One of the best things about cooler weather is, HELLOOOO, FOOD! I love slow cooker meals and this Fall Borscht will not disappoint! This specific Borscht has so many anti-inflammatory ingredients that are GREAT for PCOS and of course some amazing super foods for fertility! If you decide to try this recipe, please email me a pic and your review to email@example.com!
*Disclaimer – I am not a doctor or certified nutritionist…..this information is based on what has helped me personally with PCOS and infertility.*
3 cups of shredded or hand-torn cabbage (Cabbage has vitamin C, calcium and is also rich in dietary fiber and will fill you up quicker. Cabbage is also an anti-inflammatory super food.)
4 beets – (Beets are a great source of antioxidant resveratrol thought to help combat against age related infertility. They are also rich in nitrates well known to improve blood flow. The deep red color of beets is also their super power. This pigment has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.)
1 tomato diced (Lycopene, an antioxidant compound that gives tomatoes their color, could increase sperm count by 70 percent. Tomatoes are rich in a carotenoid called lycopene, which can help fight PCOS heart disease and cancer.)
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced (Women who have PCOS frequently have elevated blood levels of glucose, cholesterol and triglycerides, these are indicators of increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Raw garlic is effective in reducing glucose (blood sugar), and the blood fats cholesterol and triglycerides, which makes garlic GREAT for PCOS and heart health! Not to mention, a clove of fresh, raw garlic every day before ovulation increases your chance to conceive – FYI on that one.)
2 cups of beef broth
1 can 6-ounce tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill weed (Dill weed helps regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle and can help reduce cramps.)
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1 bay leaf (In addition to many antioxidants in bay leaf, it contains bioactive compounds that improve insulin sensitivity, which is a huge help for PCOS patients. Bay leaf is also an anti-inflammatory spice!)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (Ground cumin is an anti-inflammatory spice.)
1/2 teaspoon thyme (Thyme suppress the COX-2 enzyme in our bodies, which is a huge culprit of inflammation and pain. Thyme also promotes fertility in both men and women.)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika (Paprika contains vitamin A,E, K and C. It’s also an anti-inflammatory super spice.)
- Place beets, potatoes, diced tomatoes, onions and garlic in slow cooker.
- Whisk together beef broth, tomato paste, dried dill weed, dried parsley, bay leaf, salt and pepper, chili powder, ground cumin, thyme, garlic powder and paprika.
- Pour mixture over veggies in slow cooker.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 1/2 hours or 4 hours on high.
- Set heat to high, then stir in the shredded cabbage. Cover and continue cooking until the cabbage is tender, about 30 minutes. Remove bay leaf.
- Serve and enjoy!