This recipe is my adaptation of the author's mother's recipe for a quick vegetarian borscht from "Please to the Table". The recipe can be made vegetarian by using all vegetable broth instead of the combination of beef and vegetable broths that I use, and if you go a little further and use all vegetable oil, instead of butter and oil, it should be vegan. It's currently a favorite of mine, and I'm putting it here for safekeeping. It does come together pretty quickly, especially compared to more traditional recipes for borscht, which can be quite time consuming. According to your texture preferences, you may either peel the vegetables or not; you may also use a mixture of sweet and hot paprika. I usually serve the soup with a dollop of either light sour cream or plain lowfat greek yogurt.