I was initially grossed out at the idea of borscht years ago. But after I've learned to love beets, I decided to potchke around the kitchen and make my own as a mish-mash of various recipes, and have it be 100% vegetarian. Vegan, actually. Unlike most borscht recipes, this has no cabbage in it. It was mostly out of laziness and cheapness because I ended up with three large beets and didn't feel like buying anything else. But I love beets now, so it worked!