Ukrainian Borscht is a delicious and healthy vegetable soup that is known and prepared throughout Russian/Slavic cultures. This version includes beets, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and can easily be made vegetarian/vegan.
Wash and dry the meat and cut into 1" pieces. Heat a large 6 quart soup pot with 2 tablespoons olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the meat and quickly brown from all sides (about 5 minutes). Fill the pot 2/3 full (4 quarts) of water and add bay leaves and salt. Bring to a boil on high heat, then turn to low and cook for about 1 hour for meat to become soft and tender. Skim off any grey foam.