I suppose I never was a fan of beets because I only ever had canned. Fresh is the BEST. Yes they did scare me but aren't they beautiful? Supposedly they're a super food. I honestly was intimidated. But you just peel them up and if you want you can even use the leaves. If you decide to use the leaves they go in towards the end of the cooking process.
One thing that you're going to want to make sure you have on hand is lemon juice, either fresh or bottled.
Why? Because beets stain, be prepared. This will help get the stain out. You might also want to wear gloves when you slice up the beets.
Before you go preparing all those veggies. You might want to put the meat in the freezer. Unless you have a food processor this needs to be cut into small cubes by hand. Freezing it for just a little while will make this much easier.
Next prepare all those yummy veggies. Trust me this is worth the effort. I prefer the soup chunky. If you're blessed to have a food processor please use it. After the veggies are all chopped up get the meat from the freezer and chop it up.
I hope whether you're a fan of beets or not you'll try this soup. It's quite delicious and satisfying. I would say you could even cook the meat and add everything else to the crock-pot and let it cook away all day. Serve it with a crusty bread and enjoy.