Broth. It’s one of my favorite things. Why? Because it’s a simple way to make just about everything better (and easier).
There are lots of vegan broths out there, but my favorite come in dry cubes. They allow you to make as much or as little as you need without worrying about spoiling. This particular brand makes a few different varieties, and I keep all of them in my pantry at all times. Pre-packaged liquid broth is also perfectly fine, but in my experience most of them have a very strong carrot flavor. That’s fine if you like carrots, but frankly, I detest carrots. 🙂
If you want to add a lot of flavor to a recipe without adding a lot of fat or calories, broth is the way to go. You can cook rice, pasta, potatoes (or any other veggie you can think of) in broth instead of plain water, and you won’t need to add much else (if anything) to the food. You can sauté your food with broth instead of oil, and cut out a lot of fat there, especially if you are doing a no-oil vegan diet.
And now that the weather is getting cooler, you can use the broth for my favorite thing – soup. The best thing about having broth around is just throwing something together and watching it turn out great. Start with about 6 cups of broth and throw in just about anything savory you can find in your pantry – beans, rice, pasta, frozen veggies, fresh veggies, herbs (dry or fresh), you name it, let it simmer for about 30 minutes and voila! Dinner in a pinch. Some of my favorite recipes are those soups I just tossed together with no real plan.
So, find a broth (or two) you like and keep it on hand. You’ll find a million ways to use it!