Monday, November 11, 2013

Cheap, Easy, & Tasty Veggie Broth

Several months ago, I started making veggie, veggie/chicken, or veggie/beef broth in my slow cooker. For the veggies, I use the peels and end pieces of organic produce that I use to make salads, stews, soups, etc. I freeze the peels and end pieces until I’m ready to make the broth. It feels good to not waste so much produce.

One large Ziploc bag fills up almost my entire slow cooker. To the veggies I add water, salt, pepper, and various herbs. This veggie bag contained celery, carrots, onions, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, green beans, and garlic.


I cook everything on low overnight or longer. Then I strain it, squeezing the liquid out of the veggies.


The result is a flavorful broth that I like to drink by itself and also use in other soups and stews. There are some veggie pieces and herbs floating on the top, which I don’t mind, but you could pass it through a cheese cloth to make it clearer.

Exercise Update

In the last few months, my main form of exercise has been long walks and hikes, yoga, some barre classes, and mainly body weight workouts. I notice that push ups are getting easier, and it’s time to increase the number I strive for doing a bit.

Questions: Do you make your own broth? I make veggie or veggie/bone broth almost every week. I’ll post a bone broth recipe soon. I really enjoy having my own broth. What’s your current exercise regimen? Is it time to adjust thing? 

Be well,
Andrea

34 comments:

  1. ooh jealous (in a good way) I've never brothed. I love the idea of wasting less though...hmn. Every time I used packaged stock I feel as though I could technically make it. And push ups are the best but they don't get easier for me.

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    1. I'm sad I didn't start making broth sooner! :) It's easy, and I really like that I feel like I'm wasting less. Plus, I know exactly what's in it...

      I lost a little bit of weight in the last few months, and I think it really makes a difference when it comes to push ups...

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  2. What a great idea to make own veggie broth, I'll try it!

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  3. Andrea, you sure are very disciplined...I am trying to walk, but sometimes just get caught in between so many things to do...I know, it is all excuse ;-)
    Somehow I never made vegetable stock...time to give this a try.
    Have a great week Andrea, and yes, I am back :D

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  4. greta,
    i make sometimes broth often with Petersilienwurzeln (what`s the englisch word?) and you have for all many minerales and also vitamine.Petersilienwurzel has many kalium.

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    1. Yes, parsley root, as well as other roots, are great to add to broth.

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  5. Hi Andrea, I love your practicality of not wasting ends of vegetables. What a great idea to make broth out of them. I don' know of any other blog that gives the sort of very simple healthy food advice that you give. :D

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    1. Thanks, Marion! I'm glad you are enjoying my simple kitchen ideas! :)

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  6. Very cool idea on the broth! I still do my crazy workouts but I would like to transition to hiking & yoga BUT I don't want to have to drive in southern CA to get someplace nice to hike & no money for yoga right now... it will happen - just not now...

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    1. I'm lucky to live close to some great trails. And I think you'll really enjoy yoga once it happens... :)

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  7. I definitely make my own broth! It is healthy and so good for us!

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    1. Yes, it's, very healthy. I also like making bone broth, which is very good for your joints, etc.

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  8. Ive never made my own broth (shocker I know :-)) but the crazy child is still insisting she HATES soup
    I wondEr if we made it from scratch if she'd lessen the hate?!

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    1. Yes, you could try to have fun with it. The kid is taking a cooking class after school this year, and he loves it. He definitely tries and ends up liking things he wouldn't necessarily be excited about trying with me... :)

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  9. That is a brilliant idea and so easy. I will have to give this a try - I bet it has great flavor.

    I walk 4 miles a day outside until the rain comes then I have a treadmill. I need to get back to weight resistance work outs but I always find excuses not to do it!

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    1. Yes, the broth has great flavor and you can also adjust it with herbs and extra garlic, etc.

      It's easy to come up with excuses not to do resistance workouts... :)

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  10. I have about 1/2 a quart bag of veggie leftovers in our freezer that I've been saving for something like your yummy veggie broth. I've been keeping it for over a year, which tells you how good I am at remembering to put veggie ends in the bag. I hope your post will inspire me to pay attention and save more veggies! :)

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    1. I used to forget to save the veggie leftovers all the time, but now it has become second nature.

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  11. What a great way to use up all the odds and ends that we usually toss out without a thought. The broth looks not only nourishing but perfect for this time of year.

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  12. I always make chicken broth but have never tried making vegetable broth. It sounds great.

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    1. I used to only make chicken and beef broth but then started adding vegetables. Now I alternate between making chicken, beef, and veggie broth. But I always add veggies to the chicken and beef broth.

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  13. Yum! I make chicken and occasionally beef broth. Sometimes I add veggies if I remember to save them which is about never! ;-)

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    1. I used to always forget to save veggies, but now I'm used to it.

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  14. Broth looks very good! I never thought of the idea to use up veggies for this. Going to remember it when I have a new freezer (old one broke) and I can stock it in my freezer.

    My exercise is still the same: running and workout DVD's but (as you know) I've added hiking to it which I love to do.

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    1. Thanks, Fran!

      Your hikes look beautiful! Glad you are enjoying them.

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  15. Sounds wonderful, I love that you added asparagus and brussel sprouts to this! I do make my own broth, every once in a while....but I'll admit most of the time I just buy it (low sodium, of course)

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    1. I used to always buy broth, but since I started making it in the slow cooker, I make a pot every week. It's so easy and clean up is easy too. Plus, I always have enough veggie ends and peels in the freezer.

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  16. What a great way to use all the vegetables & herbs leftovers! I have yet to make my own broth, but would love to. I thought about making my own broth during my Argentina trip b/c most of their veggie bouillons contain MSG :(, but instead I used miso for everything else, which worked great!

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    1. Thanks! I know you worked with few appliances and little space, but when you have the space, and especially a slow cooker, making broth is really easy. Glad the miso worked so well! :)

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  17. I've never made my own broth, but you make it look so easy!

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    1. Making it in the slow cooker is super easy! :)

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