-1 quart veggie broth
-Zest of one small lime
-1 heaping tsp cumin
-1/2 tsp powdered ginger
-1/4 heaping tsp white pepper
-1/4 cup all natural creamy peanut butter
-1/2 cup low fat sour cream
-1 sm lime, juiced
-1 bunch cilantro, washed and coarsely chopped.
-Olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
*** Homemade broth. The truly easy version!
Check out your produce drawer. What do you have in there that's old and possibly funky? Gather what you have, discarding dirty vegetable ends and coarsely chopping. Rinse. You'll be starting a slop pile with these veggies. To the slop, you'll add onion peels and ends, potato peels (if they've been washed!), carrot peels, broccoli stems, cauliflower stems, radish greens, garlic peels... you get the idea. Now sacrifice just a few of your 'good' veggies.. half an onion, a few carrots, some celery. **This is the part that kept me, stupidly, from making my own veggie broth in the past. I thought why buy vegetables to turn into broth, when I just stock up on Organic Vegetable Broth at Grocery Outlet for $.99? But not everyone likes Gross Out like I do and not only can store bought broth be quite spendy, but it smells unpleasant. That's never a good thing. Ok, back to our homemade goodness.
It works best to give yourself a few days to build up your slop. I just have a plastic bag going and instead of composting scraps for a few days, into the bag they go. Now when you have good stash, heat a little oil in your soup pot. Add all your chopped 'good' veggies and cook over low/med heat for 15 minutes. This will help release fresh flavor in your broth. Then add slop and fill your pot to the brim with water. If you a growler on hand, it’s almost the perfect amt. Add any other dried or fresh herbs you have on hand... bay leaves, thyme, basil, oregano, marjoram and rosemary are good options. Don't worry about amts and add roughly 1 tsp salt. Bring to boil, then turn off completely and let sit overnight. Strain and pour into jars or tupperware. Freeze or refrigerate.
My freezer, happily full of veggie broth.
Lula keeping warm on a winter day just right for soup.