HOW TO: Make nourishing and health-boosting vegan “bone” broth

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1. Gather the ingredients.

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic (2 tsp when chopped)
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 2 ribs celery (about 1/4 cup when chopped)
  • 1 large carrot (about 1 cup when chopped)
  • 1/2 medium onion (about 1/2 cup when chopped)
  • 1/2 red pepper (about 1/2 cup when chopped)
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 3-4 shiitake mushroom caps (about 1/2 cup when chopped)
  • 1/2 small fennel (about 1/2 cup when chopped)
  • 1 cup loosely packed kale
  • 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • several stems of parsley (about 2 tbsp when chopped)
  • 1 tsp sea salt

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2. Chop the vegetables.

Peel and chop the vegetables and the garlic and ginger. See above for the approximate amounts you want for the recipe (if the measurements are slightly off or you really love/hate one of the ingredients you can add/subtract how much you put in the recipe).

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3. Sauté the garlic and ginger.

In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the chopped garlic and ginger and sauté for three minutes until the garlic starts to turn golden.

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4. Add the carrot, onion, and fennel.

Raise the heat to medium and add the carrot, onion, and fennel to the pot, stirring well to coat with the olive oil, garlic, and ginger. Cook for five minutes, stirring occasionally.

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5. Add the red pepper, broccoli, mushrooms, and water.

Next, add the red pepper, broccoli florets, and seven cups of water. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and cook semi-covered or totally covered for 40 minutes. [Note: vegetables naturally lose some of their nutrition value while cooking. There is some evidence that covering a pot while a soup is cooking will help preserve the nutrients better. Also, use the freshest vegetables you can find and make the broth soon after cutting up the vegetables.]

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6. Add the kale, parsley, lemon juice, and salt.

Add the kale, parsley, lemon juice, and salt, stirring to incorporate. Cover again, cook for five more minutes, then turn off the heat.

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7. Strain the broth.

Carefully strain the soup by pouring it through a fine-mesh sieve. Get all the liquid you possibly can by pressing on the vegetables to release any extra broth. I ended up with about 4 cups of broth.

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8. Drink up!

Serve immediately or let cool and store in the fridge. Although the” bone” broth will keep for several days in the fridge (or you could freeze it), it should be consumed as soon as possible to maximize the available nutrients. Enjoy!

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2 Responses to “HOW TO: Make nourishing and health-boosting vegan “bone” broth”

  1. ccpin says:

    What if anything do you suggest we do with the actual vegetables once we have strained them away from the liquid? It seems like such a waste. I don’t compost for the moment, so it definitely would go straight to the garbage, unless there is something else we could do with them? Save them for… pasta primavera?
    Just found your site and made your Lentil Dip just now. Delicious!

  2. Beth Shea says:

    Thanks for reading Inhabitots! We hope you enjoy our many recipes. We like your idea to use the veggies in a pasta sauce. Also, check these out:

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