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Vegetable Broth

Homemade vegetable broth is an easy, delicious way to add more nutrients into your diet!  Yes, I said homemade, I’m not talking about the vegetable broth you buy in the store that comes in a box.  Homemade vegetable broth is packed full of nutrients, adds amazing flavour to your dishes, and will sooth your soul.  Plus, it is a joy to make, especially if you are using some homegrown vegetables!

I hear way to often from clients that they don’t like to cook.  I get it.  I have definitely gone through phases where cooking seems like more of a chore than it’s worth.  The fact is, we all need to eat, and eat often.  Heck, somedays it feels like I spend most of the day in the kitchen.  If you are one of those people who doesn’t enjoy cooking, I hope you give it some deeper thought after reading this blog post.

While cooking can seem like just another chore to do, it like to look at it in a different way.  Cooking home made meals for yourself and loved ones, really is, on a basic level, an act of love.  In fact, if you are into the “woo-woo” stuff, you can actually infuse your love into the meal you are cooking.  Your energies that you are feeling while cooking will actually be absorbed by the foods you are cooking, and therefore be transferred to those eating the food.  I know for some of you this may seem a little far out there.  Think about it, if you received some cookies from two different people, and one was baked with love and joy, while the other was baked in a frenzied state by an unhappy person, which cookie do you think you would naturally reach for first?  My guess is that you would subconsciously reach for the one baked with love, without even knowing it.

Making homemade vegetable broth can be the perfect opportunity to bring more joy and appreciation into you kitchen.  When life gets crazy and I get into a state where cooking seems like extra work, I really like to slow down and bring gratitude into my kitchen.  Food is what gives us life, and we should be deeply grateful for the abundance of food we have available to us.  I think it is so important to really connect with the food you are eating.  Thinking about where it came from and how it was grown.  I am so incredibly grateful for all the farmers who work very hard to provide food to the world.  They really are very under-appreciated.  Take some time to pause and think about where you would get your food without them.  If you do some of your own gardening (which I HIGHLY recommend!!), you will probably have a good idea about how much work it takes to grow your own food.

This broth is amazing for making your homemade soups, adding to sauces, cooking grains, or drinking warm cup to warm and nourish your insides!

Enjoy!

1.  Heat coconut oil in a large stockpot.  Add onions, garlic, carrots, and celery.  Saute for 5 minutes.  Add sea salt and pepper, and saute 1 minute longer.

2.  Add remaining ingredients, and bring to a boil over med-high heat.  Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1-2 hours.  The longer you simmer the broth, the more flavourful it will be.

3.  Remove from heat and let cool slightly. Strain the broth through a stainless-steel colander.  Use immediately, or transfer to mason jars for later use.  Broth will stay good in the fridge for up to 4 days, or up to 12 months in the freezer.  If freezing be sure to let jars cool completely before transferring to freezer.