I try my best to eat healthy although it really is an uphill battle for someone who dreams in Chocolate and Technicolor! I sometimes rustle up this easy broth when I’m in a hurry. It makes for a flavorful and tasty lunch that’s not to high on the calorie chart. The added bonus is that you can get all your veggies into one meal. I make this on gloomy days when nothing but a huge bowl of steaming broth is essential for some soul lifting…
I have no measurements for this recipe as it’s one of those fridge magnet recipes where I throw in everything but the kitchen sink.
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Easy Chinese Vegetable Broth
What you need:
Equal parts of chicken or vegetable stock and water
Evenly chopped vegetables such as carrots, mushrooms, green peas, spinach, etc
Minced Garlic or Minced Ginger
Tofu - Optional
Eggs - Optional
Egg Noodles or any other whole-wheat alternative
Chili Flakes or if you wish for some added heat, you can use a splash of chili garlic sauce
Getting Down to Business:
Chop the green onions and separate the green parts from the white onion. Mix in the onion along with the remaining veggies you wish to use for the broth.
In a roomy pan, add in the stock and the vegetables. Also add in the minced garlic or ginger. Add in a little salt. Let the vegetables reach and boil and simmer till they’re cooked. You can also add the vegetables in a phased manner starting with the ones that take the longest to cook (like carrots and beans) and add in the ones that cook fast like green peas at the end.
If you are using a noodle of any kind, add it in when the vegetables are three fourths done and let it cook along.
Once your vegetables are uniformly cooked, add in the soy sauce, chili flakes or sauce, salt. Let it simmer for a few minutes.
Sprinkle on the reserved green leaves of the green onion and dig in!
Add in the tofu if you are using it at the final stages of cooking to ensure it doesn’t disintegrate.
At the end, break in an egg if you wish into the broth and stir well. Ensure that the egg is cooked. To make things easier, you can beat the egg ahead of time and pour it into the broth for a shortcut to an egg drop broth!
If you wish to use pot stickers, or steamed wontons, add them in towards the end to avoid them breaking up. I love Trader Joe’s Gyoza and use them all the time. Do not let the potstickers thaw. Drop them in frozen and let them cook through.
If you wish to add chicken, slice the chicken meat into strips and keep aside. Heat some toasted sesame oil, add in the chicken and sauté for a few minutes. Following this step, proceed from the first step.
Avoid adding too many elements in your broth and overcrowding it… simple is best! You could do tofu and eggs or just the potstickers or wontons, etc.