Quick and Flavorful Vegetables Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Quick and Flavorful Vegetables Recipe
  • READY IN 15 mins

Quick and Flavorful Vegetables

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"Here's a quick simple way to enhance the flavor of fresh veggies. Even the kids will ask for more!"

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings

Directions

  1. Place the broccoli into a 3-quart saucepan and add water to cover. Cook over medium-high heat until the broccoli is tender-crisp. Drain the broccoli well in a colander. Return the broccoli to the saucepan.
  2. Add the concentrated broth to the saucepan and toss to coat.
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  • PREP 5 mins
  • COOK 10 mins
  • READY IN 15 mins

Footnotes

  • You can substitute 4 cups of fresh broccoli florets for 1 pound green beans or fresh baby-cut carrots.
  • For something different, try 3 cups frozen whole kernel corn or peas or 1 package (16 ounces) your favorite frozen vegetable blend in this recipe.
  • To save time, use your microwave. Most stores now carry fresh and frozen vegetables in 12-ounce microwave-ready "steamer" bags. Just prepare according to package directions, drain and toss in a medium bowl with2 pouches Swanson® Concentrated Vegetable Broth!
  • For an Italian twist, stir in 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning, crushed and 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese.
  • To add some crunch, stir in 2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts or sliced almonds.
  • For a honey-balsamic glaze, stir in 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar and 2 tablespoons honey. Cook and stir over low heat for 5 minutes or until the glaze is thickened.
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Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 01, 2012

This was my first experience with the Swanson Flavor Boost Concentrated Vegetable Broth. As a flavor enhancer, it works pretty well. For this recipe though, I need to make a couple of comments. First of all, prepare your vegetables the way you usually do (I believe the recipe notes offer another cooking method, along with options for other vegetables and various add-ins). If you steam broccoli, continue to do so. I use a pressure cooker for carrots, because in my opinion, boiling them reduces their flavor. I don't believe I ever boil a fresh vegetable, so the first step of this recipe doesn't work for me. My second comment about this recipe is to sample your vegetables after adding only one packet of the concentrate and tossing well. For us, 1 and 1/2 pounds of carrots only needed one packet of the concentrate, and no other seasoning. I believe that two packets would have overpowered the vegetable flavor. Though heavy on sodium, there is very little fat, so the calorie count is low.

 
Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 09, 2012

I used one package of FROZEN california blend vegetables. This was okay. Seemed to be a bit on the salty side for us. Two of the flavor boost packets was too much for one package of vegetables. I might make this again but I'd play with the recipe a bit.

 

51 Ratings

Nov 08, 2012

Definitely quick, but heavy on the flavor... I used a steam in bag of broccoli and used only one flavor packet. While it's nice to enhance the flavor of vegetables you certainly don't want to cover them up completely. Very simple recipe, but keeping in mind that this is concentrated only use enough to taste. I do like the options in the footnotes to add a little variety.

 
Nov 05, 2012

I steamed some petite baby carrots in the microwave for 6 minutes. I let them sit a few minutes, drained them, and then added the flavor booster. I am so glad I read the reviews first! I have flavored many foods with broth or stock, but have never tried this condensed broth before. My honest opinion, is the predominant flavor is "salt." I made 1/2 recipe or 8oz of vegetables. I did only 1/2 tsp of flavor booster for 1/2 the recipe instead of the full pack suggested for that amount of carrots. 8 oz of carrots came to close to two cups, so this stuff is strong. I would not add anymore than 1/4 tsp per cup of vegetables. I thought it would glaze the vegetables too, but it didn't. I added about a tsp. of butter with canola oil along with it and the two together elevated plain steamed vegetables. I may use the rest at that ratio, as it is easy. However, for the sake of your vegetables, add it to taste only. More can always be added, if desired. It's more difficult to reverse adding too much.

 
Nov 04, 2012

I am SO glad that I read the reviews on this before following the recipe exactly...As written, it would've been waaaay to overpowering and salty, just as others have said. I only ended up using a 1/2 packet of vegetable base, and that was pushing it...I didn't care for this at all, but hubby and little guy thought it was ok, so I would've given it a 3 if the directions were accurate.

 
Nov 07, 2012

I used broccoli, cauliflower, and a zucchini close to its expiration date to get 'em out of the fridge. I also roasted my veggies before adding the flavor boost. I have to agree with others - watch how much you add and beware the salt. As a veggie lover, I like the taste of fresh vegetables to shine. Unfortunately, the flavor boost overpowers the dish and tasted a bit too processed for us.

 
Nov 05, 2012

This rating was given by my hubby because he's the one who ate the carrots I fixed. He would like me to prepare these again for him. I took one carrot and sliced it, lightly boiled it in a small saucepan, drained it, and just barely gave a swipe of the flavor booster over the top of the carrots with a dash of pepper. It was just the right amount of flavor for him.

 
Mar 20, 2012

The recipe ingredients call for carrots or green beans, but the directions only mention broccoli. I assume ANY of these 3 vegetables would work (or other vegetables).

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 54 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.9 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.3 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 3.2 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 463 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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