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fresh baby-cut carrots or green beans
Swanson® Flavor Boost™ Concentrated Vegetable Broth
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Quick and Flavorful Vegetables
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 2
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