I was first introduced to Massel’s bouillon and stock products earlier this year when they asked me to do a few blog posts after reviewing their products. At home, I like to use products that are gluten-free and dairy-free for my family and without a lot of added “stuff”. What I didn’t know at the time was that all of their products are also vegan. Wow! What a concept. See my first review of Massel’s products here along with their story.
When I was trying to think of what to make, I remembered a recipe from my cookbook that might be the perfect test; a chicken-less stew that tastes like pot pie. In the past, I had made it with milk to make it vegetarian but hadn’t tried vegan.
I love this recipe for a few reasons. It was easy. I started cooking at 6:00 pm and had dinner on the table by 6:40 pm. The active cooking time, when I had to be at the stove, was about 15 minutes. I shaved off some time by using Trader Joe’s pre-cut mirepoix (onion, carrot, celery). If you had to do that yourself, add maybe 5 more minutes. Another reason I liked it was the whole family asked for seconds. That’s always a good sign. I cooked some Mrs. Glee’s crazy noodles (my review is here) right in the stew so it became almost like a chicken and dumpling styled dish. These noodles, also vegan, are made from beans. So the third thing I liked about the dish was the high protein, low carb content. Oh wait, there’s a fourth. It was so easy, my husband did it with very little direction.
I liked the Massel stock because it was quick to make and very flavorful. I’ve tried both the bouillon and the stock and liked both of them. So, wait no longer. Get ready. Here’s the much anticipated recipe! I posted additional (useful) photos after the recipe. Enjoy. Please leave a comment as well. It’s nice to know someone is reading the blog and hopefully getting useful information.
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Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots, celery, poultry seasoning, and pepper. Without stirring too often, allow to cook until the onion is soft and lightly browned. This gives the stew good flavor. Add salt. Cook for 1 minute.
Add beans and broth. Bring to a boil then lower to a simmer. Cook about 15 minutes.
Add milk substitute and stir. Slowly bring to a simmer.
Stir the cornstarch and water mixture. Add to the pot and stir. Add peas and/or corn. Simmer about 5 more minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
Taste and season with additional salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.
|Saute the veggies and seasonings first.|
|Drain the beans and prepare the broth.|
|Finished stew before the noodles.|