Vegetables in Garlic Broth

This was inspired by the unseasonably warm weather we’re having here in the far-eastern branch of the Bible Belt, by recipes a friend submitted to an adoption fundraising cookbook we created years ago, and by our Tupperware stack cooker–an inspiration in an of itself. This is not, mind you, a stack recipe, but it does rely on the microwave to keep the cooking time short and the kitchen cooler. I also noticed that whenever I make something that is actually vegan from the get-go, it just makes me feel so legit.

Vegetables in Garlic Broth
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4 medium potatoes, scrubbed, peeled and cubed
1/4 c water (or vegetable broth,
1 14 oz can of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 T butter
1 T oil
1 small onion, chopped
3 c roughly chopped vegetables (I used cauliflower, broccoli and carrot)
1 T minced garlic
2 c vegetable broth
Optional: 2 T HP Brown Sauce

In a 2qt microwaveable casserole, cook potatoes in water, covered, for eight minutes. Add chickpeas, stir, and cook another 5-8 minutes, until potatoes pierce easily with a fork but still have a little resistance to them. While all this is happening, in a large saucepan, brown onions in butter and oil. Add the 3 c chopped vegetables and garlic, stirring to combine. Once the vegetables are lightly browned, add potato mixture and vegetable broth (and optional HP Sauce). Let simmer over medium-low heat until broth thickens.

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About Erin McCole Cupp
Erin McCole Cupp is a wife, mother, and lay Dominican who lives with her family of vertebrates somewhere out in the middle of Nowhere, Pennsylvania. Her short writing has appeared in Canticle Magazine, The Catholic Standard and Times, Parents, The Philadelphia City Paper, The White Shoe Irregular, Outer Darkness Magazine, and the newsletter of her children’s playgroup. She is a contributor to CatholicMom.com and has been a guest blogger for the Catholic Writers Guild. Her other professional experiences include acting, costuming, youth ministry, international scholar advising, and waiting tables. When Erin is not writing, cooking or parenting, she can be found reading, singing a bit too loudly, sewing for people she loves, gardening in spite of herself, or dragging loved ones to visitors centers at tourist spots around the country. Find out more about her novels and other projects at erinmccolecupp.com .

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