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Easy Vegetable Broth from Scraps

Easy Vegetable Broth from Scraps PinThis Easy Vegetable Broth from Scraps recipe puts your discarded veggie scraps to good use. Just boil them in a pot of water and you’ve got delicious homemade veggie broth!

It’s super easy to make your own vegetable broth. We put all of our veggie scraps throughout the week into a container that we store in the freezer. Each time we chop up or peel veggies, we pull the container out of the freezer and add our scraps to it.

Here are some of the things we like to throw into our Easy Vegetable Broth from Scraps pot:

  • Green bean snaps
  • Onion peels
  • Potato peels, eyes and dark spots
  • Carrot peels and ends
  • Zucchini peels and ends
  • Tomato cores
  • Spinach, chard and kale stems
  • Broccoli and cauliflower stalks (chopped small)
  • Etc. Etc. Etc.

One thing we discovered that we DON’T like are cabbage scraps, especially red cabbage. The cabbage flavor is so strong that it overpowers the other veggies, and the red cabbage gives it a dirty tint that isn’t very appetizing. You might like it, but we didn’t.

Once we have enough scraps to fill a large soup pot (usually by Sunday), we put them in the pot, fill it with water and boil it for 1 to 2 hours. Then we pour the remaining liquid through a strainer into a large 32 ounce mason jar and refrigerate it.

The scraps are spent at this point. You can throw them out or compost them, if that’s your thing.

There are several benefits to making your own vegetable broth:

  • You control what goes in it – most store-bought broth has oil and other chemicals in it. This homemade broth is pure veggie gold.
  • It’s a great use for your veggie scraps – instead of throwing all of those beautiful scraps away, do the environment a favor and make your own easy vegetable broth from scraps out of them. Making your own saves all of the energy and packaging that goes into store-bought vegetable broth.
  • It tastes a little different every time – since you won’t have exactly the same mixture of scraps each week, your broth won’t always be the same. Variety is the spice of life and also this easy vegetable broth!
  • It saves you money – buying your veggie broth from the store can get expensive, especially if you buy organic and oil-free. We’ve been able to stop buying it completely, which saves us about $25 per month!!!

Go ahead and try it! It’s super easy and absolutely delicious!

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant-based eating.

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Vegan Cashew Sour Cream

Vegan Cashew Sour Cream PinYou can use this Vegan Cashew Sour Cream as a substitute for regular sour cream. It has the same creamy texture and sour flavor so you won’t notice much difference.

We love this Vegan Cashew Sour Cream and use it for lots of recipes as a substitute for regular sour cream. We also like it on our baked potatoes with a little salt and pepper. With this healthy nut-based sour cream, there’s no need for the harmful, saturated fat, cholesterol and hormone laden dairy variety.

This recipe is super simple. Just soak the cashews in water for 2 to 4 hours (or overnight), throw them in a blender with the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

Unlike Vegan Cashew Cream and Cashew Cream Cheese, you want to blend this until completely smooth to mimic dairy-based sour cream. Add a little extra water if it still has lumps and keep blending until all the lumps are gone.

Vegan Cashew Sour Cream Instructional Video

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How to Cut Acorn Squash

Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast PinThis is How to Cut Acorn Squash the easiest way so they stand up for preparing, cooking and eating without falling over. All you’ll need is a sharp knife and a cutting board.

If you’ve ever cooked an acorn squash like our Baked Acorn Squash Breakfast, you’re familiar with the challenge of preparing and eating it. They’re hard to cut and they fall over, spilling your stuffing all over your plate.

Thanks to Amelia’s guidance, I figured out the easiest way to cut an acorn squash with the least amount of effort.

Save the seeds and use our Roasted Squash Seeds recipe to make a delicious snack or salad topping.

How to Cut Acorn Squash Cooking Video



Step 1: Get Prepared

Get a sharp knife and place your acorn squash on a cutting board.

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Step 2: Cut Off the Stem of the Acorn Squash

The first step is to cut off the stem to form a flat base so the squash stands up for the remaining cuts.

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Step 3: Cut Off One Side of the Acorn Squash

Stand the acorn squash up on the flat base you created in Step 2. Then cut a small section off of one side.

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Step 4: Cut Off the Other Side of the Acorn Squash

Now cut off a small section from the opposite side from your previous cut.

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Step 5: Cut the Acorn Squash in Half

The final step is to cut the acorn squash in half down the middle between your previous two slices.

How to Cut Acorn Squash

And that’s all it takes to perfectly cut your acorn squash so it stands up during preparation, cooking and eating.

P.S. You still need to scoop out the innards 😉

Flax Eggs

Flax EggsFlax eggs are a really good substitute for chicken eggs because they have a similar consistency and serve the same purpose without the fat, cholesterol or animal cruelty. Plus, one flax egg has 2 grams of fiber and 30 calories compared to zero grams of fiber and 78 calories for a real egg.

You can substitute these for real eggs in many recipes, but you may find some that require a different substitute like applesauce, black beans, chickpea flour, fruit puree or other creative substitutes. View our Vegan Substitutes Guide for other egg substitutes.

This recipe makes 1 flax egg, which equals 1 real egg.

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Cashew Cream Cheese

Cashew Cream CheeseCashew Cream Cheese is a staple substitute in the vegan diet and it’s easy to make. By mixing in 1 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, you can closely approximate a cheese flavor. You can also mix in some nutritional yeast, which adds the cheese flavor to go with the texture.

Use this Cashew Cream Cheese in your cooking to replace ricotta or cream cheese. For ricotta, leave it a little chunkier. For cream cheese, blend it until it’s smooth and add a little extra water to thin it out. It’s also great as a sandwich spread and as a dip for your chips and veggies.

You’ll need to soak the cashews for 2 hours to make them soft. Plan accordingly!

Our Vegan Gluten Free Lasagna uses this as a ricotta substitute. Check out our vegan substitutes guide for other substitution ideas.

If you make this recipe, please let us know your thoughts in the comments below. And please share with your friends to help spread the word about healthy plant-based eating.

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Vegan Cashew Cream

Cashew Cream CheeseVegan Cashew Cream is a staple substitute in the plant based vegan diet and it’s easy to make. You can use it in place of ricotta, cream and other types of melted cheese since it has a similar texture.

Depending on how you want to use this vegan cashew cream, you’ll want to blend it differently. For a ricotta texture, blend it until its creamy but slightly lumpy. If you want to drizzle it over pizza or pastries, add a little extra water to the blender and blend until it’s a smooth creamy liquid that pours easily.

You’ll need to soak the cashews for 2 hours to make them soft. Plan accordingly.

Here are some recipes that can make use of vegan cashew cream:

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