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Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

A good stock can make or break many recipes -- but unfortunately, it's hard to get a good vegetable stock from a can or a box. But making it yourself is easy as can be (especially if you have a stock pot with a strainer, a worthy investment). This mock chicken stock recipe (adapted from Moosewood New Favorites) is just as versatile as the version made with poultry; you can use it in soups, casserole, risotto and much more.

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Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

You will need:

4-5 bay leaves

2 teaspoons turmeric

1 1/2 teaspoons thyme

1 teaspoon salt

2 small garlic bulbs

1/2 bunch Italian parsley

6 stalks celery

5 carrots

4 medium-sized red potatoes

4 onions

Enough water to cover ingredients

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

1. Place a large pot on the stove -- you can use a fabric strainer and put the vegetables in there (leave out the herbs and bay leaves) or one of these handy stock pots with a strainer. Add the bay leaves and the turmeric, thyme and salt.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

2. Break apart the garlic bulbs and peel the cloves; add to the pot.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

3. Rinse the parsley and add it (no need to trim the stems).

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

4. Rinse and roughly chop the celery, adding it to the stock mixture.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

5. Peel and roughly chop the carrots and add them, too.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

6. Scrub and roughly chop the potatoes and throw them in the pot.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

7. Peel and roughly chop the onion. Throw it on top of the rest of the ingredients.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

Add enough water to cover all of the vegetables.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

8. Cover and bring the stock to a boil. When it's boiling, lower to a simmer, keep covered and cook for an hour.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

The veggies make great compost when you're finished with them.

Homemade mock chicken stock for a kitchen staple on Meatless Monday

Strain and store. You can keep the stock in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze it and keep for six months. Four-cup containers are perfect for freezing the stock -- and we guarantee you'll use it before the six months are up. This stock is an excellent addition to all kinds of recipes, and it also makes a good plant-based alternative to chicken soup for vegans and vegetarians laid up with colds and the flu!