Nathalie's Notes

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Let's see if you can find the problem with this recipe for Meatless Monday. I pulled it out of "Woman's Day" month of menus page under the heading "Meatless Monday."

Easy Minestrone: Boil 1/3 cup elbow macaroni in 5 cups chicken broth for 5 minutes. Add 2 cups frozen Italian vegetables, 1 cup chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans) and 1/4 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes; simmer until tender.

Easy? Yes.

Meatless? Not so much. I poured the whole container of chicken broth into the pot and realized I needed one more cup. As I looked through the pantry I saw the vegetable broth next to the chicken broth and thought "uh-oh."

How exactly is a dish containing chicken broth considered "meatless"? And how am I so distracted that I didn't think of that before pouring it in the pot? At that point, I was committed because I wasn't about to waste the container of chicken broth. I mean, what's 'green' about wasting, right?

Am I nuts? As I'm scanning more vegetarian recipes I'm seeing chicken broth used as an ingredient. What's the deal with that?

2 thoughts on “Meatless Mondays: Easy Minestrone

  1. says:

    Perhaps the recipe was written by my father-in-law who always serves salmon for his vegetarian guests, because “they don’t eat meat.”
    I’ve actually wondered the same thing before. I use chicken broth for everything….you know, for flavor. Actually, I use ghetto broth made from the boullion (spelling check) cubes mixed into a cup of water…I’m frugal. I think there must be a chicken broth exclusion rule when it comes to vegetarian cooking and an unspoken understanding that “vegetarian” is simply sans chunks of meat…because after all liquid rendered from the fat and bones is so much more palatable than flesh chunks! Enjoy your soup though.


  2. Anna-from-the-bookstore says:

    This post and comment are making me giggle. And hungry.


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