Why vegetable booster should be a staple in your kitchen

Friday, April 23, 2021

Stocks are a key part of what completes many dishes, adding a depth of flavour that otherwise wouldn’t be present. Vegetable boosters present a refreshing alternative to meat-based stocks and allow chefs to prepare a wide array of hearty, healthy recipes while also catering to vegetarian and vegan customers.

vegetables cooking in pot

Stocks as the foundation of flavour

vegetables cooking in pot

Stocks play a vital role as the foundation of flavourful soups, sauces, casseroles, pies, and so much more. Using a high-quality stock in your kitchen helps add a deep, rich flavour to whatever dishes you’re making. A good stock enables you to get the most flavour out of your ingredients, creating something that genuinely satisfies diners and keeps them coming back for more. The quality of the stock you use is paramount since it’s easy to end up with an inferior stock that is weak and watery. A great stock can lift a dish to new heights, while a poor stock will make little if any difference in terms of flavour.

Stocking your kitchen with vegetable booster

With a growing public shift towards more health-conscious dining choices, there’s never been a better time to pivot your kitchen towards using vegetable boosters. Vegetable boosters provide a lighter option without compromising on the flavour they bring to a dish. Vegetable boosters also allow you to create more dishes suited to a diverse array of dietary needs. They’re ideal for adding extra flavour to dishes suited to vegan and vegetarian diners, allowing you to not only serve but truly delight these customers when they eat at your business.

Choosing a vegetable booster

mix of fresh vegetables

While the benefits of stocking a vegetable booster in your kitchen are clear, knowing which one to go with may not be. While you can create your own vegetable stock in house, this activity will require you to dedicate staff, time, and resources that you may not have in abundance.

If you want to try sourcing a high-quality, flavour-packed, and locally produced vegetable stock

for your kitchen, then the new MAGGI Vegetable Booster is an ideal choice. This full-bodied vegetable stock is:

  • Vegan & Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Made with Iodised Salt
  • Dissolves instantly
  • High yielding - makes up to 96L
  • Blended locally in NZ
  • Uses recyclable packaging

Explore the full range of MAGGI stocks and boosters.

maggi vegetable booster

 

Vegetable booster recipes

chef in black apron chopping vegetables

Here is a list of recipes that leverage vegetable booster to add an extra depth of flavour.

Broccoli & Roasted Butternut Risotto

This recipe for broccoli and roasted butternut risotto is ideal for creating a delicious and aromatic risotto. Use vegetable booster and black garlic paste to create a stock for the risotto before adding a golden butternut mix on top to finish.

Quick Minestrone Soup

minestrone soup

This quick minestrone soup recipe is an indulgent mix of pasta and vegetables that’s sure to be a popular menu item. Mix in vegetable booster and finish with a garnish of fresh parsley and parmesan cheese. Use gluten-free pasta to make this recipe gluten-free, or use vegan parmesan cheese to create a vegan-friendly minestrone.

Quick Thick Bean Soup

This quick thick bean soup recipe is a satisfying mix of beans and seasonal vegetables with a hint of curry and garlic that really hits the spot. Combine vegetable booster with a blend of bean purée, leek, and celery. After cooking, garnish with fresh parsley and sourdough bread. Add a teaspoon of turmeric to enhance colour and flavour. Adding chopped spinach or silverbeet will also add extra colour and flavour to this dish.

Cheesy Potato Fans

Cheesy Potato

Cheese and potatoes are always a winning combination, so try adding this recipe for irresistible cheesy potato fans to your menu. Use vegetable booster to infuse the potatoes with the taste of seasonal vegetables before finishing with sour cream and chives. Try sprinkling parmesan cheese and adding a light dusting of smoked paprika to create an even richer flavour.

Homemade Vegan Chilli

vegan chilli

This recipe for homemade vegan chilli has all the character of a hearty homemade chilli featuring seasonal vegetables and a hint of zesty lime. Use vegetable booster to enhance the flavour of included vegetables before mixing in chopped coriander and lime juice. Make this dish even heartier by serving over a bed of rice.

Best Lentil Soup

Use this rich tomato and lentil soup recipe to offer something light yet flavour-packed to your customers. Mix in vegetable booster with the lentils before seasoning with freshly ground black pepper and adding in chopped kale. Use baby spinach or silverbeet instead of kale if preferred, or add some smoky chorizo for a non-vegan/vegetarian alternative.

Lentil & Couscous Stuffed Peppers

A feast for the eyes and tastebuds, this recipe for lentil and couscous stuffed peppers looks as great as it tastes. Cook the lentils with vegetable booster and bay leaf before packing them along with couscous into the capsicum halves. Finish with crumbled feta, lemon juice, chopped basil, and red chilli flakes.