|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 33g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||19%|
|Total Sugars 6g|
|Vitamin C 117mg||585%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This recipe is for a homemade sodium-free and MSG-free version of Vegeta Gourmet Seasoning, that ubiquitous Eastern European vegetable-spice mix created by the Podravka company in Croatia. You'll find Vegeta in the ingredient list of many recipes. It's a go-to seasoning mixture used to flavor foods from soups and veggies to meats and poultry.
The problem is, it contains MSG. For those with MSG allergies, that can be a real problem. Now Podravka makes a No MSG-Added Vegeta but it still contains loads of sodium.
This version, posted in March 2010 on Nina's Recipes, is MSG-free AND sodium-free. It's very similar to the original created by Podravka. Real veggies are roasted until dehydrated and then whizzed into a powder. Store the resulting mixture in a screw-top jar in a cool, dry place.
3 medium onions, cut into 2-inch pieces
6 stalks celery, diced
3 medium potatoes, peeled, diced
3 large red bell peppers, seeded, diced
3 large yellow bell peppers, seeded, diced
3 large orange bell peppers, seeded, diced
3 large green bell peppers, seeded, diced
3 large carrots, peeled, diced
10 cloves garlic
1 bunch fresh parsley
Steps to Make It
Heat the oven to 175 F.
Using a food processor or grinder, process all vegetables.
Place the vegetable mixture into a strainer and let it drain for 30 minutes. To speed up the process, place the vegetables in a cheesecloth, bring up the ends of the cheesecloth, and twist the edges to wring out as much moisture as possible.
Spread the vegetables in a flat even layer on ungreased baking sheet(s). Bake for 4 1/2 to 5 hours. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
Transfer to a food processor to crush the baked vegetable mixture into as fine a powder as you like. You can use this mix on any dish—soups, rice, potatoes, stews, meats, vegetables.
Source: Nina's Recipes, March 11, 2010
Turn Vegeta Into a Hostess Gift
This would make a neat edible gift for Christmas or any other time of year when a hostess gift is in order. Place this seasoning in a container like a clear glass bottle with a cork stopper or a screw-top. Tie a ribbon around the neck of the bottle and include a printed description of what Vegeta is and how it's used. An extra-special touch would be to attach a printed version of a recipe that calls for Vegeta. Your salt- and MSG-conscious friends will love you.