My mother got this recipe at a Weight Watchers meeting about 15 years ago. I have never been able to find the recipe anywhere since. This recipe is fast, versatile, and my husband loves it. Add any frozen vegetables you like. It makes a large batch, so I always have leftovers to freeze. Please don't let the ranch scare you off, it give the stock a really nice flavor. Have fun playing with this recipe by varying the veggies, adding meats, or even grains like barley.