Healthy recipe

Simple Bone Broth

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Benefits of Bone Broth:

No doubt you have heard the buzz about bone broth. There are many people, including myself, that sing the praises of it. And why not?

Bone Broth...

  • Heals a leaky gut
  • Eases joint pain
  • Supports bone health
  • Helps digestion
  • Is full of minerals
  • Promotes healthy hair and nails
  • Fights inflammation

By my standards, it's awesome.

Bone Broth is so simple to incorporate into your healthy diet.

What I have for you here is a very basic recipe to create a simple and nourishing bone broth for yourself and your family. Once you get comfortable with this basic recipe, you can build upon it. You can add celery, carrots, parsnips, or other veggies you like best. Experiment with flavors and find what works for you. You can add a chunk of ginger or fresh herbs like parsley.  Although beef marrow bones are my "Go To" bones for broth, you can certainly try any bones you wish or have access to!

If you are ready, go for it! 

Ah, but now what? How do you use it? No worries! I got you covered.

Try these ideas:

  • Heat up a cup of broth and sip it from your favorite mug (My personal #1 choice).
  • Fill your thermos before heading to your kiddos outdoor games this season.
  • Use it in soups and stews.
  • Use it in place of water when cooking rice, other grains or beans.
  • Heat up and pour over mashed sweet potatoes or veggies.
  • Add as any base liquid when cooking.
  • Anytime you might normally go to add a 1/2 cup of water or store-bought stock, stop what you are doing and grab your own homemade amazing broth!

 

Simple Beef Bone Broth

Prep time: 20 mins

Cook time: 24 hours+

Ingredients

  • 2.5-3lbs of beef marrow bone
  • one whole head of garlic, peeled
  • 2 small onions (I use yellow), peeled and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 12 cups of water

Instructions

  1. Put bones in crockpot and spoon the vinegar over the bones.
  2. Wait 15 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot.
  4. Set on low for 18-36 hours. (I usually do something in the 24 hour range).
  5. Remove and discard as much of the bones, garlic and onions as possible.
  6. Strain the remaining broth using a colander or, even better, cheese cloth.
  7. Allow to cool. A layer of fat will form at the top. Remove the fat and toss.
  8. Separate into storage containers.
  9. Bone broth will store for 3-5 days in the refrigerator, up to 6 months in the freezer. 

 

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Let's sum this up: bone broth is easy to make, full of health benefits and, with a few little tweaks in your normal food habits, is easy to incorporate into any healthy lifestyle.

SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Go make a batch and tell me how it goes! You know I want to hear all about it and so do other moms JUST LIKE YOU. We have a supportive community of moms who are trying to figure out the "mom thing" and the "healthy thing" and make it all work together.

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Eat well, be well,

Michelle 

Simple Veggie Quinoa

Quinoa has become a really popular alternative grain to use when looking for easy to use healthy options. And why not? (Ok, it is not really a grain but rather a seed or a "pseudo-cereal... but you can go ahead and treat it like a grain.) 

Quinoa is loaded with nutrients. When you include quinoa in a meal, you know you are getting:

  • Protein (a COMPLETE protein with all essential amino acids)
  • Fiber (more than almost any other whole grain)
  • Mangenese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Potassium

Not only that but quinoa is full of antioxidants that go after any trouble makers (aka disease causing) free radicals in our bodies. Quinoa is gluten free so anyone with a gluten intolerance can still include quinoa in their diet. 

Quinoa is easy to add into your diet. When I first starting incorporating it, I simply used it in place of rice.  If you are just starting to cook with quinoa or if you have been using it and just need a quick and easy recipe, this one I am sharing with you is perfect. You can use this dish anyway that works best for you:

  • as a side or main dish for dinner
  • as part of a healthy lunch box for the kids or yourself
  • add a scoop to your favorite green salad

Remember to use your KIDS' favorite vegetables to make sure this recipe is kid-approved! 

 

Simple Veggie Quinoa

Ingredients:

4-6 cups of your favorite chopped veggies (onions, garlic, peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, carrot, celery, broccoli, greens, to name a few. Use whatever you like best!)

coconut oil for cooking

2 cups of water

tumeric

garlic powder

1 piece of Kombu seaweed (optional) 

salt

1 cup of quinoa, rinsed

Additional seasoning like coconut aminos or any other you like! 

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan with 2 cups of water, sprinkle tumeric, garlic powder and salt across the top. Add one pice of Kombu and 1 cup of quinoa. 
  2. Bring the saucepan to a boil. Then cover and reduce heat for a simmer.
  3. Allow quinoa to simmer for 15 minutes. 
  4. While quinoa is cooking, heat coconut oil in a pan. Add your favorite chopped veggies and cook. Allow veggies to soften to desired texture. 
  5. When quinoa is finished the water will be mostly absorbed and fluffy. Remove the kombu. It can be chopped and added to your final dish or discarded. Your call. 
  6. Combine the quinoa and the veggies. Season it up with coconut aminos, salt, pepper or anything else you like! 
  7. Enjoy! 

 


Need some of the ingredients to get started? I suggest buying as much as you can from your local health food store, but if you need options, here you go! 


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Easy Red Cabbage

Although I used to only break this recipe out during the holidays, more and more  am making it throughout the winter. This is an easy recipe to set up and just let simmer. It is simple, delicious and is widely popular within my family. 

I  have passed this recipe around to many family members who have asked me for it and now I am passing it along to you! Enjoy! 

 

Ingredients:

4-5 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces. I recommend nitrate-free bacon.

1 head of thin sliced red cabbage

1 large red onion

2 granny smith apples, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

A pinch each of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice.

Salt & pepper to taste

 

Directions:

1. In a large pot, start cooking the bacon on medium-low heat.

2. Once the bacon is limp, add in the onions.

3. Once the onions begin to turn clear, reduce heat to a simmer, add in the cabbage and apples. 

4. Stir all the ingredients to coat with bacon drippings.

5. Add balsamic vinegar and seasonings. 

6. Stir all ingredients and continue to simmer. 

7. I recommend simmering this dish for 45-60 minutes. Remember, the longer you simmer, the better the flavor! 

 

If you like a sweeter red cabbage, add in 1/4 cup of brown sugar or honey. 

Leftovers are just as tasty as the first dish and simple to reheat! 

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think!

Eat well, friends! And Happy Holidays!