The Benefits of Bone Broth

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been sick…Like REALLY sick.

But here I am today, partly in thanks to a simple, cheap health health hack, and all it takes is patience.

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Started as a sore throat, then add a cough, to phlegmy cough, to wanting to DIE!!! About a week in, we of course had company, which a can’t deny no matter how sick I am, because I love them, but obviously kept my distance. We had A whole roasted chicken, and Smoked Ribs for dinner, which meant, LOTS OF BONES! LOL

Of course, in typical Jeff fashion, he just wants everything clean, like NOW, but his brother pretty much MADE him get out the stock pot and recycle those flavor filled bones.

Next thing you know, with beer in hand, they’re digging through the spice cabinet, smelling all the spices, figuring out what would add the best flavor. This is after the salt,pepper, onion and fresh ginger. Kinda cute to watch actually. ♥

Anyway, the point of this blog/article, is to share:

  1. How DELICIOUS bone broth can be
  2. How many amazing benefits it has for you health
  3. How much better it made me feel and I should have thought of it sooner
  4. My reminder to myself, to start adding it more frequently to my diet!

So what is it?

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Bone broth is made using the bones and cartilage from meat, often chicken or beef.

The bones and cartilage are simmered on a stovetop or crockpot, resulting in a liquid broth that can be used for soups, added to other meals or just sipped warm from a coffee cup (my favorite way)

Bones are actually densely loaded with a variety of minerals, as well as gelatin and collagen, which is why bone broth can have many health benefits.

Bone broth is actually loaded with minerals, as well as some vitamins. Bone broth contains a very high amount of magnesium. It is also a good source of iron, selenium, copper, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

Bone broth also contains several amino acids that our bodies do not produce them when we are under stress, meaning that we need to get these amino acids through our food. Bone broth contains four amino acids—arginine, glycine, glutamine and proline—that are needed for immune function, gut function, cognitive ability, and body detox.

So what is bone broth good for?

1. Heal Leaky Gut
For people with leaky gut and other digestive disorders, drinking one cup of bone broth each day can actually help completely treat their condition in some cases. The gelatin in bone broth is effective at repairing holes in your gut that lead to diarrhea, food intolerances, constipation, and bloating.

2. Boost Immune Function
Bone broth can help prevent a wide range of health problems, by improving immune function. This is due to its dense concentration of minerals, amino acids, and other nutrients.

3. Fight off Colds and Viruses
There’s a reason you have chicken soup when you’re sick. Studies have found that bone broth is effective in reducing the symptoms of the common cold. Bone broth helps clear your sinuses and respiratory passages. It also provides you with easy-to-digest nutrition. (Maybe this is why, once the broth was made, I went from wanting to DIE for a week and a half, to feeling 60% better within a couple of days 😉

4. Eliminate Joint Pain
For years, people have used glucosamine supplements to ease joint pain. Bone broth contains glucosamine, which means that it can also be effective in reducing joint pain. Bone broth can also help strengthen bone and prevent osteoporosis.

5. Improve Sleep
Bone broth contains glycine, which has many health benefits. In fact, studies have found that glycine can improve sleep quality, as well as improve memory. Taking bone broth can allow for more refreshing sleep and better cognitive function.

6. Look Young
Bone broth is loaded with collagen, which provides many bone broth skin benefits. Collagen is essential for skin health and keeps us looking young. Many skin products use collagen, but drinking bone broth can give you an added effect, helping your skin look firm, radiant, and young.

7. Hydrate Your Body
Since it’s loaded with minerals and electrolytes, bone broth can actually hydrate your body better than water. Since dehydration is common for women who are pregnant, there are a lot of bone broth benefits for pregnancy. Bone broth can also help athletes rehydrate their bodies.

How to Make Bone Broth and Bone Stock

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Not only is bone broth good for you, but it’s also very easy to make, Time consuming, but easy, lol.  You can make bone broth with meat bones, water. For added flavor, add in seasoning/spices, salt/pepper, fresh ginger, onion, etc, whatever you like the taste of.

Best time to do it? Obviously after you cook a turkey, whole chicken, or meat with bones!

To make your bone broth, place meat bones into a Crock-Pot or a slow cooker, then fill it up with water.

TIP: Before cooking, add two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. This helps draw out nutrients from the bone during the cooking process.

When you start cooking your bone broth, bring it to a boil, and then reduce it to a simmer. It should simmer on low heat for at least six hours, but you can cook bone broth for 24 hours (for chicken) to 48 hours (for beef).

When you are done cooking the bone broth, there will likely be a layer of fat on top. It’s best if you leave the fat there until you are ready to use the bone broth, as the fat preserves the broth.

That’s about it! Pure deliciousness, that’s time consuming, but easy, and SO worth it!

Today I’m feeling like a million bucks, FULL of energy and healthy, and I can’t help but wish we hadn’t had our visitors a week earlier, lol

Until Next time,

Steph

 

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Scalloped Potato Roll

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OMG you guys. This recipe is adapted from Tasty.co and we didn’t change much!

You know when you have a recipe saved that looks SOOOOO delicious, but it a little bit time consuming and gets put on the back burner weekend after weekend?….#momlife.

Well this weekend, Jeff described something he was thinking of making, and it kinda meshed with this recipe, that I’ve had a photo of forever. So in my love to watch Jeff cook fashion, I described this amazing dish to him, knowing he’d love it, and make it for all three of US, while I watched and drank wine…Muahahahahaha

 

 

 

Here’s a photo of Haley keeping the cook hydrated..Oh yeah, and it’s Pyjama day at school tomorrow, but Haley wanted to turn it into a night before slumber party as well. There were supposed to be movie snacks with Beauty and the beast, but we were all too full 🙂

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If you are a visual person, I put together the clips of my Instagram story, however, some photo’s weren’t taken, so make sure you follow the recipe.

WARNING: If you are lactose intolerant, don’t even think about it…there are 4 cups of Cheese in this bad boy!

 

 

Ingredients

for 8 servings (The three of us finished most of this! FYI)

  • 6 potatoes, peeled
  • 2 cups (220 g) grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 3 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 lb (455 g) ground beef
  • 14 ½ oz (410 g) diced tomato, 1 can, drained
  • 4 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, divided
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) paprika
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 6 cups (240 g) spinach
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup (250 g) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup (100 g) shredded mozzarella cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F (180˚C).
  2. Using a knife or mandolin cut the potatoes into slices ⅛-inch (3 mm) thick.
  3. On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, sprinkle half of the Parmesan cheese and spread until it is evenly covering the parchment paper.
  4. Place the potatoes over the parmesan so each potato is overlapping the previous potato both vertically and horizontally. Continue until the entire pan is filled with potatoes.
  5. Sprinkle to rest of the Parmesan evenly over the potatoes. Season with 1 teaspoon of salt. Bake for 30 minutes, until golden and the potatoes are flexible and slightly crispy.
  6. In a skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Once the oil begins to shimmer, add the onions, and cook until caramelized, about 15 minutes.
  7. Add the beef break up and mix with the onion until cooked. Mix in the tomatoes, 3 tablespoons of parsley, paprika, 1 teaspoon of salt, and pepper. Stir, cooking until the beef is browned and cooked through. Remove from heat.
  8. In a skillet heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the spinach, cook until wilted. Add 1 teaspoon of salt and the garlic. Stir to combine. Remove from heat.
  9. In a bowl combine the spinach mixture and the ricotta. Set aside.
  10. Evenly spread the spinach mixture over the cooked potato sheet.
  11. Evenly spread the beef mixture over the spinach. Sprinkle mozzarella over the beef.
  12. Take one end of the potato sheet holding the parchment paper begin rolling upward, making sure the ingredients are not coming out the ends.
  13. Once the it is completely rolled place the potato roll on the parchment paper and bake for 15 minutes.
  14. Sprinkle with parsley for garnish. Slice and serve immediately.
  15. Enjoy!

Make sure to drain as much liquid out of the Ricotta and the tomatoes, so that it keeps it’s shape while it’s baking. Light ricotta will be a lot dryer!

We roasted a full chicken and removed the meat for the filling instead of using ground beef, but that’s just because we had steak the night before, I’m sure it would be just as good!

We also added black beans, just because we love them

AND we used purple potatoes, just because they are so pretty!

Definitely use all the seasoning that they suggest! 🙂

 

Seriously try this, and let me know what you think! We loved it and will definitely be making it again with new flavor profiles, like Mexican, Greek or Indian! 🙂 MMMMMmmmmm