May 30, 2015

Bone Broth For Busy Mamas

Bone BrothBone Broth For Busy Mamas

Guest writer Susan Count joins us today to share about her super simple way of making a kitchen staple, bone broth!  

Don’t throw that bone to the dogs! In that bone is ‘superfood – super nutrition”. Use your crockpot to make a bone broth that will nourish your cells like nothing else.

Why bother? Bother because you know that farming practices have depleted the minerals in our soils so we need to be deliberate about supplying them to our body. This is especially true if we have any degenerative or auto immune diseases. Make your own broth and you won’t get the “natural flavor”- cough-cough of MSG or sugar.

OH the minerals you will get… calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, arginine, chondroitin, glucosamine and other trace minerals. PLUS a few amino acids – glycine and proline.

Nutrient dense bone broth

* helps fight a cold, flu and infections

* helps build strong bones, teeth, nails and hair

* fights inflammation

* and aids in digestion.

Health-Benefits-Bone-Broth

Are you ready?  Let’s get started!  

Here comes the hard part!

1. Turn the crock pot ON.

2. Add bones from any mammal or even a fish. Would it be best if the animal was organic? Absolutely yes! If it is a large bone, split it open with a cleaver.

3. Add 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (the kind that has the “mother” in the bottle). The ACV helps release the minerals from the bone.

4. Fill crock pot with water.

5. Cook on low about 24 hours, strain and store in glass jars in refrigerator.

6. Doctor up the flavor with healthy vegetables and Celtic or Himalayan Sea Salt.

Then use your nutrition rich broth anywhere you use stock; to braise vegetables, make soups and stews or even drink it straight.  You can also freeze the cubes to have them ready to go anytime!

I hate to think that my dog has been smarter than me all these years but truth can hurt.   You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that bone broth = healthy for you.   She gnaws on a bone until there is absolutely nothing left. She got the cartilage, minerals and red blood cell building marrow but I am smarter now.

~From the kitchen of Susan Count Hastings


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Husband Food – Meal Plan #2

When my husband decided to marry me, he sure didn’t pick me because of my culinary skills.

So, it makes me super excited when I can put together a meal that he really enjoys.   This week, that happened not once, but TWICE.

Score!

Awesome and SUPER EASY Meal #1

Pulled Pork (in the crock pot!)   I LOVED how simple this was!  I made it for Sunday lunch, it’s lasted for several meals, and we still have pork left over!   Chris cut up the onions for me.  (Maybe one day I’ll post a pic of how I cut up onions.  It involves me wearing my 7 yr old son’s scuba mask.  Not highly effective but quite entertaining for all other parties involved.)

Anyway.  Hubby was home so he helped. :)  Into the crockpot went the first onion, then I added the pork roast, and then poured some Ginger Ale on top.  I found the natural cane sugar kind at Trader Joe’s.  I finished it off with one more onion and left it to cook overnight.  In the morning, I drained off the juice, mixed in bbq sauce, and let it cook for a few more hours.  DONE!

I felt like a hero.  Chris had a blast turning it into a fun “man dish”.  He added blue corn chips, shredded cheese, guac, and cowboy caviar, and then proclaimed it perfect Super Bowl food.

Awesome and slightly more complicated Meal #2


Chicken Marsala.
 I used Chef Emerile Lagasse’s recipe and, oh my gosh, we thought we were in a restaurant.  It was THAT good.   It was so totally amazing I can’t wait to get more red wine so I can make it again.  I’m going to wait till we move in mid-December though, because I’m trying to purchase as little as possible right now and use what we have!   His directions were nice and thorough, and this non-chef didn’t have any trouble following them.

Let me know if you decide to try either of these recipes, and how you like them!

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How To Make Awesome Homemade Mayo!

Check out my latest recipe, posted over at Surviving the Stores, and learn how to make easy and super yummy mayo!  You’ll never want to buy it at the store again!

Homemade Mayonnaise: How to Make Mayo At Home!


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Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!

I’ve started making my own peanut butter at home.  I LOVE how quick and easy it is, not to mention better for you!  Click on over to Surviving the Stores to see my guest post explaining exactly how to do it!

How To Make Homemade Peanut Butter In 3 Minutes Or Less!


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Recipe: Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies

It’s brownie time!  I LOVE these brownies!  They are my go-to recipe for a sweet treat for the essential oils classes that I teach, and they’re extra fun because of the peppermint oil.  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the recipe I share there:

Peppermint Chocolate Chip Brownies


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Yay for Baked Chocolate Donuts!! New Recipe!

I love chocolate donuts.  I read the ingredient label at the ones in the store, when I’m tempted, and just set them back on the shelf.  No such problem here!  Enjoy this recipe for good-ingredient yumminess!  (Is that word?)  Click over to the Grain Mill Wagon for the full recipe!  (I’m participating in their recipe challenge.)


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Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin Recipe

Yummy, yummy, yummy.  Chocolate muffins!  Hop over to the Grain Mill Wagon for this yummy Double Chocolate Chunk Muffin recipe!


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Recipe: Petite Vanilla Scones

I love picking up a petite vanilla scone at Starbucks as the occasional treat, and decided to play with creating a slightly healthier version, not to mention cheaper!

I’m really happy with how it turned out.   Check out the Petite Vanilla Scones recipe, posted as part of the WonderMill Grain Mill Wagon Challenge and made with freshly milled flour!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Perfection

There is a special place in my heart for chocolate chip cookies.  Especially ones that don’t contain too much sugar and therefore don’t send my blood sugar levels into outer space.

My awesome kid helpers and I used freshly ground wheat berries for our flour for this recipe, ground to perfection by our new WonderMill!  Hop on over to the Grain Mill Wagon blog to get the recipe!

Also shared at Tasty Tuesday!


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How To Make Your Own Vanilla Extract

When you do a lot of baking (or making water kefir!), you tend to go through a LOT of vanilla.  That can get expensive very quickly, and it’s easy to make your own.  Procurring the ingredients will take you the most time – setting up your vanilla takes only a minute!

What You Need
1 bottle of vodka (750ml)
10 organic vanilla beans

I had never purchased vodka before, and felt a little silly wandering around in the liquor section of the grocery store, staring at vodka bottles.  (It didn’t help that I was pregnant and obviously showing!  Maybe this lady needs an intervention… doesn’t she know that alcohol and pregnancy don’t mix?)    The employee I found was more than willing to make a recommendation for me – I wanted a decent quality vodka without spending an arm and a leg.  I think I wound up paying around $7 for the bottle and settled on the McCormick blend.

Organic vanilla beans are a bit trickier to come by.  You can pick them up at a place like Whole Foods, but I found better prices through my co-op.  You can also order them online from a retailer like Olive Nation or Amazon.

Directions
Are you ready for the oh-so-complicated directions?
1. Open your bottle of vodka.
2. Slice your beans in half lengthwise, leaving an inch or so at the top.
2. Insert vanilla beans into the vodka bottle.
3. Close bottle and store in a dark place.
4. Pull it out every now and then and shake it up a little.
5. In about 6 weeks, you’ll have vanilla!

Homemade vanilla makes a great gift too!  If you start your vanilla soon, it’ll be ready to give as Christmas gifts!


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