Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Bone Broth

I am exhausted today! But the rest of me feels pretty good. The headache went away for now.

Lunch was out at a restaurant. I had a large mixed green salad with onions and tomatoes, blue cheese crumbles, and medium rare steak sliced across the top. SO GOOD. I got a Balsamic vinaigrette dressing on the side. My snack today was a square of super dark chocolate with 1/2 Tbsp almond butter spread on top of it. It is almost dinnertime, but I am not hungry yet, so I am just going to sip some hot broth that I made yesterday. I was reading about the many virtues and health benefits of bone broth (full of minerals and joint-supporting compounds) so I made a batch yesterday. It was easy: I just roasted a couple of free range beef soup bones until they were browned, then stuck them in the crock pot with boiling water and a splash of apple cider vinegar. I left it on high all day, from 8 am to about 7 pm. Then I added some chopped carrots, onions, celery and a couple bay leaves, black pepper and sea salt and let it cook until 9pm. I strained it and refrigerated it for use this week. I figure it can't hurt, with my arthritis and other joint issues, and might even help!

 I think I will have a big spinach salad with sliced hard boiled egg, bacon, chicken, and avocado when I do get hungry for dinner.

For you who eat Primal or Paleo, what are your favorite meals? I'd love some ideas for breakfast especially. If you have an awesome recipe, please let me know or you can link to it in the comments. Thanks!


Taryl said...

Don't be afraid to let your bone broth sit for several days cooking on low. When the bones are dissolving or I can easily chew pieces of them (they're shockingly delicious!) then I know I've really extracted what I want from them well. I didn't see in your pot, but you did make sure to use an acidic your broth, like cider vinegar or lemon juice, right? That's crucial to breaking down the bones :)

I keep it simple with my meals. Breakfast is hardboiled eggs and coffee with a tablespoon of heavy whipping cream. Lunch is a giant salad with bacon grease vinaigrette I make (yummy!). If I am still hungry I have baked turkey or chicken with that. Dinner tends to be a steak with mushrooms or a veggie/meat sauté. Desserts, if I have them, are frozen berries with heavy cream and stevia or a piece of dark chocolate. Yummy, satiating, simple to count, healthy. All the qualities that are important to me and meals I really enjoy.

Taryl said...

I reread your post and noticed you did add acid. Good on ya :)

andrea. said...

Since you're still eating dairy, one of the breakfasts I really enjoy is apples and walnuts sauteed in a bit of coconut oil, and then served over greek yogurt. Delish!

When I'm not eating dairy, my favourite is a sort of 'tex mex' breakfast casserole ...I blogged the recipe here if you're interested:


Actually, that basic formula can be used to make all kinds of good breakfast casseroles. I also like mushroom, leek and gruyere; or cheddar, broccoli and bacon.

Anonymous said...

I love to pour egg with diferent veggies in a baking dish, bake till firm, melt whatever cheese Im craving that morning on top. Bacon or sausage on the side is always nice!

Andra said...

I keep chicken broth going in the crockpot for a week. That way I can use it recipes and drink it each morning. It has done wondrous things for my skin and nails. I describe the process here. As Taryl said, you really need to let the broth go long to get the most out of the bones.

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