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Your health holistically with bone broth
A savory, traditional foodstuff, bone broth is great for warming you up on cold nights (or days!). But, did you know it also has some wonderful health benefits too? From healing the gut to helping you with losing unwanted fat, bone broth can have an amazingly beneficial impact on your whole body. So whether you are a long standing bone broth lover or whether you have yet to try this delicacy, why not get brewing up a cup of hot, delectable bone broth right now?

Last weekend a big group of us were on our way to a health conference in downtown LA. A good friend of mine suggested that we hire a car to take us down to the event because parking can be a nightmare. Since we are talking about bone broth this reminded me of this event. LAX Car Service was the best experience I have had with public transit. And guess what, He had a jar of bone broth in the car because he is recovering from Lymes disease. People are starting to catch onto this bone broth thing it’s amazing.

What is bone broth?
Traditionally made from the marrowbones left over after a stew or roast dinner, bone broth can be anything you want it to be. Juicy, protein rich marrow can be combined with items such as stock, herbs, slivers of tender meat, greens, and even a touch of truffle oil or parmesan cheese for a luxurious effect. Simmer all this together an the result will be an aromatic, warming, comforting broth that is just like a big warm hug in a bowl. Add a large slice of buttered bread to the side of your plate, or opt for a French style toast and toasted cheese lid for your bowl of broth.
You might remember trying this recipe at your grandparents’ house, or being treated to a cup of hot bone broth when you were feeling a little ill and sorry for yourself, and tucked up in bed seeking a cure. It has long been known that bone broth does the trick when your immune system is in need of a nutrient boost and your poor aching limbs need a little soothing love and care.
What are the nutritional benefits of bone broth?
Bone broth is rich in protein, and it also has plenty of iron and calcium (especially if you make it with dark green leafy veggies such as kale, or turnip greens) and vitamin B12 (stir in a little nutritional yeast for a B12 boost over and above what you get from the meaty ingredients of this fragrant soup). It is wonderful for getting you hydrated and packed with vitamins and minerals. Just the thing for when you have a cold or the flu! As well as these standard nutritional benefits, there are plenty of additional ways that bone broth heals you from the inside out, working to the advantage of both your gut and your waistline.
Drinking bone broth for gut health
Bone broth is a smart choice for anyone who cares about the health of their gut. This scrumptious concoction hydrates and flushes out your gut and also promotes great digestion. Drinking a bowl of bone broth at least once a week will have a fantastic impact on the overall health of your gut. And, when your gut is healthy, you are healthy! Good gut health has numerous beneficial effects on your whole body, including boosting your energy levels, improving the quality of your skin and hair, and helping to reduce bloating. Which brings us neatly on to another great benefit of bone broth…

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How can I use homemade broth at Thanksgiving

There are many uses for homemade broth in Thanksgiving cooking. It can be incorporated into many recipes, including dressing and gravy. Examples of these recipes will be given below.

Another use for homemade broth many cooks overlook is refreshing leftovers. Turkey tends to dry out overnight, so adding a bit of broth when it’s reheated can revitalize it and infuse it with great flavor. Additionally, gravy can congele overnight, so adding a few tablespoons of gravy will bring the gravy to the right texture. By using chicken broth or turkey broth with leftovers, your family will enjoy their Thanksgiving meal all over again!

Best Thanksgiving Recipes Using Homemade Broth
There are a multitude of great ways to use homemade broth in your Thanksgiving recipes. Many recipes call for either turkey or chicken broth, and you can easily substitute your homemade broth for the store bought kind. Here are a couple recipes to get you started, but be creative and find ways to incorporate your broth in your favorite recipes.

Easy Turkey Gravy

After you finish cooking your turkey, remove it from the pan and set aside. Put the pan on the stove top, and heat the drippings. Once their sputtering, pour in about a cup of your homemade turkey broth and scrap all the bits from the bottom of the pan.

Pour the pan drippings and broth into a measuring cup and place in the freezer. After about half an hour, the fat and drippings will separate. Skim just the fat off the top and keep separate from the drippings. You want to have about one cup of drippings and 1/4 cup of fat. If you’re a little short on either end, add more broth or butter. If you end up with a lot extra, double the recipe. You can never have enough gravy!

Take the fat you just separated and warm it in a pan over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, sprinkle in 1/4 cup of flour to create a roux. Allow this to cook a few minutes until it’s bubbling.

Whisk in the pan drippings until it’s created a globby paste. Then, add another 1/2 cup of your homemade broth. If you like thinner gravy, you can add more until it’s the consistency you prefer. Add some salt and pepper to taste. If you want to spice up your gravy you can add a splash of red wine and some herbs like sage, rosemary or thyme.

Easy Thanksgiving Dressing

Slice 1 1/2 pounds of artisan bread into cubes and spread the bread cubes onto two baking sheets in a single layer. Place in a 350 degree oven and toast for 10 minutes. Stir the bread and add 1 cup of nuts (almonds, pecans or walnuts will work.) Continue toasting about another 8-10 minutes.

Brown 1 pound of ground turkey over medium high heat. Sprinkle with a little salt to add extra flavor. Once the turkey’s cooked drain all but a couple teaspoons of the grease. Transfer to a bowl.

In the same pan, cook the 1 diced yellow onion until translucent – about five minutes. Add two diced celery stalks and cook another 5 minutes, and then add 2 tablespoons of sage, rosemary or thyme (or a combination of the three.) Taste and adjust as needed. Remove from heat.

Combine the turkey, vegetables, nuts and bread in a bowl. Whisk 3 eggs and pour over the ingredients, and add about 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir until all ingredients are coated in the egg and salt. Pour the ingredients in a greased baking dish.

Pour your homemade broth over the stuffing. For moist stuffing, add all 4 cups. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for half an hour. Uncover and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.

Homemade broth and Thanksgiving – a match made in heaven

Homemade broth will add depth and nutrition to your best Thanksgiving recipes. With a little preparation, it won’t add any extra work on Thanksgiving Day. These recipes will hopefully get you started incorporating homemade broths to your holiday cooking routines!

I have to give a shout out to the garage door repair surrey bc guy. We were cooking up a storm when my mom backed into the garage door. It took the door off of the rails and we were left with an open door letting cold air into the house. John came over in a flash and fixed the door for us. This kept us warm for the dinner. Thanks John!

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is every cook’s favorite time of year. It’s a time for us to gather with our families around a table packed with scrumptious food and remember all the blessings we have been given. For a cook, there is no better sight than their loved ones laughing and enjoying the food they have prepared. It just fills them with warmth and happiness.

One thing many cooks like to incorporate into their Thanksgiving cooking is homemade broth. Not only is homemade broth delicious, it’s also packed with nutrients. With all the not-so-healthy food we enjoy around the holidays, from mashed potatoes to pumpkin pie, slipping some healthful ingredients into Thanksgiving favorites isn’t such a bad idea.

If you’re just starting out on the homemade broth club, here are some simple instructions for making homemade chicken broth, which can be incorporated into many recipes. Remember that you can make broth ahead of time and freeze it. That way, when you’re in the scramble of preparing your Thanksgiving favorites, you’ll have your homemade broth on hand.

Homemade Chicken Broth

Place 2 1/2 pounds cut-up chicken (bones in), 2 carrots cut in chunks, 2 celery ribs cut in chunks, 2 onions quartered in a large pot. Add 2 bay leaves and 1/2 teaspoon each of crushed rosemary and dried time. Stir in 8-10 whole peppercorns. Pour 2 quarts of cold water over the top. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Skim the frothy bits off the top. Place a cover on the pot and allow to simmer for two hours.

After the broth is made, you can save the chicken for another use. Discard all the vegetables, and place broth in the refrigerator for 8 hours, or overnight. You will need to skim the fat off the top again once it’s done settling.

This recipe yields about 6 cups, so if you’re cooking for a crowd you may need to make two batches to complete your holiday cooking.

Turkey Bone Broth Recipe

If using chicken broth offends the Thanksgiving purist in you, here’s a turkey bone broth recipe. Often, chicken broth and turkey broth can be used interchangeably, but will subtly affect the flavor of your dishes.

You follow the same basic steps as with chicken broth. Add a turkey carcass (you can use the carcass after you carve the meat off), 2 roughly chopped onions, 2 chopped carrots, 2 chopped stalks of celery and 4 cloves of garlic to a large pot. Add 4 sprigs of thyme and 1 tablespoon each of peppercorns and salt. Pour a gallon of cold water over the top. Bring to a boil, and reduce heat. Allow to simmer for 2 hours. Remove scum that rises to the surface during the cooking process. Strain after cooking is complete.

In the middle of us making all of our Thanksgiving meals our power went out. Thank god that the best electricians in Los Angeles came to the rescue. The meal was half made at the time so we needed to get it fixed immediately. The electricians ended up staying and eating dinner with us. They were the reason that the meal was finished so we thought we owed it to them.

 

Bone Broth Should be the base

I didn’t always used to be this way but now I am and I am so proud to be. Do you want the best most nutrient rich breakfast that won’t make you fat? Then start making your own bone broth. It is cheap and you get the biggest bang for your buck as far as nutrients is concerned. There have been so many studies done to prove the healing benefits of bone broth. I was at a conference this last weekend and I heard a woman speak about how she healed her lyme disease by simplifying making her own bone broth and drinking it 3 times a day. This was a vegetarian by the way. She still does not eat meat but she does however drink bone broth. It not only heals your gut but it also gives you easy to assimilate protein and fat, which we run off of if you didn’t know. Check out my buddys video below to find out more about this amazing warm concoction we can make to heal oneself!

 

The day starts with a good meal.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so they say. In my eyes every meal is super important, especially if you put some love into it and make it extra tasty and healthy. I used to eat really bad food. I was all about taste and to me the only thing that tasted good was lots of sugar and saturated and trans fats. We all know what those do. Add weight where you don’t want it, ladies you know what I am talking about. My mouth was trained to only enjoy the worst possible things for me. I know a lot of us struggle from this.

It actually made me quite angry when I saw someone walk past me with a green juice with a big smile on their face like they loved it. Of course they were tan, fit, and beautiful with yoga mat and alkaline water hanging off their shoulder. I thought to myself how in the hell to they love something so plain and green, and how can they be so happy from coming out of a 90 minute sweat a thon yoga class. I have tried green juice and yoga and really didn’t enjoy one bit of it.

A good friend once told me about getting over the hump. I thought that the rule only applied to working out or starting a new job. There is a learning curve, you know a hard uphill struggle and then after that it becomes much  easier. Well this is the truth with yoga and green juice too. You have to start somewhere!