You may have heard me talk about (or seen the crock pot in the kitchen with) bone broths, also called continuous soup, or perpetual soup.
This is basically a chicken frame (bones n bits) covered in water and slow roasted in a crock pot. I cook mine for a minimum of four days. You could certainly create a lovely and nourishing stock by cooking your bird for 24 hours. There are a whole host of reasons why this is good for you to drink especially here in the Pacific Northwest in the winter.
According to traditional Chinese medicine, bone broth nourishes our kidneys and adrenal glands, which can become depleted when stressed. It also supports your chi and builds blood.
The minerals released from the long slow cooking process support healthy teeth, bones and skin. Just be sure to add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar – thanks to my acupuncturist Danielle Melanson
for this tip. The acid facilitates the extraction of minerals and nutrients from the bones into the soup. Add two tablespoons of vinegar per quart of water (for about 2 pounds of bones).
I make a batch of broth about once a week then sip on it, or use it to cook rice, steam veggies (save the broth and drink it – in the south this is called “pot liquor”) or start a pot of soup. Toss in some leftover chicken and veggies, maybe a little rice or quinoa, and you have a fast healthy dinner.
What are your favorite winter warming foods?
Anne McCranie is a Portland, Oregon based Personal Trainer and Licensed Massage Therapist. She enjoys eating, talking about, and sharing good food. The above information is intended to spark your interest in new food. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.