We have officially entered into the Fall season. School has started, germs are abounding, and Maine cannot figure out what weather she'd like to offer us. Sound about right?
I wanted to share a favorite immune boosting food with you today: bone broth! I know. It sounds weird but I assure you, it is amazing! Bone broth is filled with minerals, collagen, and glutamine that aid the body's immune system and help reduce gut/intestinal inflammation. It's a win-win!
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
8 cups of water
3 Celery stalks, halved
3 Carrots, halved
1 lg Onion, peeled and quartered
2 cloves garlic
Fresh parsley or cilantro (whichever you prefer)
Caynne pepper - optional
I usually start out by saving my chicken bones and freezing them until I have about a lb or two of them. When I have enough bones I add them to my instant pot (you can do this in a pot on the stove or a crockpot - it just takes a bit longer). I pour over the ACV and water and cover. Let that sit for about an hour. The ACV draws out the minerals in the bones. Do you have to do this? No, but I'd recommend it. Add all your veggies, garlic, herbs and salt. I've been known to add a shake (or 3) of cayenne pepper to the pot. It spices it up a bit. Yum! Cover that instant pot and press the soup button. Set the pressure to low and increase the cook time to 120 minutes. When the timer beeps, let it depressurize manually.* Strain the broth into jars and refrigerate or freeze. Should be consumed within 10 days. It can be frozen up to 6 months.
*All of this can be done on the stove. Just simmer, covered, for 24-36 hours. Strain into jars and Enjoy! Still can be refrigerated or frozen.
Bonus: I like to pour the broth into a silicone soap mold I bought for this purpose. I freeze the mold and bag up the frozen broth. I then cook up glass noodles and make small baggies of the noodles, add a T of peas and corn and freeze those as well. My kids just grab a little baggie of each, toss it in a bowl, nuke it for 2 min and Voila! Immunity boosting ramens! *insert happy mom here*
Hope you find this recipe appealing and enjoyable!
See you soon,
Jessi at GYC