I’ve been having bone broth for 6-weeks, here’s what I noticed, Plus 3 recipes

Bone broth.

I’m sure you’ve heard it mentioned countless times. Maybe you’ve tried it yourself or you’re avoiding it all together because you can’t bring yourself to simmer soup for 24 hours.

Bone broth for me wasn’t something hard to sign up for. In fact, my mom would often make broth growing up and it always soothed my stomach pains. She mastered the flavour that I cannot replicate... must be every mom’s secret ingredient: love. *Insert big slice of goat cheese here*.

I’ve failed many times making my own broth. For some reason, I would always end up with flavourless watered down broth. Not my proudest moment. But hey, you got to fail once in a while to succeed (which I eventually did). Bone broth is made with simple ingredients that you can find at your local grocery store and the trick is to load it up with vegetables and spices. What I enjoy most about it, is that it can be easily incorporated into your meals and kept in the freezer for future use.  

If you’re looking to take baby steps to making your own, I have an ideal solution for you. While working at a trade show in Surrey, I came across Organika Health, a health brand offering a wide range of supplements and food products. They were sampling their new product, Chicken Bone Broth Protein Powder, so naturally I tried it. It was soothing, warming and comforting. It didn’t surpass my mom’s broth, but let’s face it nothing ever will (but it was a close second). And the best part about it is that it required 2 scoops to be mixed with boiling water. That’s it. And with a whooping 15grams of protein per serving, I had to get myself a tub.

Prior to having bone broth on the regular basis upon waking, I was experiencing frequent digestive issues from inconsistent bowel movements to constipation to bloating. If it hasn’t occurred to you before, inconsistent bowel movements puts a damper on your day. Wouldn’t you agree?

Fast forward 6-weeks later, I noticed I was much more regularly and even better I’d be going twice a day. Too much info? Sorry, but that’s what good health is all about. I’ve also noticed that I haven’t gotten sick despite being surrounded by my cold infectious boyfriend for 2 weeks. Bone broth for me is an ideal morning drink because it's comforting and I can change it up by adding a teaspoon of ginger for the extra boost and warmth. 

Instead of drinking broth straight up, you may want to try incorporating it into your meals. Below are 3 mouth watering and heart warming recipes. Enjoy! 

3 Way to Enjoy Bone Broth 

Bone Broth Morning Soup Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons of Organika’s Bone Broth 
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly chopped sage
  • 1.5 cup of filtered water
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Toss all vegetables in olive oil and place on baking sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes or until soft. 
  2. Allow vegetables to cool. 
  3. When you're ready to make your smoothie, place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. You may notice that the more you blend the more frothy it becomes. Allow to sit for a couple of minutes before drinking. 
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Boned Butternut Squash & Sage Soup - Original Recipe by Organika

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Organika’s Coconut Oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 2 scoops of Organika’s Bone Broth in 32 fluid ounces of liquid
  • 2 teaspoons of freshly chopped sage
  • 2 medium organic / local potatoes, cubed
  • 1 medium organic / local butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed

Directions

1. Melt Organika’s coconut oil in a large pot, and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, sage and squash for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Pour enough of the Organika Bone Broth liquid to cover vegetables. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer for 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.

2. Transfer the soup into a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to pot, and mix in any remaining broth to attain desired consistency. Season with salt and pepper.

The key to good food is to enjoy it. By having good quality, slow food fast like the Bone Broth, we can take the time to be creative in the kitchen and feel better; so we can have fun cooking – and take the time to enjoy the food!

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Butternut Squash Risotto - Original recipe by Organika.

Ingredients

  • 1 small butternut squash cubed (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 2 cups Organika Chicken Bone broth
  • 1 small onion, chopped (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 large garlic clove, sliced thin
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh gingerroot
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Arborio or long-grain rice
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine *I used water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Sage
  • Garnish: chopped fresh chives and Parmesan curls shaved with a vegetable peeler from a 1/4-pound piece of Parmesan at room temperature

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In an oiled shallow baking pan with diced squash and season with salt and pepper. Bake squash in middle of oven, stirring diced squash occasionally, until tender and browned lightly, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. In a saucepan bring broth and water to a simmer and keep at a bare simmer.
  4. In another saucepan cook onion, garlic, sage and gingerroot in butter over moderately low heat, stirring, until softened.
  5. Stir in rice and cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, about 1 minute. Add water and cook, stirring, until absorbed.
  6. Stir in 1/4 cup broth and cook, stirring constantly, and keeping at a simmer throughout, until absorbed.
  7. Continue simmering and adding broth, about 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly and letting each addition be absorbed before adding next, until about half of broth has been added.
  8. Stir in diced and chopped squash and continue simmering and adding broth in same manner until rice is tender and creamy-looking but still al dente, about 18 minutes. Stir in salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Spoon risotto into 2 shallow serving bowls and garnish with chives and Parmesan curl. Enjoy!!

Please note, I have received product from Organika in exchange for a post.. All opinions and statements are my own and are based around my own experience. Two of the 3 recipes are by Organika Health.