Bone Broth+

The thing about bone broth… is that there are a lot of things. All of the things in fact. It’s delicious on its own. Ridiculously versatile. Simple to cook, but it has its nuances, which make it a liiiiitle tricky. And it has a whole host of immune boosting, gut healing benefits that I’ll take <and give my kids> any day.

I make a very simple bone broth version because I use it in so many things. I even put it in oatmeal for the kids, so I don’t want it to be too too savory. Plus I find that the more I add to the broth pot, the more annoying it is to strain. And ain’t nobody got time for that!

My favorite type of bone broth is grass fed beef bones, but more often than not, I end up making chicken bone broth because it’s what I have on had from what I cooked- we do whole roasted chickens here probably once a week 👍🤤

Anyhow. For bone broth, you just take your bones from the meat- I usually use about 8 cups of water for 1 whole chicken. And I only use the larger bones/pieces. The smaller bones get really tough to strain. Place the bones and your water into a pot and add your seasonings. I typically use about a tsp of kosher salt, a tsp of ground turmeric, a 1″ knob of ginger, a bay leaf and a dash of pepper. That’s it!

I know a lot of people use carrots and celery etc, but like I said- it gets tough to strain and I like to keep mine very simple.

HERE’S THE TRICK TO BONE BROTH: once it starts gently boiling, you have to add about 1 tbsp of ACV and immediately reduce it to a gentle simmer. The ACV is what draws the collagen out of the bones and of you boil it, you’ll kill it!

Then, you just let it simmer for about 8 hours, strain it and pour it into glass containers and store in the fridge! Or you can also put it in bags and freeze it. It never lasts long enough here to freeze!

I usually reheat this in individual servings and add more of what I cooked it with- ie salt, turmeric, pepper and sometimes some crushed red pepper to make it nice and spicy 🤗. Whatever I’m feeling like really. I’ll even do a savory version sometimes and add honey, ginger and cinnamon! Add milk and it’s a bone broth turmeric latte! Sounds weird, but it’s sooooo yummy.

I also use this for immune boosters in soups, stocks, recipes and even oatmeal for the kids! I could go on forever, but that could get realllly boring… maybe some other time 🤣

Cabbage Pad Thai

If you hadn’t noticed, I love dishes where you can really devour the whole thing and not only not feel bad, but feel really good afterwards! Ya feel me?

Anyhoo. This one took some developing, and I feel like I’ll still tinker with it here and there, but I finally felt like I got the flavors where I wanted them!

Also, I don’t usually make a habit of using those miracle noodles, but they are clutch here for the texture! Again, you could also use traditional rice noodles, too…

This is about as non traditional pad Thai as it gets, but the flavors were on point, IMHO 🤗.

And you can legit eat the whole pan and feel like you did something good for the ol bod! Pad Thai usually makes me feel sleepy and a little heavy, which is totally ok sometimes! But I’m the afternoons I rely on lunch for a pick me up… not a one way ticket to nap-town. I have 3 kiddos: 18mo, 3 and 6. Ain’t nobody got time for naps!

Anyhoo. Onto the recipe!

Ingredients:

• 1 bag cole slaw. Unless you want to chop your own cabbage and stuff…

• 1/3c bone broth

• 1.5 tbsp Fish sauce

• 2 tsp braggs liquid aminos

• 1tbsp maple syrup

• optional: 1 tsp lemongrass paste and ginger paste*

* I really love the spicy tangy-ness these add, but they aren’t for everyone!

• 2tbsp coconut milk (weird, I know, but it really rounded out the flavor profile!)

• 1tsp chili garlic paste

• juice of 1/2 lime

• 3-4 tbsp peanut butter powder

• 1 pkg miracle noodles, any variety

Directions:

1. Heat a sauté pan over med/high heat

2. Add bone broth, fish sauce, liquid aminos, maple syrup, coconut milk and chili garlic paste.

3. Stir that for a minute or so until all ingredients are incorporated

4. Add your cole-slaw and cook stirring occasionally to incorporate all the sauce into the cole slaw. It should look like this:

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5. Sprinkle the cabbage with PB powder like this:

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6. Add the miracle noodles on top and combine thoroughly. It should look like this:

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7. Add siracha if you’re me and toasted sesame seeds and/or chopped peanuts and dive in!