This simple recipe will help balance your hormones

-Dec 2, Jenny Paul , Health -

This time of year is brilliant for soup making, which makes for a delicious and nutritious meal in a matter of minutes. Try not to make the mistake of adding ready made stock to your soups, which are packed with sodium and MSG, and instead make your own bone broth to use as a stock for your soups at home. It’s simple to do and will result in a superior tasting soup that’s packed with nutritious health benefits.

The benefits of bone broth

Bone broth is a fantastic source of protein (roughly 6 grams per cup), minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which are good for your bones and teeth, and potassium, which helps to move nutrients into cells and waste out of cells. It’s also good for gut health and is said to seal up holes in the intestines, protects your joints and can reduce pain, is a fantastic source of healing collagen which improves the skin’s elasticity and aids digestion, helps you sleep and gives you a gentle source of energy, strengthens your immune system and once you have a supply in your home it encourages you to eat healthier because you can add it to so many recipes.

How do you make your own bone broth?

We recommend going to your local butcher and asking for some bones to make stock with. Or you could use bones of a chicken you have roasted for a delicious chicken stock. If the bones are raw, simply roast them in the oven on a medium temperature for about thirty minutes, which improves the taste of the broth. Next, pop them in a large pot with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and cover with cool filtered water. Let them sit for twenty minutes or so because the apple cider vinegar helps make the nutrients in the bones more readily available. Add chopped onions, celery and carrot to the pot and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce to a simmer and leave for a couple of hours. Check the broth frequently, scooping away any froth with a large spoon. After two hours add a few cloves of garlic and some parsley and leave to simmer for another half an hour. Remove from the heat and allow to cool before straining and throwing away the bones and bits of vegetables. Store in two large glass jars in your fridge for up to a week, or freeze for later use. Keep one of the jars in use for the first few days, while the other will form a layer of nutritious fat that will keep it good for the second half of the week (you can scoop off the fat and use for roasting veg).

Which recipes include bone broth?

Bone broth is perfect to use for cooking quinoa or braising veggies and makes a mighty base for soups, curries and stews.

Recipe for soup that uses bone broth

Cauliflower soup is an inexpensive dish that blends the benefits of bone broth with the benefits of cauliflower, which is packed with vitamins and minerals plus help to balance hormones thanks their high amounts of phytonutrients called isothiocyanates. One of these wonders is indole-3-carbinol, which helps break down a harmful and potent estrogen metabolite that promotes tumour growth, especially in estrogen-sensitive breasts.

For this soup we recommend chicken bone broth, although we whipped up a batch with beef bone broth over the weekend, which was delicious too.

Simply stir fry a couple of cloves of garlic in some olive oil in a heavy pan with one chopped onion. Add cumin, coriander and some turmeric. Next add about 800g of chopped cauliflower florets and a litre of chicken bone broth. Bring to the boil and then simmer on a low heat for twelve minutes. Allow to cool and then blend to a smooth soup and enjoy!

If you enjoyed this you could also try this pumpkin and turmeric soup or this broccoli and kale one using bone broth as a base.

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