I’ve got bones a brewin’!!

Today I am home with body aches, nausea, and fever.  It started up last night but hopefully it won’t stick around too long.  I am diffusing Thieves and have oiled up for the fight!!  I find it a bit fortuitous that I baked a whole chicken yesterday and never ate any of it.  So today I plan on making some homemade chicken noodle soup.  Is there anything better when you’re feeling under the weather?  I think not.   Some of you may be up in arms with contempt and ready to point out that CNS (that’s what the cool kids call it) is, in fact, NOT paleo.  Tap the brakes peeps, tap the brakes.  I am making a small portion for myself sans noodles.  So put the clubs and stones down.  :)

I also plan on making some homemade bone broth with the left over skins, bones, and cartilage.  I baked another chicken a couple of weeks ago and saved the carcass in the freezer for this very moment!!!  Had I planned this out a little better I would have made my bone broth yesterday so that it could be used as the base for my CNS.  And because I have the Veruca Salt mentality (I want it now Daddy!!!!!), and I am sick, I didn’t want to have to wait for my soup.  Alas, I will just have to use chicken broth instead.  Only free range organic, Dahling!!  (You have to go back and reread that sentence in a snobby accent…or it just doesn’t work).  I will wait.

Raise your hand if you make, drink, or use homemade bone broth.  Anyone?  No?  Well you should!  Why you ask?   Here are 10 good reasons! (snagged from here)

1. It heals a leaky gut.

The gelatin in bone broth protects and heals the mucosal lining of the digestive tract and helps aid in the digestion of nutrients.

2. Fights infections such as colds and flu.  

A study published in the journal Chest shows eating chicken soup during a respiratory infection reduces the number of white blood cells, which are the cells that cause flu and cold symptoms.

3. Reduces joint pain and inflammation.  

The glucosamine in bone broth can actually stimulate the growth of new collagen, repair damaged joints and reduce pain and inflammation.

4. Produces gorgeous skin, hair and nails.

The collagen and gelatin in bone broth supports hair growth and helps to keep your nails strong.

5. Helps with bone formation, growth and repair.

The calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus in bone broth helps our bones to grow and repair.

6. Saves you money.

Homemade bone broth is cheaper and healthier than store bought.

7. Super easy to make.

All you need is a crockpot. Throw all of the ingredients into the crockpot and it cooks while you sleep.

8. Healthier than buying supplements.

Homemade bone broth contains all nutrients and minerals found in bones and tendons rather than just one or two found in pills. Slow cooking preserves the nutrients better than the high heat extraction used to make supplements.

9. Fights inflammation.

Bone broth is very high in the anti-inflammatory amino acids glycine and proline.

10. Promotes sleep and calms the mind.

The amino acid glycine found in bone broth can be very calming.

So you may be asking, “How do I make this lovely healing nectar?”  Or not.  But imma tell ya anyway!!!  Get yer pens and paper ready…

In a crockpot I put 2 medium onions quartered, 3 carrots chopped into big chunks, some chopped celery stalks, a small handful of thyme sprigs, 2 bay leaves, some garlic, and some peppercorns.  Oh…and 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar.  This helps draw the minerals out of the the bones and into the broth.

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I used two chickens (one I had frozen previously).  And by chickens I mean the bones, skin, and cartilage.  Throw em in along with the veggies.  Now pour in water just enough to cover the ingredients.  Pop the lid on and and cook on low for about 24 hours.  Then use a fine sieve and pour the liquid through to remove all of the veggies and anything else leftover.   I can’t post pics because, well…it’s still brewin’ up.  But here are a few of the process:

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Let me just say how much I love buying a whole chicken, baking it, and using every single bit of it from meat to bones to nourish my family.  I used to just buy boneless chicken breast thinking I was being healthy.  Even though I will still claim the breasts as “MINE!!!” over the dark meat I am glad I understand how healthy the whole chicken really is.  Try it peeps…you will love it!!

One thing though…finding a couple feathers on a chicken you are about to bake is disturbing.  Just saying.  But I felt all native plucking those two feathers off.  Kind of like I needed to put two swipes of blood along each cheek because I was SAVAGE!!

As for the CNS…I pretty much used the same ingredients.  Carrots, celery, thyme, garlic, onion, bay leaf, and chicken broth.  I also used the meat from a whole chicken and egg noodles.

I used my big dutch oven and put a little olive oil in the bottom then added the veggies, thyme, and bay leaf.  Cooked it up for a few mins until softened.  Then I added 2 qts broth and let it come to a boil.  Once boiling I added noodles and then let it simmer for about 5 mins.  Last I put in the chicken and let it simmer for a little longer so the chicken could absorb the flavors from the broth.  Thats it.  DONE.  Family fed.  This woman is going back to the couch and I ain’t moving nary an inch for nuthin!

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I forgot to make my noodle free CNS so I had to scoop out only the veggies, meat, and broth.  Kinda difficult which leads me to this disclaimer.  The recipe called for 8 oz of Egg Noodles.  That was way too much.

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Would you like some soup with those noodles?

All in all I got thumbs up from the fam.  Yay!!  So go out and get yourself some free range organic BONE IN chicken.  Start treating your family to some real wholesome goodness.  Foods that heal…It’s what God wanted.  I am sure of it.

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