As I write, the air is cool and in typical Western PA fashion, the sky is overcast with gray clouds. After a hot week, I’m loving this first day of fall! This morning I enjoyed a pumpkin tea latte cuddled in a blanket and now I have some bone broth stewing in the crockpot. With the weather turning cooler, we’re entering into crockpot and soup season. Soups bring memories of soothing meals on cold nights and our moms’ medicine for our sicknesses. Turns out mom is right as long as we start our soups with homemade bone broth.
Homemade bone broth sounds intimidating, but it is a simple process and fills the house with soothing aromas. Bone broth has many benefits for our bodies including for our guts, joints, and skin. It contains amino acids, collagen and nutrients that support healthy digestive functions, immunity and brain health. It is the number 1 medicine for my gut in my healing journey due to it’s ability to restore my gut lining and reduce inflammation, fight food sensitivities, and increase good bacteria. Check out this article by Dr. Axe that gives a detailed breakdown of bone broth and it’s many benefits.
Once you have your bone broth, you have a base for a delicious soup. The flavors of soup are diverse and delicious. Throw in some of your favorite veggies, meat, herbs, onion, and garlic and you’ll have a crowd and tummy pleasing meal. Above is a picture of a recent beef stew I made for a dinner with friends. I served it with a side of AIP flatbread and a broccoli salad. The recipes are below.
We can’t forget our fall treats, which of course means pumpkin! Some of my favorites so far this fall are pumpkin tea lattes and pumpkin pudding.
One final article, just in case you get a little tired of using your bone broth for soups, here are some alternative ways to use bone broth.
A final closing word for those who have been following me on my healing journey: the past couple weeks have been some of my best weeks in the past 17 months. My symptoms continue to decrease and I can finally feel significant process. I’m praying that in the near future, I can report symptom free days. Until then, this journey continues! Thanks for your support and prayers and go enjoy some broth and soup!
Easy beef stew crock pot recipe Ingredients:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 pounds of stewing beef, cut to about 2″ cubes
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cups chopped onion (2 medium onions)
- 2 cups chopped celery (2 stalks)
- 2 cups chopped carrots (2 medium carrots)
- 2 cups chopped parsnips (3 small parsnips)
- 1.5 cups chopped sweet potato (1 medium sweet potato)
- 3 cups bone broth
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 tbsp turmeric
- salt to tasteInstructions
- Heat coconut oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Brown the stewing beef, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. Sprinkle about a 1/4 tsp of salt over the beef as it cooks. The beef just needs to be lightly seared and not fully cooked.Transfer the beef pieces into the crock pot (3 quart size) once they have been browned on all sides.
- Add onions and celery to the same pan that the beef was cooked in. Brown the onions and celery for about five minutes and then add them to the crock pot.
- Add the chopped carrots, parsnips and sweet potato to the crock pot.
- In a small bowl mix together the bone broth, and coconut milk. Pour this mixture over the contents of the crock pot. Cover and cook on the low setting of the crock pot for 8 hours, or on the high setting for 4 hours.
- When done, salt to taste and enjoy!