Laurie’s Best Advice on Bone Broth
Laurie’s Best Advice on Bone Broth
Bone broth is the first food we introduce in our Table Transformation Course for a reason: it’s a game changer. For the majority of us who already have health problems when we begin the real food journey, broth is truly a healing elixir, delivering desperately needed nutrients while healing the digestive tract.
And once you get healthy, broth does a lot to keep you there.
However, getting broth on your table can be an interesting strategic problem, though, especially if you’ve never cooked with it before. What to do?
Well, my best advice on bone broth isn’t mine. Someone gave me this challenge early on, and it completely changed my kitchen.
Are you ready?
Make the commitment to consume broth every single day.
Someway, somehow. Make the promise. Just like the commitment to put the magnet foods in your kitchen, the act of purposing to drink broth every day generates its own energy. Promise yourself you’ll make it happen — even if it’s just a tablespoon of the stuff — and then keep your promise to yourself.
A few notes on this commitment, which might help you.
Broth is THE base for many, many foods.
We’ve forgotten this in the era of quick-cooking, just-add-water convenience foods, but broth used to be the foundation for…well…just about everything.
Do you know that cream soups aren’t complicated? They’re basically a broth base, cream or milk, and a main flavoring food (broccoli, or butternut squash, or chicken). Add salt, seasonings, and perhaps a softened onion. Puree.
Now, we think cream soups are gourmet, but that’s only because the two main ingredients have been either villainized (cream) or marginalized to the point of extinction (broth).
That’s only one example. Start looking up gravy and sauce recipes and you’ll see what we mean.
Get a few broth-base foods in your repertoire and the once-a-day commitment will be far from a burden — it’ll be the most delicious idea you’ve ever had.
You can stick bone broth in pretty much anything.
We’ve mentioned this before, but it bears repeating: add a splash of bone broth in any dish that you think might be able to handle it. Just about any savory soup can bear at least a bit of broth without going over the top. You can slosh some in casseroles. You can cook your rice and your beans in it (this is big). Whip up a quick gravy.
The broth kettle plan helps with this commitment immensely.
One caveat, which I hope is obvious: unless you are a culinary god, don’t attempt to put broth in anything to which you plan to attach the title “dessert.”
A cup of broth makes a pretty good morning vitamin.
When you can’t hide it, don’t.
New Yorkers are drinking broth as their morning beverage. So can you.
Tell your kids that broth is good for them. Give them a reasonable portion in a pretty cup, add a pinch of good salt, and call it “morning broth.” Do that three days in a row and the novelty will have worn off. Do it a few weeks in a row and it will be a habit, part of your daily routine. Give your kids the responsibility for keeping you accountable and they’ll start of have fun with it.
An added benefit of this plan: you will get your new commitment out of the way first thing. Doesn’t it feel lovely to check something off of your list so early in the day?
Take this advice on bone broth. I wish you the best as you seek to give your family nutrient-dense, delicious bone broth every day. It really is worth it.
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