When it comes to healthy recipes, one of the most underrated, forgotten, and overlooked meals and ingredients is a good bone broth. The health benefits are truly staggering with what this one small adjustment can do to improve your health. Not too many others can compare! But before we get into the best recipes, a quick rundown of what bone broth is, why it’s beneficial, and how to make it.
Bone broth is made from boiling the nutrients out of the bones and connective tissues of an animal, typically chicken, turkey, pork, or beef. The broth contains gelatin, collagen, and amino acids that are very beneficial to your gut. And if there was one thing that can really help you lose weight and improve your skin, it’s a healthy gut!
Besides being incredibly good for you, like life-changing good, it is SO easy to make! One trick to making the best bone broth is adding some Apple Cider Vinegar! Vinegar helps to break down the bones and release all of the nutrients packed inside. This is key to any bone broth, and one that many leave out and miss the benefits of. So make sure to add your vinegar, which will guarantee that your bones give your broth all the flavor you’ll ever need. Of course you can add salt and pepper, as well as any other “add-on’s” like celery, onions, or carrots, etc.
Something else to keep in mind, buying meats with their bones, over processed and de-boned meats are CHEAPER! It is recommended you buy organic meats that have not been treated with antibiotics or chemicals.
Basic Bone Broth Instructions
Fill up a large stock pot or slow cooker with your bones. You can add more than one type in your broth as it will only increase the variety of nutrients.
Fill the pot up with water so all the bones are covered. If you have enough bones, feel free to fill up the whole pot but maybe a couple inches.
Add 2 tablespoons of your organic apple cider vinegar and some salt and pepper if desired, or any vegetable scraps you may have.
Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for AT LEAST 24 Hours, but the longer the better! 24 hours is all that is needed for smaller boned broth like turkey and chicken stock, but it’s fine as well for bigger bones like beef and pork even though 48 hours is recommended. If a foam rises within the first few hours just skim off with a spoon.
After it’s done, strain the bones and use for one the below recipes, or refrigerate for later. Keep in mind thicker bone broths tend to thicken into a gel when refrigerated. This indicates the broth has plenty of gelatin and filled with powerful, healing ingredients that will surely improve your skin and help you lose weight.
Also, when refrigerating, the fat will separate to a layer on top. You can scrape it off and throw it out, mix in with your meal to add healthy fats to your diet, or use it as cooking oil! Keep in mind when not using organic meats, toxins and chemicals are stored in the fats of animals. Make sure to scrape out the fat when using non-organic bones.
Breakfast Bone Broth Soup
Have you tried the new trend of soup for breakfast? Add some rich, protein-filled bone broth to get you going on your day right!
- 2 cups bone broth
- Juice from half a lemon
- 1 egg
- 1 small sweet potato
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- Optional: Garnish with Parsley
1 – Chop the sweet potato into cubes, and toss in a bowl with the olive oil
2 – Roast at 400 degrees F for about 20 – 25 minutes, flip for even cooking
3 – At the same time, heat the broth up with the lemon juice and salt to taste
4 – Crack egg in a small bowl and sprinkle with salt, gently slide egg into simmering soup
5 – Simmer until egg is set, 3 – 4 minutes, if whites spread away from yolk as they cook, fold back in
6 – Place the roasted sweet potato at the bottom of a bowl, place egg on top, and pour soup over, enjoy!
Vietnamese Noodle Soup
This soup is filling and packed with exotic, sumptuous ingredients you might not usually eat.
- Rice Noodles
- Shredded chicken, pork, or finely sliced beef
- 1-inch chunk of ginger, grated
- 1 garlic clove smashed
- 2 cups bone broth
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp hoisin sauce
- Lime wedges
- Optional: Chili or Jalapeno peppers
1 – Simmer bone broth with ginger and garlic in a pot over medium heat for 10 minutes
2 – Add soy sauce, fish sauce, and hoisin sauce
3 – Taste broth for flavor, add salt to taste
4 – Cook rice noodles in broth according to directions
5 – Add shredded chicken until heated through
6 – Spoon into bowls, adding cilantro, mint, lime wedges, and sriracha as garnishes
Chicken Zoodle Soup
This soup will soothe and heal your soul!
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely sliced
- 4 cups bone broth
- Leftover chicken, finely chopped or shredded
- 1-2 zucchini, spiralized into ‘zoodles’
- 1 tbsp olive oil
1 – Heat the olive oil in a pot. Add onion, garlic, celery. Cooking, stirring, until soft, not dark brown
2 – Add broth and carrots. Simmer for 20 minutes
3 – Add chicken until heated through
4 – Add zucchini spirals, simmering for about 2 – 5 minutes
5 – Add salt to taste
French Onion Soup
This soup is simple to make, and uses very few ingredients. It’s typically made with beef bone broth (stock), but it’s good with any broth!
- 5 large yellow onions
- 8 cups bone broth
- 1 tbsp chopped thyme
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
1 – Thinly slice onions and add them to the coconut oil in a stock pot. Cook at medium-low level heat for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring frequently. You want the onions to be lightly golden brown, not dark.
2 – Once onions are slightly caramelized, pour in bone broth. Add thyme and salt to taste
3 – Simmer for 45 minutes
Bone Broth Burgers
Sick of soups? Try it in your burgers!
- 1 lb. ground beef, pork, chicken, turkey
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- ½ to 1 cup of bone broth
- ½ yellow onion, sliced
1 – Combine the meat with salt and pepper, making 4 – 6 patties
2 – Heat oil in a skillet, adding burgers when oil begins to smoke
3 – Place onions next to burger in pan. Flip and cook through as preferred.
4 – Remove burgers, add bone broth to onions in the pan. Turn up heat to medium-high, boil broth until reduced leaving thickened sauce
5 – Spoon sauce over the burgers and eat over sauteed greens instead of using a bun
If you are truly looking to improve your gut health bone broth will work wonders!
But healing your gut will take time. Probiotics are recommended to heal faster!