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Nourishing soup

Soup is so warming and most commonly on the Winter menu, but l think it can be included all year round as a lighter meal option. Home made using your lovingly cooked stock or just filtered water as a base, it will provided flavour, nutrition and a calmness to your day as you slowly sip this comforting dish.

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A lovingly made lamb stock based soup. Add some protein with it to boost the caloric and nutritional content. This helps to make it more of a meal.

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I like to make my own stock. I use lamb, chicken or beef bones normally which are good quality. A stock is so easy to make but takes time. I save the bones from the family roast and place them in a pot with filtered water, left over veggies, a dash of apple cider vinegar, peppercorns, onion and bay leaf. I let it cook for a day then strain and it is ready to use.

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The favourite veggies l use to make soup are pumpkin, sweet potato, leek, onion, carrot, fennel and cabbage. It is entirely up to you what combination goes into the pot. A delicious soup can be made without a stock base but it won’t have the same depth of flavour or nutritional content.

I like to keep some soup in the fridge for lunches and then the rest goes into the freezer in small containers. I often take some over to my neighbour as it is lovely to share your cooking. I heat it up in a saucepan as l avoid the microwave oven. I eat it with a soup spoon from a mug or bowl. Often l place some in a thermos and take it on the road when l am out.

Soup is such a versatile option and can be a mini meal, snack or a hearty dish. It is an excellent way to use up leftover veggies and the bones from a roast. It is very economical and good for the budget.

How do you like your soup?

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My favourite soup mug.

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Turkey bone broth

A flavour taste sensation filled with so many wonderful nourishing nutrients and making use of ingredients that usually go to waste.

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An amazing turkey bone broth with pan fried sweet potato noodles. It was completely delicious.

Bone broth is nutrient dense and extremely healing for the digestive system. In addition to this it is filled with an incredible flavour that can be enjoyed on its own as a drink or used in your favourite meals.

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This is a beautiful beef and vegetable casserole where l added about 1 litre of turkey stock to create an amazing flavour. 

To make the stock you need to have the remainders of the turkey after you have cooked it and enjoyed a lovely meal.

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Cook your turkey and enjoy a delicious meal saving the leftover meat, skin and bone for your broth.

To make the broth place your turkey leftovers in a big pot and fill it 3/4 of the way with filtered water. Add to the pot 1/4 cup of organic apple cider vinegar, a few peppercorns, onion, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, a few bay leaves and an assortment of vegetables such as celery ends or carrots.

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Everything is in the pot. 

It is hard to go wrong and the actual quantity of each ingredient doesn’t have to be exact. The apple cider vinegar is important though as it helps to leach the minerals and nutrients from the bones.

Bring the broth to the boil and then let simmer with the lid on for around 24 hours. The house will smell lovely.

When the broth is cool strain it to so you are left with a clear liquid. Let it cool in the fridge and then skim the fat and solids off the top. The broth is now ready to use or can be frozen.

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This broth is so precious. Try to always have a broth of some kind in your fridge or freezer.

Sweet beef curry: Paleo, gluten and dairy free

Grass fed beef, bone broth and natural ingredients contribute to a wonderfully nutritious meal.

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All natural and amazingly sweet.

Unable to eat red meat at present due to my digestive issues, l still cook it for my children and they ate this with the biggest smiles on their faces.

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Grass fed gravy beef. It can be hard to find grass fed beef but it is worth shopping around, questioning the butcher and paying a bit extra.

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Home made grass fed beef bone broth. Rich in nutrition and supporting digestive health.

Ingredients:

1 kg grass fed gravy beef or similar

800 ml beef bone broth (recipe in soup section)

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

1 tablespoon coconut flour (or another non gluten flour)

2 tablespoons shredded coconut

1 onion diced

pink rock salt and ground black pepper (approximately 1/2 teaspoon each)

1 fresh banana diced

1 green apple peeled and diced

Curry Powder to taste (I used 1/2 teaspoon)

1 tablespoon coconut oil

Method:

Gently melt the coconut oil in a large saucepan. Add the diced beef and lightly brown. Add the flour, curry powder, onion and tomato paste and cook for one minute. Add the stock, followed by the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil then let simmer for several hours with the lid on.

This beef curry is naturally sweet and has a delicious coconut flavour. Serve it with steamed or roasted vegetables for a delicious and healthy meal.

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Beef bone broth

Famous for its nutritional qualities, especially for enhancing gut health, this broth is thick and murky which is just how you want it to be.

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The hard part is over once you are at this stage. Now what to do with it!

If you want to source the best recipes for broths and other healing foods, l suggest you purchase the book ‘Nourishing Traditions’ by Sally Fallon. It is a wonderful book and has an incredible amount of valuable information in it.

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Nourishing Traditions with grass fed beef bones.

There are lots of ways to make bone broth but this is how l made it.The first thing you need to do is to buy some grass fed beef bones and the ones l purchased were very white and clean with the brightest flesh l have seen. Finding a butcher who stocks these is a challenge and it requires visiting the shop or local supplier and questioning them as to the source of the meat. I found a local butcher and a certain amount of trust is required as he assured me all of his meat was from grass fed animals.

Ingredients:

  • 2 kilograms of grass fed soup bones
  • Cold filtered water. Just enough to cover the bones in the pot.
  • ¼ cup of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 onions chopped in half
  • 3 carrots coarsely chopped
  • 3 celery sticks coarsely chopped
  • Black peppercorns
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The best apple cider vinegar. Avoid the ones in the local supermarket.

Method:

Place all of the bones with meaty bits in a roasting pan and brown in the oven at 180 degrees until well browned for 60 minutes.

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Ready to be roasted

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Roasted and ready to go into the pot.

Meanwhile if you have any non-meaty bones place them into a large stockpot and add the cold water, vinegar, vegetables and peppercorns. Let that sit while the other bones are browning. My bones were all meaty so l didn’t need to do this step. Add your browned bones to the pot and deglaze the roasting pan with hot water. Pour this greasy mix and any leftover meat or bones into the pot. Add more water if you need to so that the bones are covered.

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A murky looking liquid.

Bring the pot to boil and remove the foam from the top of the pot. Reduce the heat, cover and let the pot simmer for a good 24 to 48 hours. The longer it cooks, the richer the flavour. A warning here that the smell through the house was so incredible in the night that l had trouble sleeping.

Once the cooking time is up let the stock cool in the pot. When cool pour the broth into a large bowl through a strainer so the liquid is separated from the bones and vegetables. Don’t taste it at this point as it doesn’t taste good. Place the broth in the fridge and let it cool completely until you can see a white layer of fat on top. Use an egg flipper or large spoon to lift this off and then strain again into a clean bowl.

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Looking quite awful. Remove the top layer of fat and strain.

A sign of a good broth is that it will be quite thick and jelly like.

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Ready to be used or frozen.

The broth is now ready to be used on its own or in your favourite dishes. Transfer the broth to mason jars or any sealed container. The broth can keep in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for 6 months.

The original bones can be re-used and this will produce a clearer broth. To do this follow the recipe again except for the roasting part.

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The original bones can be re-used.

Reflection: I went into making this broth with the best of intentions. Not having a gallbladder l have struggled to incorporate red meat into my diet. I can see that this broth is remarkable, and l will use it in the dishes l make for the rest of my family. There is something about the beef fat that just doesn’t agree with me at this point and l will stick to chicken broth for the time being.

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A simple Sweet Potato soup

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A light and sweet soup.

This is a very light and comforting sweet potato soup with a chicken broth base. It was really quick to make as the broth was in the freezer and was ready within a couple of hours. The recipe for making the broth is in another post on the website but home made broth is best and you will be rewarded with a lovely flavour and lots of added nutrients.

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Home made chicken stock

In a medium sized saucepan l placed the stock (about 3 cups), 2 medium to large peeled and chopped sweet potatoes, 1 cup of diced pumpkin, 1 cup of diced cauliflower and 2 diced carrots. I brought this to the boil and then let it simmer for a couple of hours. I blended the hot soup in the pot with my hand blender and served. I like to season my soup at the table and l used ground black pepper and sea salt which really brought out the flavours in the soup.

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Piping hot just out of the pot!

When reheating the soup the next day l use a saucepan which only takes a couple of minutes. As soon as it gets to the boil reduce the heat and let it simmer for about a minute and it will be delicious. I am on a healing and wellness diet and don’t cook or heat any food in the microwave oven as l believe it damages the structure of the food and reduces the vitamin and mineral content.

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Reheat your soup on the stove and dont use the microwave oven.

I wasn’t feeling well from a Winter virus when l made this soup and it is just the right consistency for a delicate stomach to handle. It is both soothing and comforting with a lovely flavour.

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Vegetable Soup

    

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There is so much comfort in sitting down to a lovely bowl of vegetable soup, especially on a cold day.

It might seem kind of basic to be writing about how to make vegetable soup but if you haven’t had a go at it these tips might help. I like to make up big batches of soup and keep them in the freezer in small containers so l can use them as needed. The soup freezes well and if l don’t have time to let the soup defrost overnight l place the frozen tub in a small amount of hot water so it loosens from the container, then put it in a saucepan with a small amount of water. This method works very well as l do not use a microwave oven so need to find other ways of managing.

First step:

The whole base of the soup is a good stock. I have a recipe on my website for making a stock from a chicken base but you can use beef or lamb shanks. My mother used to put the lamb shank into the soup and let it all cook for several days and if you can find some grass fed lamb shanks this would be very nice. I don’t eat red meat now due to my lack of a gall bladder but my Dad was a sheep farmer and we had some lovely lamb meals when we were growing up. Although l don’t eat the red meat l could still put the beef or lamb bones into my stock mix but at this stage l am in the habit of using free range chicken as we often have a roast chicken for dinner and it is economical to then use the bones, skin and leftover meat in the stock.

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The pictures above show the cooked stock, draining out the bones and meat and finally the delicious stock which is the base of the soup. At this stage you can place small amounts of the stock in containers and freeze to use in casseroles or bolognese as examples depending on the quantity of soup you wish to make.

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Decide which vegetables you would like in your soup. I chose sweet potato, celery, pumpkin, carrot and cauliflower this time. You can add anything that you like such as cabbage and some onion if you can tolerate it. My mother used to add split peas and soup mix but l have found these can create digestive issues so avoid them now. Make sure your vegetables are washed well then cut into small pieces. Vegetables such as the carrots and celery will be there in the diced form in the final soup, but the softer vegetables such as sweet potato and carrot will dissolve and thicken the soup. Place all of your chopped vegetables in the pot with the broth and let simmer all day. Get a potato masher and mash some of the softer vegetables such as the pumpkin so they break up and thicken the soup. Serve in a bowl or mug and season with sea salt and ground black pepper. You can add a clove of crushed garlic or some sliced spring onion tops at serving as a garnish and extra flavour. Let the soup left over cool and place into the fridge or freezer for later use. Another handy idea is to take the soup hot to work in a thermos so you can enjoy a lovely lunch or have it in a mug for morning tea.

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