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Today I have a guest post from Amy Moffat who blogs at Everyday Wholehearted.
If you didn't grow up drinking plain chicken broth from a mug (like me and probably many others who are on GAPS now…) then incorporating enough homemade broth into your daily GAPS routine might be difficult at first. Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride recommends drinking some with every meal and even in between (Gut and Psychology Syndrome, 154). That's a lot of broth!
Over the last couple years, though, I've learned some great tricks from fellow GAPS die-hards that have helped me stay true to eating plenty of healing stocks and broths even when life gets crazy. Here are a few:
- RE-USE THE SAME BONES over and over! The bones will continue to release minerals, gelatin, and amino acids until they are completely gone! If your bones aren't soft and squishy after one batch of broth, simply use them again and again till they're soft and falling apart!
- Keep a crockpot of bone broth GOING ALL THE TIME! I constantly keep my bones simmering in my crockpot on low (periodically removing the lid to cool it down) to use for soups and drinks every day without having to worry about storing or heating or thawing. When the liquid gets low just fill it back up to the top with filtered water!
- Make the animal work for you! Cook a whole chicken in filtered water for meat stock, remove the meat for a meal, then use the same bones in more filtered water for one or two (or three, or four!) batches of bone broth.
- GET A SYSTEM down. When it becomes habit, it becomes easy. Figure out a system that works for you with minimal clean up and maximum results. When it's easier, you'll do it more. That's just how humans are, right?
With a little practice, you'll soon be making batches and batches of broth like a pro. And in that case, I thought I'd share a favorite recipe to use some of that broth.
Soups are my absolute favorite way to make sure I'm eating lots of broth. This one is particularly comforting and reminds me of Chicken Pot Pie. Celery root (or celeriac) gives this soup it's creamy, “pot pie” feel and the rosemary and thyme bring that “homestyle” cooking taste. It's suitable for the full GAPS diet, or by Stage 3 if you substitute coconut milk. Hope you enjoy!
GAPS Creamy Chicken Soup
- 2 Tablespoons butter or ghee
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 1/2 lb celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2 inch squares (about 2 cups chopped)
- 1/2 lb celery root, peeled and roughly chopped (about 2 cups chopped)
- 4 cups homemade chicken broth
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (if in earlier stages of GAPS, replace with chicken broth or cultured cream)
- 1 cup chopped carrots
- 2 teaspoons sea salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2/3 teaspoon dried thyme
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 pound shredded or cubed cooked chicken
- 2/3 cup frozen English peas
- In a large saucepan, heat the butter and then add the onions, sauteeing until fragrant (about 5-7 min).
- Add 1/2 lb roughly chopped celery root and pour in the chicken broth.
- Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 10 min, or until celery root is fork tender.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove the celery root from the soup and add it to a blender with 2/3 c coconut milk.
- Puree and set aside.
- Add the carrots, the rest of the celery root, salt and pepper, and the herbs to the saucepan and simmer for about 10 minutes.
- Add in the pureed celery root, the peas, and the chicken and simmer for a few more minutes, until peas and chicken are heated through and vegetables are done.