I’m not a real fan of the winter months, however something I do love about winter is the opportunity to enjoy lots of wholesome soups. A new recipe I recently created is now definitely one of my all-time favourites. It really is one of the tastiest, most delicious soups I’ve ever made. I’ve not only incorporated some of the scrumptious dumplings which we now sell in store but also some super healthy bone broth.
I’m sure by now we’ve all heard of the health benefits of bone broth. For those that don’t know, bone broth is a nutrient dense stock which is created by cooking up animal bones and connective tissue. This broth is generally made from the bones and connective tissue of animals such as chicken, fish or beef.
I don’t go to the trouble of cooking up my own broth which can be a bit time consuming. Like many I find it convenient to use bone broth either in a powdered form or in a paste which can then be added to soups. It can also be used as a nutritious warm drink. We do also sell pure bone broth in a jar from the fridge,
This highly nutritious broth is both rich in minerals and vitamins, plus essential fatty acids and amino acids. If we are using animal bones, we may benefit from the high content of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and other trace minerals. The benefit of using fish bones means we will also gain the benefit of extra iodine which we know may be helpful for our thyroid health. The marrow which is extracted during cooking contains other minerals such as iron, boron, manganese, selenium and zinc. It also contains omegas 3 and 6 plus vitamin A and K2.
These animal parts also contain collagen which is extracted when cooking and becomes gelatin. Gelatin has many health benefits especially when it comes to gut health. Not only is bone broth easily digested to enable us to more readily obtain all of these nutrients, gelatin contained in bone broth may help shield and heal our gut lining. The bonus is the amino acid glutamine which is contained in gelatin is also extremely helpful in preserving the function of our intestinal wall to assist in maintaining good gut health. Drinking bone broth regularly may also be helpful for IBS and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
The gelatin found in bone broth is also believed to be helpful for our joint health and drinking bone broth regularly may be helpful for treating and preventing arthritis. When it comes to treating arthritis, I’m sure we’ve all heard of glucosamine and chondroitin which are the compounds contained in cartilage. Bone broth contains glucosamine and chondroitin. The amino acids known as proline and glycine are also contained in gelatin. These amino acids are used by our body to form connective tissue including our ligaments and tendons.
Even if you don’t suffer from gut problems or you have no issues with joint health, it makes sense to regularly drink bone broth because it is so nutritious.
Below is my scrumptious Bone Broth Dumpling Soup recipe. It is soooo easy to make and super delicious. You must try it!!
Chinese Dumpling Soup with Bone Broth
Ingredients – 8 cups vegetable or chicken stock; 1 tbsp Best of the Bone Broth; 3 cm piece fresh ginger peeled and grated; 2 tbsp Tamari; 2 tbsp Niulife Coconut Balsamic Vinegar; 2 tsp toasted sesame oil;1 tsp xylitol; 1 bunch broccolini sliced; 2 carrots thinly sliced; 1 cup sliced mushrooms; 3 shallots sliced; 4 cups baby spinach; 16 XHC Dumplings (Chicken Basil; Tofu Vegetable; Pork Chili or Wagyu Tomato)
In a pot bring to boil the veg or chicken stock, bone broth, grated ginger, tamari, balsamic vinegar, sesame oil and xylitol. Simmer for approx. 10 to 15 minutes. Add carrots and dumplings. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add broccolini and simmer for further 5 minutes then add sliced mushrooms, sliced shallots and baby spinach. Serve with chopped coriander and chilli paste if desired, for extra flavour.
Vietnamese Pho or Thai Lemongrass Vegetable Broth with Dumplings
We have recently stocked a new range of Broth Bags known as The Broth Sisters. These broth bags are a simple way to enjoy a healthy cuppa or for a quick meal idea you can place the broth bag in a bowl, infuse in boiling water for 5 minutes and add your dumplings. A quick tasty meal or snack!