We are leaving for an extended stay (7+ months) to Costa Rica. As plans comes together, we are T-60, I am starting to realize how many creature comforts I will no longer have access to. Although I am sure to find new ones, there are a couple that are keeping me up at night so I’m trialing recipes to see if I can recreate some favourites in the land of Pura Vida.

Home Made Bone Broth

Although I am mostly veg, I began drinking bone broth a couple of years ago to support a natural wellness plan for frozen shoulder (more on that later). It nourished me and my joints and I’ve kept it up. My go to broth is the highest quality from true broth artisan and beautiful person, Jill Weaver at The Stock Exchange Mindful Nourishment. The first time Jill had me in her kitchen for lunch I fell in love with the relationship she had with food, farmers and flavours. That is a post all on its own! Perhaps one I’ll write when I’m missing her after we leave. Today I wanted to share with you my recipe for homemade bone broth. This is what I’ll be enjoying when I can’t get Jill’s.

Quality Ingredients are Key

1 Happy Chicken (Organic, naturally-raised, no antibiotics)
3 Organic Carrots
2 Organic Onions
1 Organic Lemon
Bay leaf, organic parsley, other fresh herbs you like

Instructions (spoiler alert: I am a creative so a bit of this & a bit of that)

  1. Roast your happy chicken (375 degrees, until fully cooked)
  2. Remove the meat that you want to have for dinner and set aside
  3. Take all remaining chicken, bones, skin, everything, and place in a crockpot
  4. Add all remaining ingredients; large chopped carrots, large chopped onions, juice of 1 lemon, herbs
  5. Cover with water and cook on lowest temp for 15-20 hours (yes! 15-20 hours) which is why the slow cooker or crock pot is perfect.
  6. Once done, allow to cool and strain so all bones, meat and cooked veggies don’t get into the broth
  7. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or in your freezer for up to 4 months (air tight container for freshness)

Yield: will vary but about 10 cups

Enjoying Your Bone Broth

You can drink as is but here are some random things I’ve tried and loved (please send me comments and other ideas on Facebook, Instagram or to my email)

  • Add salt, pepper to taste and even turmeric and a teaspoon of coconut oil to kick up the health benefits
  • Reheat on the stove, I feel the microwave kills nutrients (no science here that I know of, just mama-intuition)
  • My latest craze (thanks Jilly!) is some micro greens, green onions and even chopped tomatoes in the bowl and then hit that with steaming hot bone broth. #SoYummy
  • I have this first thing in the morning, before my coffee – I feel it lines my gut with goodness and get my digestion going in the right direction. That said, its an anytime drink for the whole fam.

Thanks for reading, trying, sharing. It really fills my bucket. xoxo

“At the end of day,
to love and be loved
is all that really matters”