Broth is a keystone of traditional food — and especially the gut-healing GAPS Diet.
We should have some every day! Yet… sometimes we just don't want to drink it straight all the time.
My friend and fellow blogger, Mindy from Too Many Jars In My Kitchen!, helped me compile a list of creative ideas for getting broth into your daily routine.
Learn What's The Difference Between Stock and Broth?, and learn how to make your own broth here. Remember, if you're on GAPS, sometimes a 12- to 24-hour simmered stock (aka broth) is too strong for the sensitive digestive system. In this case, simmer for fewer hours rather than more.
9 Ways To Get Broth In Without Drinking It Straight
Even if you're not on the GAPS Diet, broth is nourishing for everyone. Try some of these ideas to get that broth in without drinking it straight and just see if your digestion and satiation doesn't improve!
And, for even more inspiration, check out 5 Ways To Make Your Bone Broth More Exciting.
#1 — Cook Beans In Stock
After soaking in water (see how to soak beans here), cook your lentils or white (navy) beans in stock for extra flavor and nutrition! Mindy recommends the Basic Lentil recipe from Nourishing Traditions.
#2 — Add Broth To Your Sunday Pot Roast
Cook your roast beef and veggies in 1 to 2 cups of beef stock. Then strain out the stock and boil to make a reduction sauce. Spoon over the meat and veggies as a gravy when ready to serve!
#3 — Serve Meatballs Au Jus
#4 — Roast A Chicken In Extra Broth
Add 1 or 2 cups of chicken stock to your roasting pan when roasting a chicken. A little extra yumminess never goes amiss!
#5 — Boil Meats In Stock
This is especially important if you're on the GAPS Intro diet (learn more about that here). You can also reheat your meats in broth.
#6 — Stir-Fry Vegetables With Broth
After stir-frying your veggies, add a cup or so of broth and let simmer for a few minutes before serving.
#7 — Cook Veggies In Stock Instead Of Water
Again, this is super important on the GAPS Intro Diet! You can even save the stock to use again for other veggies, if desired.
#8 — Make Soup
Blended soups are delicious with stock as the base! Check out our round-up of blended soups here.
Bonus! #9 — Pressure Cook With Broth
Instead of adding water when pressure cooking veggies or meats, add stock! Our Mediterranean Instant Pot Lamb Roast demonstrates this to perfection. Just skip the potatoes if you're on the GAPS Diet.
How Much Stock Should You Drink?
According to Mindy…
While it adds variety to use stock in other ways besides soup or just drinking a cup of it, it is an important part of GAPS to have at least one cup of soup or stock each day. During my year on GAPS, I’ve come to really enjoy having soup or stock at most meals. It provides gelatin for healing the gut, is an extremely nourishing food, and makes you feel very satisfied! I love to add ghee or butter (those further along with dairy could do sour cream, too) and an egg yolk or two. It also makes a wonderful snack between meals.
How much broth do you drink every day? Do you have any more ideas to share?
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