Bone broth is a staple in my fridge. I prefer chicken to beef, it just depends on what your palette prefers. I make a big batch on Sundays and that usually carries me through the week, unless I’m gifting it to a new mum.
A jar of bone broth is my go-to gift for a new mama. Why bone broth? Well it’s filled with all these wonderful nutrients that nurture and nourish the gut and soul.
Collagen is probably the first that comes to mind. Collagen is the building block of healthy joints. It keeps our bodies running smoothly, not only providing strength and elasticity of our skin and nails, it increases vibrancy of hair, supports hormonal balance, gut health, and muscle recovery.
In the postpartum stage, collagen is essential in healing and recovering from childbirth and pregnancy.
A cup of bone broth a day or in between breastfeeding is so replenishing.
Below is my basic Chicken Broth Recipe. For my vegetarian friends, a Mushroom broth is just as delicious and vitality enriching.
The recipe below is a bit of a lazy version of a Bone Broth Chicken soup – as I do integrate a pre-made broth. Not everyone has the luxury to plan 10 hours in advance or have a slow cooker at hand.
2 x carrots sliced in quarters
2x celery stalks – sliced
*4 cloves Garlic & ½ brown onion -optional ( chopped/diced)
2 x organic maryland chicken pieces
2x lemongrass sticks – slice base of lemongrass stack
Handful of kaffir lime leaves
1 x The Goods liquid Chicken Bone Broth ( my preferred brand)
Heat a dutch oven pot with light olive oil, sautee carrots, celery (mirepoix), lemongrass garlic and onion if using.
Salt pieces of chicken on both sides. Once onions are translucent add chicken to mix.
Slightly brown chicken and toss with mirepoix.
Add 1 packet of The Goods Chicken Bone Broth to chicken and vegetables
Add 4 cups of filtered water, salt and kaffir lime leaves ( I like to break the leaves to awaken the flavour)
Give a good mix , cover the dutch oven and set to simmer for 40 mins
Remove chicken pieces once cooked and allow soup to continue to simmer.
*You can add pasta, noodles at this point
Shred chicken off the bone with a fork and place back into the soup.
Simmer for another 10 mins and then serve hot.
I like to add a bit of soy sauce or teriyaki sauce to add more flavour to the soup.
SoupJar – Mama Soup – for a truly restorative cup of broth, the Mama Soup by SoupJar is filled with Chinese herbs that will tonify, increase your chi and nourish you.
Next time you’re thinking of a gift for a new mama or just for yourself – make some broth or pick up a SoupJar from the Apothecary.
Written by postpartum and general health naturopath, Shantini Iyngkaran
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