Taming The Weight Room

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

For Heathy: Grass Fed Bone Broth

                                                         Sam and Heathy last summer

My dear friend Heathy of Sweetly Raw is coming to visit.. she is healing her body using certain items that are impossible for her to bring with her. So I made Heathy a nourishing traditions style bone broth using grass fed marrow bones from Novy Ranch and a grass fed beef shank steak..

My Fabulous Le Crueset Pot!
This is how we do it baby...

Get a large stockpot, if you are lucky, one like my pal AnnMarie had a drawing for at Cheeseslave ! Yep, I won!  Go visit her and tell her Debbie sent you!

Add some amazing grass fed marrow bones ( a gift from my dear buddy Darla), I used around 5-6 lbs of them... add 1/2 cup Braggs cider vinegar and some water to cover, let sit for 30 minutes or so...

Then I roasted a grass fed shank steak from Whole Foods for about 45 mins at 400 degrees..


Make sure you keep a sharp eye on certain family members.

Cover the bones and shank with water.. add the veggies which are
*3 carrots chopped
*1 red onion chopped
*3 celery stalks chopped
*one bunch of parsley (I messed up and added this now.. you are supposed to add it at the last ten minutes of cooking.. oh well.)
*3 sprigs of fresh thyme
* cracked black pepper

Add the veggies to the water and bones..

Make sure you leave about an inch at the top of the pot.
Bring it to a boil....um yeah, mine was full to the top :)

Then lower to a simmer.. and let her sit. 
I leave mine for three days, gotta get all that marrowy goodness out!
I kept stirring it.. about 3 times a day or so..
and Voila'! 
Take the bones out with a slotted spoon or tongs....and any meaty chunks.. for your best friend.
Ok boy, you can eat now!

Strain out the chunky stuff like so:
And you will be rewarded with this golden nectar of the bone..

No, there is not a tree in the broth, it's the reflection from my kitchen window!

Pop this in the fridge, let the fat gather on the top and scoop it off.. then store it in containers in the fridge or freezer.

I plan to give Heathy four jars of this bone broth.. and plan to make some bison broth Weds night.. it will be ready when I see her Friday night!

Malcolm trying to restrain himself..

all that is left is the bones.. which will no doubt be buried in our yard..

Heathy's Bone Broth jars, waiting to be filled.

May your kitchen be warmed by your stock pot simmering and your heart be full of love for your friends, furry and otherwise. <3


Friday, October 8, 2010

From the Genius Mind of Matt Stone: 180 Degree Health Spicy Shrimp Veggie Dinner

Shrimp in Spicy Tomato Broth from 180 Degree Kitchen

I am not afraid to admit to being a bit of a food geek. Meaning I read everything I can get my hands on and try to figure out what the optimal diet is and what to avoid. Like most folks who get the old expiration date stamp, I have struggled with eating foods that were 'healthy' but not tasty. Those days are over my friends, thanks in part to my good pal Matt Stone of 180 Degree Health! As the name implies, Matt does not cotton to the usual FDA Government food pyramid, calories in calories out hoo hah, he flips all that over and reveals the true reasons we get fat and how to get your body to behave. The nice thing is, he's pretty funny and handsome to boot. So that's the kind of guy I like to get all food geeky with!

Check out the video Matt made for Shrimp in Spicy Tomato Broth (the pics are from my doubled batch I made for dinner, I love it with Trader Joes fresh Roasted salsa, OLE!)

Here's how to make it your own self!

  • 10 frozen shrimp
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • Splash of water
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1/4 cup frozen peas
  • Salt
  • 1-2T butter
Directions… Throw it all in a pot and cook it until it’s done – except for the butter that is. Stir that in at the very end.  Takes 5-7 minutes. 
Want a closer look at mine?

Please do visit Matt and tell him Debbie sent you, he may give you a smart ass reply but know that deep in  his heart he is smiling. 

 Thanks Matt for all you do, I love my new audio set, I can listen to your dulcet tones any old time I want to geek out on food and health.  You can get your own 180 degree health weight-loss metabolism boosting audio/ebook here.
It's a steal for all the valuable and cutting edge info Matt provides. And he has a nice voice.

One last thing, want a yummy dessert? Try this!
I made this one up....

Take about 1/2 cup plain yogurt
add 1 Tbls or so of Coconut Manna by Nutiva (you can use coconut oil but it won't taste quite as sweet)
handful of fresh raspberries,
Throw it a bowl and call it dessert!!

Sweet and Spicy Dreams!
deb xo