If you love bone broth or know that you should be having more of it, but have trouble coming up with creative ways to use it up – today’s post is for you! From stuffing to soups and stews, I’ve put together 15 ideas and recipes for you to start incorporating bone broth in your daily routine.
Bone broth is fantastic for digestive health amongst other things, so it’s a good idea to incorporate as much of it in your diet as possible. While it’s best to make your own bone broth on regular basis (I have a recipe for beef bone broth here), it’s not always possible. If you don’t have the time to make your own, you can buy bone broth online and in some stores.
Kettle & Fire is a fantastic brand of ready-made bone broth in the U.S. In Australia, I like the The Stock Merchant brand – they make free-range chicken and grass-fed been bone broths. My UK readers might like to check out Borough Broth Co.
Without further adieu, here are 15 ways to use bone broth in your kitchen!
Just sip on it
Let’s start with something simple and straight forward. Heat the broth, pour it in a mug and sip it slowly. A lot of people hit a cup of warm broth first thing in the morning in place of coffee; I prefer to have a small bowl seasoned with a little garlic and fresh coriander before my main meal at dinner time. You can add any seasoning you like to flavour the broth: grated ginger and spring onion; cracked pepper and celery salt; a little lime juice and fish sauce; tomato paste, garlic and basil; miso and seaweed, and the list goes on.
Use it in a soup
This is an obvious go-to use of bone broth but I thought I should mention it anyway. Any soup that calls for ready-made stock or stock cubes can be upgraded into something much more nutritious with some heavy-duty bone broth.
Try my zucchini, turmeric and coconut soup with some lovely chicken or beef bone broth for a seriously healing and nourishing meal.
For an Asian inspired meal, check out my egg drop soup with greens and shiitake mushrooms. It can be made with chicken or beef bone broth. Vietnamese beef pho or Thai Tom Kha Gai are also tasty choices for using up bone broth.
In a stuffing
While traditional Thanksgiving stuffing may not be paleo, this innovative, grain-free version certainly is. Bone broth plays an integral part here, and this recipe from Eat Beautiful is extremely tasty – as well as gut friendly.
Bone broth in a gravy
A Thanksgiving classic just got a little healthier with this recipe from Raising Generation Nourished. This 5-minute gravy with bone broth contains collagen – one of the many beneficial elements which will help to heal your body and gut. Not to mention, it tastes delicious.
Make cauliflower rice with it
Cauliflower rice is not just a paleo staple side dish these days, and for a good reason. It’s rich with vitamins C, K, B and folate, and packs enough fibre to keep you on schedule, if you know what I mean. Using bone broth to cook the cauliflower in is a great way to add both some flavour and nutrients to this dish. Check out this simple recipe from Don’t Mess With Mama. I love making my cauliflower rice by first sautéing some onion and garlic, which you can also do in a little bone broth.
In a mashed potato dish
My personal favourite comfort food dish, mashed potatoes are fantastic with added bone broth. The dish becomes a little tastier – and a lot healthier! Pair with some grass-fed beef and veggies for a nutrient-dense dinner. Simply add half a cup of bone broth to whatever veg you want to mash. Try my parsnip and cauliflower mash with garlic butter.
In a marinade
This bone broth marinated chicken from Bare Bones Broth Co. packs an entire day’s worth of protein into one meal, as well as many other nutrients (like B vitamins, selenium and choline). Pair it with some green vegetables like kale or spinach, to round out a great meal.
Use bone broth in stews
Stews are traditionally rich with nutrients, and the addition of bone broth only adds more health benefits. Whenever you make a stew, try adding some bone broth to the mix. I find that beef and chicken bone broths are often interchangeable and you can often use meat broth in vegetable-based stews. Try my hearty beef stew or this chorizo and vegetable stew over at Happy Body Formula.
With poached eggs
A great recipe for breakfast, this bone broth based meal also works for dinner, and features the beneficial nutrients found in kale. Try this dish of poached eggs in bone broth from Well Nourished.
With scrambled eggs
While we’re talking about eggs, why not try adding a little bone broth to your morning scrambled eggs. For a perfect healing breakfast, add some turmeric powder and chopped coriander (cilantro) to the mix as well.
In a tomato sauce
This one should have been staring you right in the face. Of course! Why not add some bone broth to the next batch of your tomato sauce. Serve with crunchy zucchini noodles or over gluten-free pasta. Try this simple recipe from the Food Renegade website.
In a smoothie
Seriously, I have never thought of adding bone broth to my smoothie but apparently it’s a thing. A very healthy thing! This bone broth protein mocha fudge smoothie (that was a mouthful) from Dr. Axe brings delicious taste of bananas and chocolate, plus a big boost of protein. All in addition to the gut healing amino acids found in bone broth that’s hiding inside. Genius!
Use it in braised meat dishes
Braising any type of meat in bone broth is a delicious way to get your meat tender, while packing in the extra nutrients. Think braised short ribs, pulled pork, shredded beef, or an exotic lamb tagine. This braised maple and balsamic chuck roast from Paleo Leap might take your fancy tonight.
To steam and sauté vegetables
Veggies will absorb nutrients from whatever they’re cooked in – so why not cook them in bone broth? And when it comes to veggies, I recommend broccoli, spinach, kale, carrots, green beans, cauliflower, asparagus or Brussels sprouts. Add a few cloves of garlic and a dollop of butter at the end, and voila – your perfect side dish is ready.
Use it dips and pâté
Making some paleo hummus, pumpkin dip or live pâté? Why not add a little bone broth? This paleo and AIP friendly turkey and chicken liver terrine from Provincial Paleo is a great example of how you can use up bone broth in a pretty creative way.
That’s my list of bone broth ideas, guys. What’s your favourite way to get more bone broth in your daily meals? Share below in the comments. Don’t forget to share, if you find this interesting.