When I need a quick nourishing meal with lots of vegetables I often make this soup. I get my daily serving of bone broth, use up my odds and ends of vegetables and have a quick lunch for days to come (unless my family gets to it first). I used bone broth from Heritage Cattle Company, a Keene, Ontario farm and distributed through, truLocal, a high-end, locally sourced meat supplier that delivers right to your door. Buying local is very important and I love that their beef is both grass fed and finished. The both is made from pure ingredients with no preservatives, additives or MSG, and no gluten. They cook it for 24 hours which is required to get the maximum nutrients from the bones.
Studies show that bone broth is beneficial for many aspects of health including:
1. our immune system - bone broth contains essential amino acids such as glutamine, arginine and cysteine.
2. our gut health - it is soothing to the stomach and helps to heal leaky gut
3. it promotes weight loss- it is believed that the l-glutamine content fights inflammation and strengthens our bones and teeth. A cup a day keeps the doctor away. Add in a pile of vegetables and you have a recipe for good health.
4. relieves joint pain and osteoarthritis - especially if eaten with phytonutrient rich vegetables which aid collagen production.
Bone Broth Vegetable Soup
2 tbsp. avocado or coconut oil
1/2 cup of onions, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
2 to 4 garlic cubes, minced
1/2 cup broccoli, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup cauliflower, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup carrots, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup peas
1 cup vegetables such as zucchini or asparagus
Handful of spinach or kale
1 can of beans, black beans, navy or cannellini
6 -8 cups of bone broth
Salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a large saucepan and sauté the onions, celery and garlic. Add in remaining vegetables except for spinach or kale. Add broth and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer until vegetables are tender. Add beans and spinach or kale. Season with salt and pepper and any other spices you enjoy.
Susanne Jakubowski is a holistic nutritionist, yoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, and cancer survivor.