Craving pungent warmth? This ramen bowl HITS THE SPOT! And it has lots of health benefits too. I’m just over a stinking cold and with a fridge full of slow cooked bone broth this recipe gave me a hot hit and all the re-mineralising benefits of the broth. Although strictly speaking this isn’t a Ramen as there are no noodles, but if you’re not grain free, then feel free to add some!
So what’s all the hype about bone broth? I was looking for specific mineral analysis breakdowns and found lots of varying and not very promising results relating to what you actually get from bubbling your broth for long periods. Initially I felt disheartened, but then I remembered the fab smell of the bone broth sitting in the kitchen, the warmth of the slow cooker, the good feeling of using up a carcass and the rich flavour the broth provides. There’s no question it’s good for the skin and digestion, you feel in once you’ve eaten it, but it seems as though the jury is out on the specifics of mineral breakdown. What I know wholeheartedly though, is that the mind body connection is where the magic happens. If we create comfort, warmth and well being in the processes relating to our consumption, then we are already well prepared to extract the maximum nutritional benefit from our food. This is the magical life enhancing benefit of eating to live … It’s the secret ingredient! So enjoy!
Ingredients for the bone broth:
- 1 chicken carcass (left over from sunday roast)
- 1 carrot
- 1 stick celery
- 1 palmful of black peppercorns
- 1 thumb of ginger
- 2 bay leaves
- 500 mls filtered water
Method for the bone broth:
- Add the ingredients to the slow cooker and set to low for 24 hours. (The bones will become soft and start dissolving)
- Drain the liquid in to a glass or ceramic container for storage and discard remaining bones and food.
Ingredients for the Ramen (serves 2):
- 250g prawns
- 1/2 head finely sliced pointed cabbage (these made a noodle like alternative)
- 1/2 head broccoli
- 2 red birdseye chillis
- splash fish sauce
- 2 tsp coconut aminos
- 20 almonds, chopped
- 1 pointed red pepper finely sliced
- 1 thumb grated fresh turmeric
- Handful fresh coriander
- 3 spring onions, finely sliced
Method for the Ramen:
- Bring the bone broth to a simmer in a large pan on the hob.
- Add all the ingredients (apart from the coriander )and simmer for around 5-7 minutes (or until the broccoli has your desired texture (and your prawns are pink through if they’re not already cooked)