Crockpot “Roasted” Chicken Drumsticks

Crockpot “Roasted” Chicken Drumsticks

Did you know you can actually use your crockpot without adding a bunch of liquid to it?! Maybe that’s not news to you, but it was mind-blowing to me! I had always thought you needed at least 1 cup of liquid in your crockpot to prevent it from cracking or causing things to burn. But a dear friend shared with me that you can actually use just a few tablespoons of oil to coat the bottom and cook things up! Just a TBS or so- that’s really all you need! This makes things all “roasty” and delicious! So now my new favorite thing to use my crockpot for is this– “Roasted” Crockpot Drumsticks. I do this at least 2xs/month. (I alternate between a whole chicken one week and drumsticks the next week.) Using drumsticks is so easy on the budget.  I buy 2 packages of organic free-range chicken drumsticks Trader Joes (at only $1.99/lb!) to use for this crockpot recipe.  You could do this with any cut of chicken, but I love using bone-in pieces, and especially drumsticks since they are SO affordable. No big recipe (YAY for easy!!)- Here’s all you do: 1.  Add a TBS of oil to your crockpot. 2.  Layer the drumsticks to fit. 3.  Season with salt, pepper and garlic. 4.  Cook until meat is about to fall off the bone. Low for 4-6 hours is usually just perfect! 🙂 Don’t forget to save all the bones for some homemade bone broth!  I generally keep the bones in a freezer bag until I’m ready to make a batch.  But often times, I’ll shred the meat right off the bone immediately and get...
7 Remedies To Beat Being Sick

7 Remedies To Beat Being Sick

There’s a real stubborn bug going around right now and it has more than overstayed its welcome. For those that have a lingering cough, cold or flu, here’s a round up of 7 great remedies to kick that sick bug to the curb!   1.)  Drink some homemade healing bone broth. Bone broth is an incredible support to your immune system and drinking this warm will soothe you to the core! 2.)  Get plenty of water. I’ve been drinking several warm mugs of water with raw honey and freshly squeezed lemon throughout the day.  The honey coats your tender throat and works with the lemon to promote healing. Plus hot liquids stimulate your immune system, so drink up! 3.)  Take an extra dose of elderberry syrup until you feel well again. 4.) Get extra rest. Don’t try to overdo it. Stay home and get some extra Zzzz. If you need a change of scenery, and it’s sunny like it is here on the Central Coast, step out into your backyard and rest in the sunshine. The extra natural Vit D from the sun will boost your immune system too!! 5.) Take a detox bath Add some lavendar essential oil to your bath if you have some on hand. It will help soothe body aches and induce sleep. 6.) Drink some of my headache soothing turmeric milk or tea.  (No headache required.) With turmeric and ginger, it’s sure to boost your immunity and get you feeling better fast! 7.)  Drink a shot of apple cider vinegar or make this apple cider vinegar cough remedy.   May these 7 remedies combat your flu, cold, or lingering cough!! Have any go-to remedies...
Headache Soothing Turmeric Milk

Headache Soothing Turmeric Milk

I’d love to know the statistics for how many people Google “remedies for headache” on any given day. But even without that data, I imagine it is a very high number. I know I have searched some long hours looking for solutions.  Did you know there’s been evidence that sniffing hot sauce can make the pain go away? Whelp, as desperate as I’ve been at times, I don’t think I could ever go that far. And thankfully, I don’t have to. I found this much more pleasant remedy that actually works! And so you don’t feel tempted to snort the pepper, I thought I’d share this incredibly powerful remedy with you as well. Turmeric Milk It’s really simple, and for the most basic recipe, all you need is milk (any kind you prefer), turmeric and some black pepper.  But my favorite recipe also uses ginger and raw honey. Turmeric is the star of this recipe.  Turmeric is an incredibly beneficial spice that is known for its extensive healing abilities.  Turmeric protects the liver, improves circulation, is a strong anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant. You can read about these and many more incredible benefits here. Turmeric is the spice that gives Indian curry its gorgeous yellow color.  Another spice in curry is black pepper. And this is not a mistake.  Turmeric is incredibly powerful for our bodies, but not easily absorbed without combining it with black pepper.  A study showed that by adding even a pinch of black pepper to turmeric, its bio-availability increased 2000%! (Yes, two-THOUSAND percent!)  Pretty amazing, right? Adding ginger to this milk cuts the bitterness of the turmeric...
Bone Broth Spaghetti Sauce

Bone Broth Spaghetti Sauce

Yep, you read that correctly. Spaghetti Sauce made with bone broth! And it is amazing! Bone broth is an incredibly healthy and delicious addition to your diet.  I’ve shared before that I like to add it to pretty much everything, and my spaghetti sauce is no exception. Rich in minerals, anti-inflammatory properties and immensely nourishing to your gut microbiome, bone broth is a sure way to improve your health. Tomatoes are an incredible source of antioxidants, especially high in lycopene.  And bonus, your body can absorb more of this powerful antioxidant by eating tomatoes cooked, as opposed to raw. I also added garlic, mushrooms and onions to this sauce.  Garlic is a powerful immune booster, low in calories and high in nutrients. Onions are also beneficial to healing the sick and have high amounts of vitamin C and sulfur.  Mushrooms are loaded with nutrients and healing benefits as they are high in anti-inflammatory properties and have good amounts of CLA (conjugated linolenic acid), a healthy fat known to lower cholesterol. So are you ready to see the recipe for this nutrient-dense meal?? Here it is! Bone Broth Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients 4 TBS butter (or oil), divided (1 TBS & 3 TBS) ½ cup onion, chopped (about 1 whole small onion) 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed handful of mushrooms, sliced (about 6 mushrooms) 1 can organic tomato sauce 1 can organic tomato paste 1-1 1/2 cups homemade bone broth 1 lb organic zucchini (or 1 pkg pasta) Seasonings to taste: oregano, basil, salt and pepper Directions Heat 1 TBS butter or oil in a sauce pan.  Add chopped onions and allow to cook a...
Broccoli Goodness

Broccoli Goodness

I have a confession and it may upset some of you. I know haters gonna hate, but I’m just going to come out and say it anyway…. I LOVE BROCCOLI! There it’s out! I do! And honestly, if you don’t share the love then I assume you have yet to try it roasted and slathered in grass fed butter? Because, seriously.. what’s not to love about that?! Give it a try before you protest me on my broccoli love fest. Ok? I love roasting broccoli, but decided to just simply steam it today. No real recipe, just wash, cut and steam for about 5-7 minutes. Then enjoy! I had mine on a bed of creamy mashed potatoes. YUM! Oh and with butter, of course! 😉     Spread the...
What is Deliciously Tasty, Beneficially Nutritious, & Exceptionally Versatile?

What is Deliciously Tasty, Beneficially Nutritious, & Exceptionally Versatile?

BONE BROTH, of course! I know it may sound intimidating or like a lab experiment, but bone broth is actually quite simple. It’s a nutrient-powerhouse that can be made in your own kitchen using things you most likely have on hand already! This stuff is great for pregnant and nursing mamas, improves elasticity of skin to prevent stretch marks and wrinkles, helps restore gut flora after antibiotics, safe for babies (at least 6 months of age), and can help heal all sorts of ailments!  It’s simply AMAZING! I think there are a zillion reasons that make it stand out as a nutrient-dense staple.  You can read a bunch of those fabulous reasons here. I like to make a big batch once a week, but typically every time my bone broth freezer goody bag is full, the bone broth magic commences. There are a few different methods for making bone broth. You can use a big pot on the stove, a crock-pot, or a pressure cooker.  Jenny at nourished kitchen shares a way to make a perpetual bone broth in the crock-pot so you can enjoy some every day! My method of choice is my electric pressure cooker which produces a perfect, gelatinous bone broth in just 1 hour flat! I found this method first from the Food Renegade. This is what I do- Ingredients: Chicken carcass and bones, saved from a cooked whole chicken Veggie peels and scraps (carrot peels, zucchini ends, onion peels, etc saved in a freezer bag from the week of cooking) Filtered water to the max fill line in my pressure cooker a splash of apple cider vinegar...