Rich and delicious, a properly made bone broth is packed with nutrition and flavor. This winter I’ve been using a fantastic addition to supercharge the nutritional value of our stock so that it has even more immune boosting power than a regular broth, and I’ve never seen anyone share about this great ingredient!
It’s an ingredient that is so inexpensive, so easy to add – no prepping – and so effective, that you’re going to want to add this to your pantry right away! What is it? Astragalus root. Are you scratching your head?
Astragalus has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for generations and is a real food that builds immunity. It looks kind of like a small wooden tongue depressor when you buy the slices. You can find it at your local health food store or buy it online (I got mine here - scroll down page to see it). In the pound of astragalus root slices that I bought for $10 there are probably a couple hundred slices.
To use it, you simply pop a few slices into your pot along with the onions, garlic, and any other vegetables you’re adding to your stock. Since it’s a woody root and doesn’t become soft and delicious with cooking, you’ll simply remove it along with the bones before you serve it. So simple!
Since I use our bone broths as the basis for any stew or soup I make, cook grains with it, and drink it, it’s a foundation of my cooking. Using astragalus is an easy way to supercharge your broth to help keep you healthy this winter!
(This post is part of Real Food Wednesdays.)