A few years ago I had fava beans for the first time. Where were they all my life! How did I never notice them before? These little green beans of love and deliciousness are now something I look forward to every spring thanks to Door To Door Organics.
Fava beans are a Mediterranean legume mostly associated with Italian cuisine. Also known as Broad Beans and Yellow Split Peas, they are filled with vitamins, minerals and amino acids, arguably making them one of the world’s more perfect protein rich foods. Because of this, they are an excellent choice for meatless dishes.
When deciding how much fava bean to prepare you will need to keep in mind that a lot makes a little. While the amount can vary, I used four pounds of pods which made around 2.25 cups of beans.
The beans have both a shell and a pod. While young beans are sweet and can be eaten raw with the shell, the mature beans require a little effort to prepare to avoid the mature leathery shell.
Each pod has a seam which can be peeled down and then opened to reveal the fuzzy interior and beans inside. The beans are then removed and added to salted boiling water for up to 2 minutes. (Note: the water may turn a yellow-greenish-black color.)
Rinse well with cold water. When the beans have been rinse well and are cool to the touch, you can then peel off the shells.
They are now prepared in the French tradition and ready for a variety of dishes.
If you are fortunate to be able to find young beans, you can follow basically the same steps but there is no need to remove the shell before eating.
Take a look at my Fava Bean Pinterest board for some inspiration.
Just before Easter the whole family came down with a yucky cold. It was one of those colds where no one even wanted to look at food. Bone stocks, water, and crackers were our main food groups for a few days. Then I made Golden Milk.
All it takes is a few ingredients gently heated and then experienced. It is rich and lush and tastes like it should cost a million dollars. There are many different variations using milks or teas as your base, (which determines if you are making golden milk or tumeric tea), and I will give you suggestions to modify it to make it your favorite drink ever.
Golden Milk and Turmeric Tea Ingredients:
I find that you can often double the amount of liquid and still enjoy a delicious cup. I highly suggest using coconut milk. I find that the character of the beverage is lost without it. If all you can add is a teaspoon per cup, do it.
For two days we sipped on Golden Milk and wondered why we wait to be sick to enjoy it. The story ends well, we were all better by Easter.
Have you ever wondered why chicken soup is the go-to food when not feeling well? Bone broth is becoming a well-known food for supporting health. I have personally used bone broth to help my family through illness, allergies, and autoimmune health issues. Usually within 30 minutes of consuming we feel “strengthened”. It is not a magic pill but it does have a place in a natural based health arsenal. For resources on the science behind bone broth’s effectiveness as well as more bone broth recipes, see the links at the bottom of this post.
Let’s begin with the difference between stock and broth. Broth uses vegetables and meat while stock uses bones with or without meat. Technically, this makes bone broth really a bone stock. While stocks are normally made from cow and chicken, you can use the bones of any food animal. But, for the purpose of this post, we will be using beef bones. Your bones can be raw or precooked such as a roasted chicken’s bones. When possible, pasture raised, organic, hormone and antibiotic free animal bones should be used because along with the nutrients you will also pull out the nasty stuff from the bones.
For beef stock start with about 7-8 lbs of beef bone. You want lots of cartilage. If you have a severe MSG sensitivity you may want to use more meat and less bone and you will only want to cook it for a short time. This is because the bones will release glutamine. Our bodies need glutamine but in some people who have sensitivities to MSG, glutamine can also cause problems. I was not able to have any MSG but I have had no problems with the natural forms of glutamine from consuming bone broth. If you have any concerns at all, please use caution and do not make bone broth at least until you have studied it further. You may also want to read ** Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World.
Rinse your bones well. Next you can begin by roasting your bones for half an hour in a 400F degree oven. I’ve done this and love the flavor. You can skip this step if you’d like to. Then, cover the bones with about 4 quarts of filtered water and add a tablespoon of raw organic apple cider vinegar and let it sit for about half an hour. I use **Bragg’s Organic Raw Apple Cider Vinegar but most any vinegar will work.
During the 30 minute rest, rough chop carrots, celery, onion and garlic. You can use the green tops as well. Any vegetable you like can be added.
In a stove top pot or crock pot, place all the vegetables, bones, and the water they were soaking in. Let them cook, covered, below a boil for as long as you’d like but at least 6 hours. I will often fill and set my crock pot to low or medium over night and all through the next day. Occasionally open the lid to skim the scum off the top.
When you are ready, use tongs to remove the neat and bones. Use a strainer lined with cheese cloth and pour the stock and veggies through.
This is what mine looked like after the strainer without using cheesecloth.
You may notice a slick feel to your stock from the gelatin that naturally occurs in the bones. This is good. 🙂
You can freeze your stock or use it immediately. But wait until you are ready to warm it up on the stove top and consume it to add herbs and salt. Use a quality mineral rich salt such as **Himalayan Pink Salt or **Celtic Sea Salt.
Pour yourself a bowl or mug and enjoy! Making quality bone broth is that simple!
For more information on healing foods and bone broth I recommend **Nourishing Traditions.
Imagine for a moment that you are making a quilt. You are collecting scraps of fabric in all different colors; these scraps represent the different areas of our lives. Perhaps they represent; home, work, housekeeping, friendships, hobbies, and so on.
As you lay out all the pieces you see how some pieces work together and others don’t exactly fit the color scheme. You search and search for the right materials but nothing is working. Sadly, many of us are in this exact predicament with an area of our lives.
Our relationship with God should be the thread that runs through every quilt square of our lives. It holds the pieces together but is also such a unique color that it actually makes all the parts work together and creates harmony. Now, and only now, can the quilt be used for its intended purpose.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if our children had that thread from the start?
Because of this I know we should not be complacent as homeschoolers/parents/families who just also happen to be Christians. As Christians, we are fulfilling one of our responsibilities in the kingdom, by raising, training and educating our children in God’s Word. We also know we have a jealous God. He wants our time, attention and devotion. He wants to be the center of our lives.
Part of training our children is to encourage the growth of a personal relationship between our children and God. This doesn’t mean that we do not need to teach math or language-not by any means at all. What I am talking about is facilitating a relationship with our Savior and creating a Biblical world-view foundation.
Think about it. When we create a building we first need to create a foundation. The smaller the foundation, the smaller the building. I would struggle to find a parent who would say they are satisfied knowing they provided an environment only capable of producing small foundations.
I believe the greatest way we can facilitate our children’s foundation building is by spending quality time with them. Engage in meaningful discussions, even with very young children. Bring our conversations and questions to their level. Encourage them to think before answering. Play games, read aloud, and do chores together. Earn their trust in the little things and you will see them grow to trust you with the larger things. Let them see that you have struggles too and let them see how you turn to God for the answers because what they see you do will impact them either by how your actions do or do not line up with you words. It isn’t about being “perfect” but about showing them how to lean on the One Who is perfect in all His ways.
Some of my sweetest memories are of Valentine’s Day with my family. For many of us it is a day filled with roses and chocolate, and there is nothing wrong with that. I love getting roses and being spoiled as much as the next lady does. But the memories that stick out the most are being given paper roses, being served a bowl of cereal in bed by my little one, my oldest cooking dinner for the family, spending the whole day doing whatever my boys wanted, making something special that I knew my boys wanted. These memories all have one thing in common; it was never about what we bought but about what we gave of ourselves. With that in mind I wanted to share with you my favorite Valentine’s Gift, a coupon.
Valentines Coupon – download 3 blank coupons (in PDF format) on one sheet.
Coupon Ideas: They aren’t just great for the children to give. Why not give them to the children or your spouse?
Any thing that would cause you to spend time together or remove a burden would be a great idea to use on the coupon. Be thoughtful and try to find something you are able to do that the person would really appreciate.
Above all, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to remember that One who gave His all for us (John 3:16, Romans 8:32).
Enjoy your V-day and be blessed loving on each other!