How to Eat Healthy With a Busy Schedule
Every week I try to either roast a whole chicken or poach it in my instant pot. It saves me so much time to just have it in the Instant Pot to cook while I get on with the rest of my chores.
I simply love drinking the broth on its own even without the chicken. The broth on its own is really soothing and comforting to the tum especially in cold weather like Ireland.
Between the studying, working and the school runs, my instant pot really helps me to keep on top of my day. I usually put everything in the pot right after breakfast and by lunchtime, we have a deliciously comforting broth.
At lunchtime, I will usually add some spinach and grated carrots if I want a low-carb meal. Sometimes, If I feel like it, then I boil some rice vermicelli noodles takes (5 minutes) or brown rice noodles and add to my selection of veggies.
I place the vegetables in individual bowls then add the hot broth and slices of chicken. I don’t cook the carrots and green beans because I like the raw texture but you can also add it to the pot just 5 minutes before serving and that will do the cooking for you.
If you have to leave the house for work in the morning, you can set it to cook on the slow cooking method or set it to cook first thing when you wake up. By the time you’re dressed and have the family ready to leave, it should be ready. When you come back from work you know you only have to spend another 10 minutes before you put dinner on the table.
These are simple ways to make sure that we stay on top of eating healthy and nutritious meals during the week. And my number one tip is to stick to the plan. But before that, you have to create a plan. It really doesn’t have to be difficult. If you need help to create a plan for you and your family, send me an email.
Benefits of Chicken Bone Broth
I’ve already shared what I do with the bones, here and here, but I’ll say it again and it only applies if you’re using an organic grass-fed chicken. Never throw the chicken bones! Put it back in the pot with some celery carrots, bay leaves, ginger or any other aromatics you like, to make another batch of broth or chicken stock.
Drink the broth or use it to cook your rice, dhal or add to soups and you there you have a chemical free chicken stock that is so nutritious and you save money too. Use everything. Bone broth has been used for gut healing purposes for a long long time. But as many things, it disappeared for a while but thankfully it’s coming back again. Remember when your doctor prescribed you chicken soup?
Bone broth is a great place to find all of the valuable amino acids, collagen, gelatin and trace minerals. In fact, there are dozens of different nutrients found in bone broth, many of which can’t be obtained easily from other commonly eaten foods. That’s partly why there are so many incredible bone broth benefits.
By regularly drinking bone broth or using it in recipes, you can help promote healthy gut integrity while reducing permeability and inflammation.
Here are the six bone broth benefits.
- Supports the Immune System
- Good for the Gut
- Maintain Healthy Skin
- Reduce Inflammation
- Supports Bone Health
- Helps the Detoxification Process
Benefits Of Ginger
Added to the broth is one of my favourite ingredient, ginger. Ginger is like lemon and garlic in my kitchen, I have to have these in my shopping bag every single week. I use ginger in all my savoury meals and sometimes in my sugar-free energy bars like this one.
I even add it to my warm water with a slice of lemon during the day.
So why do I use ginger so much? Firstly, because I like the flavour and smell, but most importantly because of the health benefits.
Ginger has anti-inflammatory benefits that can support your health in a very simple and tasty way. In a world where we are bombarded with toxins from pesticides, additives made from petroleum and weed killers in our food. How do you not expect the inflammation level to rise? Read more here .
Panick not though because we can bring it down, by some eating and lifestyle changes. That’s what people like me are here for. Contact me here if you need any help.
Benefits OF Clove
Used often in Ayurvedic medicine, cloves are anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic and analgesic. They’re packed with antioxidants and are good sources of minerals (especially manganese), omega-3 fatty acids, fibre and vitamins.
- Improves digestion
- Reduce Inflammation
- Temporarily relief Tooth Aches
- Relieve Upper Respiratory Infections
If you haven’t yet, try my lemongrass and ginger Chicken Broth. You will surely fall in love with it. Hope you enjoy it and don’t forget to tag everydaycookingwithmira on social media for me to see your version of the recipe.
- 1 whole chicken 1.5 kg
- 6-10 whole cloves
- 4 inches size of ginger
- 1 small cinnamon stick (optional)
- Salt to taste
- Black Pepper to taste
- 2 litres of water
- Place the chicken in the Instant Pot
- Add the rest of the ingredients and select soup method on the Instant Pot. Or set manual for 2 hours approximately. (time depends on the size of the chicken)
- After 2 hours, release the pressure valve before opening the lid.
- Check if the chicken is cooked properly or set to cook until it's cooked.
- Serving suggestion: serve with some cooked brown rice noodles, grated carrots, green beans and pak choi.