Oh its my faaaaaavorite time of year! Soup season!
Its seems that many families have their own running jokes that get brought up during the holidays, so here’s one of mine to share with you…
My cousin is notorious for sugar coating others to make them feel special. So one day he goes up to my aunt and says “sue sue, you’re my faaaaaavorite auntie” – she was flattered, of course, and went about her way feeling quite exceptional to be his favorite aunt.
A little later on he comes upon my mom and says “Mrs. Baker, did you know? You’re my faaaavorite auntie!” Well, she thought that was so sweet that she told my dad who, coincidentally, had already been told by sue sue that she was the cousin’s favorite auntie! So now he apparently had two favorite aunties. Caught in his scheme, the jig was up.
It’s a good thing this world is big enough for two faaaaaavorite aunties! I guess we can still keep him in the family.
Break out your slow cookers and sharpen your knives! Its time to warm up your home this winter with my fragrant Bone Broth and Navy Bean Soup. This is an excellent post-holiday dish that puts to use your ham bone as well as any miscellaneous vegetables that have been left over after your family feast. Feel free to add in additional root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, parsnips, or any others you have on hand! This is a very flexible recipe that can be altered to meet your needs and help clean out your kitchen.
Reboot your digestion and help keep your waist line in check with high fiber, nutrient dense, navy beans. Fuel your chilly winter training routine with this dish post workout for a savory blend of carbohydrates and protein. Meal prep the extra servings in seal tight tubber ware for lunches that are loaded with slow digesting carbohydrates, a little fat, and a satiating protein from the beans and bone broth.
Pack the heated soup in a vacuumed sealed thermos such as a Hydro Flask to keep your soup warm all day long for a hearty lunch. No microwave necessary!
These recipe is an easy go-to especially for those who want to try making their own bone broth! What are you waiting for?!
Done have a ham bone to create your own bone broth? Feel free to use store bought bone broth or prepared powdered bone broth for this recipe in place of the liquids. This way you can make the recipe year round as well!
Bone Broth and Navy Bean Soup
Add this hearty soup to your routine to warm you up and fuel your training regimen. Great as a slow cooker recipe or on the stove.
- 1 medium ham bone remove excess fat
- 1 16 oz package dried navy beans rinsed
- 1 quart chicken broth or vegetable
- 3 large carrots peeled and chopped
- 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes low sodium
- 1 medium onion chopped
- 2 stalks celery chopped
- 8 small yellow potatoes diced
- 3 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 leaf bay leaf
- 1/2 tsp black pepper ground
- 3 cups water
Combine all ingredients into a large slow cooker, stir until mixed. Add additional water as needed until all ingredients are covered.
Simmer on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 7-9 hours.
Once the beans are tender, then turn off the slow cooker or turn to the keep warm setting. Discard the bay leaf and ham bone. Serve warm. Bon Appetit!
- You can cook this dish in your large slow cooker or in a stock pot. To cook in a stock pot simply bring the ingredients to a boil over high heat then lower the heat, cover and simmer for two hours.
- Add additional water as needed after two hours, then simmer for an additional two hours. (total of 4 hours cook time).
- Don’t have a ham bone on hand? Feel free to use store bought bone broth or bone broth prepared powder for this recipe!