UPDATED WITH INSTANT POT & SLOW COOKER DIRECTIONS, AS WELL AS THE ORIGINAL STOVE TOP RECIPE!
You know what rocks? Legit broth. You know what doesn’t rock? Anything pretending to be legit broth.
The other day I was wandering the aisles at a local grocery store and stopped near the section of boxed broth. Curiosity got me and I grabbed a box of beef broth to read the ingredients. This only left me asking why companies add sugar and caramel coloring to their broth. I literally couldn’t find a box without it. Seriously, whyyy?
Whenever I was admitted to the hospital for my Crohn’s as a kid, I was immediately taken off of all solid food and placed on a clear liquid diet for weeks at a time. I was also placed on high doses of prednisone, which made me crazy starving. As a 12 year old, it was all completely confusing, as I couldn’t fully understand what was happening to me.
Even though I was on a clear liquid diet, I was still served “broth” three times a day, everydayyy. I couldn’t stand the sight or smell of broth for years after that. That broth, along with brightly colored Jello that I could bounce a knife off of, and tasteless tea were considered my “meals.” Yum, right?
I’m doubtful the broth I was served in the hospital could hardly be called broth at all, as I’m 99% positive it was just a bouillon cube that had dissolved in hot water. Ever checked the ingredients in bouillon cubes? If you haven’t, go Google that shiz and be prepared to get grossed out. MSG and mechanically separated chicken anyone? Mmmmm…
I was so hungry during those times that food consumed my thoughts, night and day. Feeling like you’re starving all the time and not being able to eat is not the most fun combination, and it made me obsessed with food. Literally OBSESSED. I also developed a strange fascination with hospital food, but we’ll talk about that another day 😉
When I wasn’t able to eat I would spend my days watching shows on Food Network, drooling over fast food commercials, writing lists and lists of all the food I wanted to eat, sculpting food out of clay, creating multiple drawings of all the meals I dreamt about, and creating recipes for all the food that I was going to make once I could eat again. See, I was obsessed! I’ve heard it’s quite common to watch food shows and create things that involve pretend food when you’re not able to eat. I have no idea why that is, but it’s pretty fascinating when you really think about it.
Going through the experience of not being able to eat for long periods at a time throughout my life has made me incredibly grateful that I’m now able to enjoy such healthy meals everyday. Not everyone gets that opportunity, and it’s easy to forget what a great blessing eating a meal really is.
I’ll be sharing more and more of my journey in each new blog post, and what led me to where I am today. I love reading other peoples stories and what makes them who they are, so I hope you enjoy reading mine!
With it looking more like winter in California this week, I’ve had nothing but this soup on my mind! I’ve already made it twice and it is deeeeelicious! It’s also a really awesome way to get healing bone broth in! I recently received a box of grass-fed beef and soup bones from Yellowstone Grassfed Beef, which is what I used to make this soup! Their beef is awesome and has such a great flavor. The best part is that they ship their delicious beef right to your doorstep, and their high standards are something to be incredibly proud of!
This loaded taco soup recipe is so easy and quick to make and it’s packed with flavor! Plus, it’s totally customizable, so everyone in your family can add the toppings of their choice. I used all of the toppings listed below in the ingredients, but feel free to use anything you’d like! I highly recommend using one of the dairy-free sour cream recipes from my eBook, along with a squeeze of fresh lime. SO GOOD!
Enjoy this easy recipe for my loaded taco soup!
Happy cooking, and most importantly, happy eating!
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