Where to Find Bone Broth in Portland

bone broth Bone broth is soup broth made from bones cooked in water at a very low temperature for a long time (12-72 hours). The slow cooking time brings out all of the minerals from the bone and marrow creating a nourishing food that strengthens your immune system and builds your “Blood” and “Kidney Jing” in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

If you want to make beef bone broth at home, I would recommend getting a mix of knuckle bones ($2.99/ lb. at New Seasons) and center cut femur bones (3.89/ lb. at New Seasons). For a good overall description of bone broth with recipes, visit this blog at Nourished Kitchen.

As the cold and flu season is upon us, I did some research to find the easiest way to get your hands on prepared bone broth in Portland. Here is what I found: Continue reading

Hearty Winter Adzuki Bean Recipe

This Hearty Winter Adzuki Bean recipe is very popular with patients of Blossom Clinic.

This Hearty Winter Adzuki Bean recipe is very popular with patients of Blossom Clinic and super easy to make!

One great way to get extra protein in your diet is to make a big pot of beans on the weekend and stretch it out through multiple meals. For instance, you can use them in salads for lunch, tacos for dinner one night and soup the next. Here is my very simple recipe for Hearty Winter Adzuki Beans.

At my local grocery store there are 20 varieties of beans in the bulk section. Have you ever heard of Adzuki beans? In Chinese Medicine, these easily digestible beans are great for strengthening the Qi, Yin and Blood. They are also very high in minerals and vitamins such as antioxidants, potassium, B vitamins, fiber, iron and zinc! I am including a very simple recipe here so that you can see how easy it is to cook these beans. I am making these tonight along with some ground meat for burritos. Continue reading

Kid Friendly Smoothie- Leo Approved!


smoothieMy 7-year-old son, Leo, is a selective eater and would subsist only on “ham on baguette” if we let him. I am kind of crazy about protein so I am constantly trying to find ways to get more of it in his body. For the last six months I have made smoothie after smoothie that has been rejected by him… until… I let go of my fix with protein and decided to focus on some other nutrients that he hasn’t been getting in his diet. And this is how this Kid Friendly Smoothie came to life. There are a lot of ingredients in this smoothie but if you have them all on hand it is super easy. The frozen bananas are a key ingredient so be sure to freeze them ahead of time. My recommendation is to start with the lower range of the ingredients and then increase to the higher range after approval. Continue reading

Tonifying Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Adzuki Beans and Shiitakes

You probably have learned by now that I LOVE adzuki beans. I have talked about them in other blog posts and I include a simple recipe for adzuki beans in the Nourishing Fertility e-book. I asked Abby Fammartino for her favorite Adzuki bean recipe and she supplied us with this hearty and nurturing beauty.  I hope you enjoy! -Liz

Tonifying Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Adzuki Beans and Shiitakes

Yield: 8 servings

aduki bean recipe Spaghetti squash is chock full of vitamins and minerals, especially carotenes. Adzuki beans are tonifying to the body, and act as an edible remedy for water retention. Though this recipe may seem daunting with various steps, it is well worth it! A satisfying, warming fall or winter dish that will surely make leftovers. Once you make it once, you will get in the flow of timing the soaking of beans and nuts – remember it always saves time to set up your ingredients before you start! Happy Cooking, Chef Abby Fammartino

Pair this meal with a side salad for a completely satisfying vegetarian meal. Continue reading

Honey Lemon Thyme Sparkler Mocktail

Fertility friendly drink

Fresh thyme combines with lemon and honey in this refreshing, not too sweet sparkling drink. So light and festive everyone will want one!

In my e-book, Nourishing Fertility: An A to Z Guide, I talk about the concept of “bumping-out” foods like coffee and alcohol to optimize fertility. I wanted to provide you with some alternatives since I am all about nurturance and not deprivation.

I asked my friend, Robyn, of Real Food Whole Life, to craft a fertility friendly mocktail and she came up with this delicious Honey Lemon Thyme Sparkler. She is so brilliant! For more recipes like this, you can sign up in advance for the book by filling out the form at the bottom of this blog post. Enjoy!! Continue reading