On the GAPS intro diet? Dress up your dinner with this easy, immune-boosting chicken gravy.
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Eat at your own risk.
If you take a look back through my other GAPS intro recipes, you’ll quickly notice that none of them are really limited to GAPS. In fact, my non-GAPS family regularly enjoys them, as well!
This easy chicken gravy on the other hand… not so much.
I’m sure y’all with think I’m crazy for telling you right off the bat that if you’re not doing the GAPS diet, or really into eating eeeeeverything on your plate, you probably won’t love this gravy. Not that it’s not good, it’s just sorta an acquired taste.
Out with the bad, in with the good.
You see, when you start the intro diet, you’re basically starving off all the bad bacteria in your system. And one of the things those bad bacteria contribute to are tricking your taste buds into thinking that they like these certain things a lot, and can’t stand other things.
Those bacteria are lying to you.
Before I started the GAPS intro diet, you would probably have to pay me to get me to eat the ingredients in this gravy. Why? Because I was convinced I didn’t like it!
But mid-GAPS intro, not only am I so hungry I could eat pretty much anything, the bad bacteria in my body are dead and gone, and the good ones are calling out for all the nutrients this crazy gravy contains!
The case for skin and guts.
Before entering the real food community, I considered offal meats pretty… well, awful. I cleaned out the insides of my chickens straight into the trash can and didn’t think twice about it. And even though my toddlers all gobble up the cartilage off the chicken bones, I never would have done it. But now is a different story.
If you’re in the same boat I used to be in, and organ meats, skins, and cartilage are simply not your idea of food, you might want to think twice. So before you totally disregard this gravy recipe as weird and gross, let me let you in on a few facts:
#1. Liver is one of the most nutrient dense foods we can find. Period. Sorry all you vegans, you can’t replace this one! Not only does liver contain quite a bit of high-quality protein, it also has easily absorbed iron, all the B vitamins (even large amounts of folic acid), vitamin A, trace elements and minerals, essential fatty acids, and the crazy-powerful antioxidant CoQ10.
#2. Kidney is also full of protein, iron, copper, zinc, selenium, B12 and folate!
#3. Cartilage, or bone gristle, contains the nutrients the bones have plus the nutrients found in the tendon. This makes it rich in collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate, plus other nutrients. Research has also proven that the collagen chicken cartilage contains can help seal the gut lining, therefore boosting the immune system!
If you’re still not convinced you should try this gravy, no hard feelings. 😉 I know it’s not for everyone! But please promise me you’ll at least throw all those guts in your pot the next time you make chicken broth or soup. You can always scoop them out at the end, if you don’t want to eat them, and you’ll still be getting some much-needed nutrients from them!
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Easy, Immune-Boosting Chicken Gravy
Free of grain, gluten, eggs, dairy, and sugar.
ATTN: Please do not make this with non-organic chicken!
Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender (I use the Blendtec).
Puree until smooth, adding more broth until desired consistency is reached.
Serve right away over boiled meat and veggies.
Store sealed in the fridge for a few days.
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