Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Where's the Beef?

Yep, I’m truly a product of the 80’s.  Remember those commercials where the tag line was, “Where’s the beef?”  I find myself asking the same question now days.  Not because I want a Wendy’s burger, but rather, real honest to goodness 100% grass fed beef.  Most beef you find in stores, is not 100% grass fed, rather the cows are given mostly grain feed.  What I’ve learned is that grain fed beef isn’t the best for us.
You probably think, I’ve lost my mind and why in the world am I talking about beef???  Simply, because I’ve gotten a lot of questions about it.  I’m no expert or a cattle rancher, but I’m a supporter of health and want what’s best for people.
Have you heard the phrase, “You are what you eat?”  It keeps ringing in my ears as I’ve been making changes to the way I eat.  I’ve also learned that 80% of your immune system is located along the digestive track.  I’m no doctor or health expert but you have to think that the healthier you eat the healthier you will feel, and the more junk you eat, it will lead you to feeling sick and unhealthy.  This goes for the beef we eat too.  Cows were created to eat grass not grain.  Why then, is it so hard to find 100% grass fed beef?   Because grain-fed cows are easier to bulk up when they eat grain and it’s all about money and time!   So, why eat 100% grass fed?  There are lots of reasons.   For me, grain-fed cows are fed soy, corn and other byproduct feed, which I cannot have.
Here are a few things I’ve learned…
One…100% grass fed beef is better for you than organic beef. Beef that is organic can come from cows that were still grain fed.
Two…Look for “100% grass fed” on the package. Packages might say “grass fed,” but that also means they might have eaten grain too. It must say 100% grass fed!
Three…My husband needs to become a hunter! Any animals living in the wild are eating as they were created to…100% grass fed!
Four…Unfortunately, 100% grass fed meats are harder to find. But as demand becomes greater, we will see it offered more.
Five…A cast iron skillet can cook a steak just as well as a grill.
Where do I get my 100% grass fed meat?
Natural Grocer
Whole Foods…I don’t tend to shop here, but they do carry it.
Costco…They had a specialty company (Teton Water Ranch) selling different types of Bratwurst. Teton Water Ranch is a ranch based out of Idaho with a warehouse in Denver, CO.  If you go to their downtown shop, they sell their meat for cheaper than in the stores.
How can I afford it?
It’s a bummer that good meat is more expensive than others. But, I have a few tips…
1. When it’s on sale, stock up! If you have big freezer, that makes it easier!
2. Because, I’m eating by the Paleo diet, my food budget has gone down. Yes, meats are more expensive, but I’m not buying any processed foods, so that money can go towards meats.
3. A typical serving of meat should only be as big as your palm…3-4 oz. If I go out to dinner, I get an 8 oz steak and save half for lunch the next day.
One of my favorite lunches to make is with a nice piece of steak!
Paleo Fajita Steak and Peppers
Recipe 2 servings
8oz Sirlion steak
Celtic Salt and Pepper (seasoning for steak)
2 Bell Pepper, sliced (whatever colors you have…red, green, orange, or yellow)
1/2 Red Onion, sliced
2 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tsp. Fajita Seasoning found here.
Season the steak with Celtic salt and pepper. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add coconut oil to pan. Place veggies on one side of the skillet and the steak on the other side to cook. Cook steak 2-3 minutes on each side (I like mine medium). Continue to stir veggies as they cook.  Sprinkle fajita seasoning over veggies and serve.
I like to serve it with a side of guacamole and sweet potato chips.

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