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Grass Fed Beef Stew

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

I was on a walk through the meadow pasture yesterday and noticed that the rye grass is already coming up. That was fast! I guess three inches of rain works miracles.

As we enjoy really cool mornings and evenings, I begin making soups, chili, and stews. Some of our customers do not order stew meat and some do. The ones who do usually struggle with how many pounds to request. It really depends on how often you want to make stew. Generally customers decide to ask for 6-8 pounds.

I wanted to post a beef stew recipe today that I use. It is grain and starch free, which many of our customers try to minimize in their diets. If you are not one of them, then feel free to add potatoes.

Grass Fed Beef Stew

2 lbs grass fed beef stew meat
2 lbs carrots, coarsely chopped
2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
4 cloves of garlic, pressed
2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 tsp thyme
1 lb green peas, frozen

Make sure that the stew meat is cut into bite sized pieces. In a large pot, brown the stew in a little olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, onions, garlic, and seasonings. Stir. Then add water to just cover the vegetables. Bring to a boil and then lower the heat to simmer. Cover with the lid slightly ajar. Cook at least three hours. Add the frozen peas 15-20 minutes before you want to serve the stew.

Enjoy with grain free biscuits.

Grass Fed Beef Cutlet Recipe

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

As I help customers fill out his/her processing form for our grass fed beef, a very common question arises: “What are cutlets and what do you do with them?” Cutlets are thin-cuts of meat usually taken from the leg section. The processing plant tenderizes them. The cuts are about the size of the palm of my hand, if not a tad larger.

I like to use cutlets to make a version of a Southern favorite, chicken-fried steak. Since many people choose to purchase grass fed beef for healthy diet reasons, many customers eat few grains, if any. Diets like the Paleo Diet, GAPS, and/or Specific Carbohydrate Diet rely on grass fed meats, but no grains. Therefore, here is a delicious grain-free version of chicken-fried steak with gravy.

Since I cook for a small army daily and most people do not, I am cutting back my recipe to make it more standard. This recipe is written for 4 servings.

Breaded Beef Cutlets
1 pkg grass fed beef cutlets
1 clove garlic
2 eggs
1 cup blanched almond flour
salt and pepper to taste

Thaw out the cutlets and place in a plastic zip-closed bag. In a small bowl, beat the eggs and stir in one pressed garlic clove. Pour over the cutlets, seal bag, and refrigerate for six hours or overnight. This step allows the garlic to infuse the beef as well as let the eggs completely coat the cutlets.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking dish with olive oil. In a shallow dish like a pie plate, combine the almond flour with the seasonings. Dredge each cutlet in the flour mixture making sure that it is completely covered with the breading.

Place each breaded cutlet on the greased baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until done.

Flourless Gravy
1 cup of broth (beef, chicken, pork)
1/2 white onion

Before you start breading the cutlets, bring broth and onion to a gentle boil. Allow it to cook just above a simmer. When the cutlets are almost done, puree the onion with a handheld blender. Season with salt and pepper to your liking. The onion thickens the broth nicely without need for any flour. Serve on top of breaded cutlet.

I hope you enjoy this much healthier version of chicken-fried steak with grass fed cutlets. It is a grain-free recipe that is sure to make your family happy.

Benefits of Grass Fed Beef in Your Diet

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

I have spent a lot of time telling you about the benefits of eating grass fed beef compared to the beef readily available in your local supermarket. Comparing grain fed beef to grass fed beef is something that interests me in my line of work as well as a mother of five children. I try my hardest to feed my family in a healthy manner, and beef for the most part gets a bad rap in health news. In my opinion, the two products are really two different things.

I don’t want to compare the two in this article. I have already done it several times, including on our website. To look at that information again, please click here. What I have not done is just tell you the benefits that grass fed beef can offer your family.

I was reading an article by Scott Morefield on Natural News entitled, “Four Great Reasons to Eat Organic, Grass Fed Beef.” In his article, Mr. Morefield reminded me that beef has health benefits in and of itself. He created a short list of four reasons to consume grass fed beef.

Since the T-Factor Diet in the late 90s became popular, people have become obsessed with grams of fat. Food companies responded by making many products fat-free. However, fat is necessary in our diets. Grass fed beef offers fat in a healthy ratio of Omega 3 and Omega 6s.

A healthy diet is filled with rich sources of protein. Our bodies need essential amino acids to function properly. I know that I personally feel better throughout the day when I rely on different sources of protein instead of the sugar blues that I get when I eat starchy foods. Grass fed beef is a delicious way to add healthy fats into your daily regimen.

Not only is grass fed beef a great source of protein, but it is also full of necessary vitamins and minerals. Scott Morefield writes, “Beef is a one-stop-shop, a rich source of B vitamins, zinc, iron, potassium, phosphorus, selenium, magnesium, etc.”

Grass fed beef can be a part of a healthy diet. The GAPS diet, Primal diet, and Paleo diets all promote grass fed meats, including beef. This delicious red meat has many benefits on its own, but compared to your alternative in the stores is much better for you.

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