I’ll take a slow cooked chuck roast over a filet mignon any day!
In all beef, including grass fed beef, the toughest cuts offer the most flavorful dining experiences.
To me, the sirloin steak is the most flavorful of all the steaks. It has good rich fat and marbling, and is delicious, though it is not as tender as a New York Strip Steak, Rib Eye, or Filet Mignon.
Though not quite as tender as the steaks mentioned above, Sirloin Steaks are still tender enough to be enjoyable grilled plain, without the need for marinade. (Though they’re fabulous marinated too). Because they’re so yummy, and tender enough, the Sirloin is my preferred steak. As an added bonus, they are also much less expensive than the premium steaks, especially with our Spring 2011 Sirloin Steak Special.
I think that the Chuck Roast is the hands down, THE most flavorful cut of beef on the entire carcass, though one of the toughest. But when you slow cook a chuck roast (which takes almost NO effort), it becomes fork tender with exquisite, savory flavor, texture, and aroma.
I just wanted to counter that by saying that with a little bit of planning and preparation you can eat grass fed beef and organic produce, even on a tight budget. No, you won’t be grilling grass fed New York Strip Steaks, but with inexpensive cuts like our meaty grass fed beef Soup Bones, you can easily delight the whole family and feel good about the health benefits you’re providing.
Last week I made a pot of soup from one of our Shank Soup Bones, and one pound of our Ground Chuck (which isn’t necessary because our Soup Bones are so meaty, but we already had the Ground Chuck thawed), along with all organic; onions, garlic, celery, carrots, mushrooms (expensive shitake mushrooms - you can use the less expensive white button variety), kale, broccoli, and frozen peas. I of course also added some sea salt, pepper, rosemary, thyme, and celery seed. (Normally I would have added a little red wine but we didn’t have any on hand that day). And of course I used a few tablespoons of extra virgin, organic olive oil in which to sauté the vegetables.
I totaled up the cost of all the ingredients, including the retail price of our Soup Bones and Ground Chuck, and figured that the entire pot cost about $25.00 to make, and it yielded a full 15 man-sized servings. (We’re talking big man). That comes to $1.67 per serving for a filling, fulfilling, and delicious meal that provides all the nutrients you need for an active and busy lifestyle.
If you haven’t already you can access our recipe for healthy grass fed beef stock. And of course, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you know all about the innumerable health benefits of bone broth.
Even though winter is technically over in the Northern Hemisphere, it is currently snowing here as I write this so we are leaving our Winter Soup Bone Special in place for a few more weeks until it officially looks like Spring.
In trying to keep healthy eating as affordable as possible, we have extended our winter specials on grass fed beef for a few weeks. While it is technically Spring, it is snowing here as I write this, and still looks very much like winter. We’re still heavily into soups and roasts as warm, nurturing, and nourishing comfort food.
Take advantage of these specials while you still can. There’s nothing better in a spring snow storm than a slow cooked grass fed roast. You can still get our mega savings on the most flavorful cut of beef, our grass fed beef Chuck Roast special.
Speaking of the most flavorful cut of beef, the Chuck, you can get reap big savings on our introductory offer of Ground Chuck, to make the best burgers or add delicious flavor to you favorite ground beef dishes.
No matter what time of year it is, you always want to have plenty of homemade grass fed beef stock on hand for soups, stews, gravy, au jus, and all your favorite beef dishes, so take advantage of our Winter Soup Bone Special while it lasts.
We will keep these winter specials on grass fed beef going until it actually looks like Spring here, and there’s no telling when that will be so order now to be sure you get in on the savings.
Once again, their recommendations promote a vegetarian, low fat / bad fat agenda, the same drivel we’ve heard for decades, which has prompted the health crisis and obesity epidemic the U.S. is now facing.
The most dangerous of the guidelines is the one pushing an increase of the use of liquid vegetable oils like corn and soy, which are known to be detrimental to health. (Read more at the Weston A. Price Foundation web site).
Here is the exact recommendation from the guidelines:
- “Consume less than 10 percent of calories from saturated fatty acids by replacing them with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids.”
You can see the entire set of guidelines for yourself at the USDA link.
Here we have our tax dollars at work to keep America fat and sick, and it’s working!
Slow cooked grass fed beef Chuck Roast is my favorite cut of beef, hands down. I’ll take it over a Rib Eye or Filet Mignon any day. Truly, the flavor is unlike any other cut of beef.
While the Chuck is the most flavorful, it isn’t the most tender of cuts, and that is why it is best braised, or slow cooked. When you cook it that way it becomes fall off the bone, cut it with a spoon tender.
Prepare the roast in the morning before you go to work, let it cook at low heat all day, and come home to the tantalizing aroma of roast beef cooking. Click here to read about the 10 Minute Grass Fed Beef Solution: How to Feed a Hungry Family When You’re at Work All Day.
It’s January 7th, have you already broken a New Year’s resolution? Most people resolve to change behavior in some way, that they really don’t want to do, and so put it off until January then make a half hearted attempt to change, which usually ends in failure.
This year resolve to improve your health with enjoyable changes that are easy to implement, rather than depriving yourself of something you enjoy or forcing yourself to do something you don’t want to do.
Good Animal Protein
If you’re reading this blog, you probably already enjoy and know about the health benefits of eating grass fed beef. Well, it’s easy enough to eat more of it. That’s a no-brainer for improved health via maximum enjoyment, whether you prefer steaks, roasts, hamburger, jerky, beef sticks, or tamales and burritos.
The same holds true for the other high quality fats and proteins you love, like pastured poultry or wild caught Alaska salmon or halibut. Resolve to eat more of those foods in 2011 and reap the rewards of enjoyment and improved health.
Do you have any kind of vegetable oil in your pantry? Get rid of it now, and resolve to eat healthier fats. Throw away the corn, soy, or vegetable oil and replace it with olive oil, grass fed butter (preferably raw), coconut oil, grass fed beef tallow, or pastured lard. If you aren’t allergic to nuts, you might enjoy sweet almond oil as well, though it is expensive.
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to get more exercise, and that is a worthwhile objective. But don’t buy that gym membership just yet. Resolve to dance more! Put on your favorite rockers for a half hour to an hour a day and shake your sacrum. Dance is the archetypal expression of human joy. They go together, perhaps more dancing can bring about more joy!
If you sit at a computer for a substantial amount of time resolve to sit on a therapy ball rather than a chair. That way you continue moving throughout the day and exercise your core muscles while you’re working, and the body just feels better than it would have just sitting in a chair all day.
Resolve to count your blessings! It’s not hard, and the more you put your awareness on what you have in your life that’s good and enjoyable the more you will find goodness and enjoyment in your life.
Realistic and enjoyable resolutions can help improve your health, while enhancing your life. Best of all since you are enjoying yourself, they are easy to keep.
Happy New Year! May 2011 be your best year ever!
We’re pleased to be a part of the inaugural dinner of Colorado Governor elect, John Hickenlooper, in Denver on January 11th.
Last summer, I was standing in our booth at the Crested butte Farmers Market when then mayor and gubernatorial candidate, John Hickenlooper, walked up to the booth and introduced himself. Of course I recognized him right away and introduced myself. We talked for quite a while and I was impressed with his understanding of Colorado’s rural issues, and thoroughly enjoyed our conversation.
I fully appreciated the amount of time he spent talking to me, and told him that he already had my vote, and didn’t have to say anything to sway me in his favor. When we said our goodbyes he told me that if he won the election he would serve our beef at his inaugural dinner.
Well, he stayed true to his word, and today we are delivering 184 pounds of Diamond F Brand Beef Brisket to Denver for the dinner on the 11th.
Keeping it Colorado
In the interest of frugality, the Governor and Lieutenant Governor will not be having a fancy and expensive sit down dinner in a hotel ballroom. Instead, Colorado BBQ Beef Brisket and green chile mac & cheese will be featured in conjunction with Colorado beer (If you can imagine) at the Fillmore Auditorium. Leave the tuxes and evening gowns at home.
Tickets to the dinner are $100 each and after the costs for the dinner are paid, the remainder will go to selected charities.
I am really looking forward to this new governor’s administration. I think he was a great mayor of Denver, and think he will make a great governor.
This holiday season, rather than giving gifts made in China, give a healthy holiday gift that will be thoroughly enjoyed; high quality food.
Not only will you show how much you care, through a meaningful gift, you won’t have to go to the mall or the mind-numbing, vitality depleting mega discount store.
You can order grass fed beef and wild caught Alaska Salmon or Halibut online and have it shipped directly with a personalized gift card. Or you have the option to get your gift in the form of a gift certificate if you’re unsure of when the recipient can receive frozen products.
Get a great deal on a selection of our top end steaks, with our Holiday Grass Fed Steak Extravaganza containing 4 Filet Mignon, 4 New York Strip Steaks, 4 Rib Eye Steaks, and 4 Sirloin Steaks for the low price of $169.00. Of course members of Grass Fed and Healthy receive an even greater discount.
Another great special that makes an excellent healthy holiday gift for the people in your life with active lifestyles is our Grass Fed Beef Jerky and Beef Stick Holiday Special with 3 packages of Jerky and 3 packages of Beef Sticks for only $33.00. (Of course members receive further discounts).
Our grass fed beef Jerky and Beef Sticks are delicious and contain no added nitrates, nitrites, MSG, gluten, soy, or wheat. They’re perfect for hiking, biking, camping and any other outdoor activity, They’re also great for school lunches, mid-day snacks, or a quick and easy breakfast. You can’t find this kind of healthy convenience anywhere else. Kids can’t get enough of the Beef Sticks, and you can feel good about their preferred food choices. (How often does that happen)?
If you want to order a gift certificate for any of our products you can call our office at 719-852-2458. Our new business hours are 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday - Wednesday. If you call when the office is closed just leave a message with your name and number and we will call you Monday morning and you can get your certificate mailed out that day.
For Thanksgiving our daughter, Kelly, made the most fabulous Chipotle Sweet Potatoes. Mike raved about them on Facebook, and within hours several people had asked for the recipe.
I wish one of us could take credit for it, but truthfully this recipe came from the www.foodnetwork.com website.
Here is the recipe:
- 3 Medium sweet potatoes, peeled and slice 1/8 inch thick
- 2 Cups Heavy Cream
- 1 Heaping Tbs. Chipotle pepper puree
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Chile powder & Garlic powder to taste
Cover the potatoes and bake for 30 minutes at 350. Uncover and continue baking for about 45 minutes, or until the top is brown and bubbly.
We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Have a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season.
No chemical additives
Made with no MSG, nitrates, nitrites, gluten, HFCS, or soy, out grass fed beef Jerky and Beef Sticks provide a clean and healthy source of high quality protein, high in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid), and other important nutrients you need to stay healthy.
Substitute for any meal
Light, portable, and convenient they can carry you through any situation where you might not be able to have a regular meal. Too rushed for breakfast? Grab a Beef Stick and a piece of fruit on your way out the door. They’re a perfect after school snack for hungry kids, that they will love and you will feel good about giving them.
And that’s just in the day to day! For those of us who love to travel, recreate, exercise, and generally have fun, grass fed beef Jerky and Beef Sticks are a godsend!
Whether you’re camping, hiking, biking, rafting, boating, fishing, hunting, skiing, skating, horseback riding, swimming at the lake, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, or taking to the road on your motorcycle the next meal is always just a reach away.
When traveling, whether by car, bus, plane, train, or boat, you don’t have to go in search of good food when you’re in a hurry.
No matter what your chosen activity, you can rest assured that you always have access to high quality food that will keep your blood sugar stable, provide the calories and energy you need, along with a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids that are required for an active lifestyle. You can carry it in your pockets or your backpack.
Now you don’t have to sacrifice health for convenience
Jerky and Beef Sticks have always been a staple to the outdoor enthusiast, but almost all commercial jerky and beef sticks available on the market contain countless poisonous additive and unpronounceable ingredients. I would never eat it! It’s very rare to see jerky and beef sticks without all those chemicals additives, in fact I have never seen any other than ours.
Here is a list of just some of the activities that our grass fed beef Jerky and Beef Sticks are perfect for:
- Skiing (Nordic and Alpine)
- Snow shoeing
- School lunches
- Everyone’s lunches
- After school snack
- Conference snacks
The list goes on and on!
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