Grass-fed beef can be a healthier option than eating meat from grain-fed cows. If you’re a beef lover, there are some yummy recipes to enjoy your protein of choice.
About Grass-Fed Beef
First of all, your grass-fed meat product will have overall less fat than “regular” beef. It also contains conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), antioxidants, and the long-chain omega-3 fats. Omega-3 levels in grass-fed beef are about 50 % higher than in grain-fed beef.
Four ounces of grass-fed top sirloin renders approximately 65 milligrams of omega-3s. It sounds impressive until you compare it to the same size portion of king salmon, which boasts almost 1,300 milligrams.
With that said, we know beef lovers want their meat. So, if you must eat beef, try to make it grass-fed—and only one time per week. Just because it’s better for you than grain-fed, doesn’t mean you should over-consume or keep it as a main staple.
Here are a few of our favorite grass-fed beef recipes:
Grass-Fed Beef-Veggie Stir Fry
1 pound grass-fed beef
2 yellow onions
4 medium zucchini
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
pinch of dried oregano
½ teaspoon cumin
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon sea salt
Heat oil in a skillet, slice onions and place in pan. Use a spiralizer or a peeler to make zucchini look like pasta noodles. Add them to the pan. Add the beef and the spices, stirring and browning the meat. In under 10 minutes, you will have a healthy, delicious, grass-fed beef stir-fry ready for the family.
Grass-Fed Beef Classic Meatloaf
2 pounds grass-fed ground beef
¾ cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs (or for non-bread options–2 cups of rolled oats, or ¾ corn cereal crumbs)
1 teaspoon. sea salt
½ teaspoon. black pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¾ cup salsa (red, green, mild or spicy)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl, mixing thoroughly. If mixture seems too dry, add more salsa to increase moisture. Place mixture into loaf pan.
Bake for approximately 90 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees. Let the loaf cool for about 20 minutes before cutting and serving your go-to comfort food meatloaf.
Grass-Fed Beef Taco Salad
2-3 cups shredded romaine lettuce
1/4 cup red onion, diced
3 green onions, chopped
8 oz. ground beef
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/8 tsp dried oregano
1/8 tsp paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste
Cook meat and seasonings in a skillet over medium heat under nicely browned. Place all salad ingredients in large bowl. Strain fat from beef in the pan and then pour into the salad, tossing all ingredients together.
You can top the salad with salsa, or add an avocado dressing, recipe courtesy of PaleoGrubs.com
1/2 avocado, pit removed
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh cilantro, chopped
1 tbsp water
Pinch of salt
To make the dressing, mix the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Add more water if necessary to reach desired consistency, and taste for seasoning. Top your grass-fed beef taco salad with the creamy, nutritious and delicious dressing.
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