Grass-fed Beef = Tasty Burgers, Steaks & More!
Grass-fed beef is awesome and delicious! Why?
Grass-fed cattle are fed on grass and only grass for their whole lives, which ensures the beef is a lean, healthy protein that’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids (aka the “good” fats) and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Plus the cattle are never given any growth hormones or antibiotics, never fed grain, are treated humanely, and have access to open pastures their entire lives. Grass-fed beef is a delicious and beneficial meat I’ll be eating more of!
Teton Waters Ranch is one company that sells grass-fed beef. Their 4,000-acre ranch is located in the idyllic Teton Valley which is in close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole. The cattle live on this high-plains ranch where they’re freely allowed to eat nutritious grasses, drink and behave naturally.
We’ve made burgers twice now with this tasty beef, and yes those are homemade oven-baked fries. Simply season the beef with sea salt and cracked pepper, then form patties, and grill ‘em up*. I like mine with muenster cheese on top over a bed of organic spinach. Y-U-M! The burgers are juicy and have a richer flavor than traditional grain-fed burgers. Oh and we mad a tasty steak too with cheesy scalloped potatoes. Treat yourself to some superb grass-fed beef from Teton Waters Ranch today!
*Note: Because grass-fed beef is leaner, the cooking time is quicker than its grain-fed counterparts so don’t overcook it.
What are your favorite recipes using grass-fed beef? Let me know in the comments below!
Gluten-free Southwestern Chicken Bake (Recipe)
This dish is one of my boyfriend’s favorites, so I made it for him last night! This time I added a layer of crushed tortilla chips and cheese on top, which added an tasty layer of crunchiness.
*Adapted from SouthernFood.About.com
- 2 cups cooked white rice
- 1 1/2 cups chopped/ diced cooked chicken
- 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained, rinsed
- 1 can (11 to 15 ounces) Mexican-style corn, drained
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, slightly drained
- 1 teaspoon dried cilantro leaves or 1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground red or chipotle pepper, to taste
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour (I use Bob’s Red Mill) OR all-purpose unbleached flour
- 1 cup milk (I use organic 2%)
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 to 1 cup crushed tortilla chips (I use the organic ones from Costco)
- 1/2 to 1 cup Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and ensure rack is in middle of oven.
2. Spray a 2-quart glass casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
3. In a large bowl, thoroughly mix rice, chicken, beans, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, cumin, garlic powder, oregano, chili powder, and hot pepper.
4. In a small pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Stir in flour until mixed and bubbly. Gradually stir in milk, chicken broth, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly.
5. Stir the flour butter mixture into the chicken rice mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt, pepper, and other seasoning as desired (I add more of everything except salt!).
6. Pour mixture into casserole dish, sprinkle top with layer of crushed tortilla chips, then top chips with cheese.
7. Put in oven, and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly.
7. Serve with tortilla chips, sour cream, fresh tomatoes, and/or chopped green onions if you’d like.
Think Thin Gluten-Free White Chocolate Nut Bar
One of my favorite snacks (especially pre-exercise) are Think Thin gluten-free nut bars. They come in a variety of flavors including White Chocolate Dipped Mixed Nuts. They are low sugar, have a good amount of protein (usually 10g per bar), and some fiber. The White Chocolate flavor is part of their Crunch line, so it’s crunchy (of course), sweet and moist. The white chocolate is the perfect complement to the nuts, and is very satisfying as a snack. I usually eat mine with a piece of fruit as a mid-afternoon snack.
They also make a line of High Protein gluten-free bars which I love, especially the Creamy Peanut Butter flavor (20 g of protein, 0 g sugar). So, if you’re looking for a tasty gluten-free bar, try a Think Thin gluten-free bar asap!