Grass Fed Beef Burgers on the Grill!

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Grass Fed Beef Burgers on the Grill!

I just love cooking on the grill during warm weather!  This is one of my favorite “go-to” meals.

Finding great grass fed beef, is getting easier here in Northwest Indiana … but this batch came from Tallgrass that I found at Welch’s Meat Market in St. John, Indiana.  The flavor was amazing.

  • 1 pound Tallgrass Grass Fed Ground Beef ($8 from Welch’s Meat Market)
  • Organic Portabello Mushroom Cap – seasoned with Turkish Spice Blend from Penzy’s Spice
  • Sea Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste

Serve with an assortment of your favorite condiments … organic lettuce, fresh organic tomato, onion, pickles and mustard are always on hand around this place.

TIP:  I generally grill twice the amount we need for serving dinner, and use leftovers on salads the following day.

There you have it!  Two meals for the work of one 🙂

 

Oh – and the side dish of sweet potatoes was super easy, too:

  • 1 Organic Yam ($2 from Produce Depot) – it was a giant!
  • 3 Strips  Sugar Free Pork Bacon
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon

Still hard to find (okay – it is impossible) in my region of Indiana, but US Wellness Meats sells great Sugar Free Pork Bacon.

Bye-Bye Non-Organic Bananas!

Organic Bananas

Organic Bananas

Going to the beach?  a Picnic or Camping?  or just looking for an easy delicious snack?  My latest find is ORGANIC BANANAS!

You might wonder …. why bother to buy organic bananas?  Especially if you’ve never heard anything about them being part of “the dirty dozen” – you know, the 12 fruits and vegetables with the highest pesticide residues as determined by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) each year.

However, according to the Made in Nature company,

  1. Conventional bananas are sprayed with synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides. … The workers on many conventional plantations are often exposed to these toxins. This leads to a host of health conditions including skin diseases and kidney failure.

  2. The toxins used to grow conventional bananas are not just on the outside. They leach into the soil where the fruit is grown. So even when it’s peeled, you’re still ingesting some of them.

  3. Ongoing studies have shown a connection between pesticides in foods and their nutrient content. You guessed it–organic foods rate higher.

… and they make my new favorite snacking food!  Hooray for Organic Bananas in a Bag!!!!

Pesticides – are they worth the risk?

The top three reasons I am against pesticides.

  1. I do not believe they have been proven to be safe.
  2. There ARE other “Organic” options  – and the ORGANIC items TASTE BETTER, too!
  3. Why risk it?
Organic Sweet Potatoes, "Pan Fried" in an iron skillet  with nitrite free bacon grease

Organic Sweet Potatoes, “Pan Fried” in an iron skillet with nitrite free bacon grease

Something about my previous food choices was not allowing the nutrients in the foods I ate to feed and nourish my body.  I am certainly no chemist, but I AM an expert in knowing my self.  I know I ate less than many other “normally weighted” friends and family.  I know I could not lose weight even by eating less and exercising more.

It’s interesting – and worth some investigation – to know that when I gave up all the chemical-laden foods in my previous diet, I began to lose my excess weight, and I began to FEEL nourished.

I recently began following the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) to learn more about this.  They recently posted an article regarding pesticides commonly found on US Produce, that the European Food regulators have questioned.  You may also want to look at The Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s  annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides.

According to their research, some of the food items where the pesticide was detected most often are:

  • Broccoli (60 percent)
  • Cauliflower (59 percent)
  • Grapes (51 percent)
  • Spinach (48 percent)
  • Lettuce (34 percent)
  • Potatoes (33 percent)
  • Sweet bell peppers (32 percent)
  • Cherry tomatoes (21 percent)
  • Apples (20 percent)

The decision by Europe’s top food safety agency to call for new restrictions on two pesticides common on conventionally-grown U.S. produce because they “may affect the developing human nervous system” in young children underscores the danger of reliance on pesticides.  I encourage you to read more, and – of course – to buy organic items whenever you can.

Or – you can ignore this – but …. REALLY, Is it worth the risk?

It’s Small Business Saturday, today!

It’s Small Business Saturday, today!  According to wikipedia, Small Business Saturday was first observed on November 27, 2010.   I fully support the movement to raise awareness that we DO vote with our dollars every time we make a purchase.  If you want your local retailers to STAY IN BUSINESS – it is up to you and me to shop there.  So, I believe in shopping local whenever possible.

Organic Pomegranate

Organic Pomegranate

Did I venture up to the very busy shopping mall today?  No.  I visited my very favorite locally owned and operated Produce Depot in St. John, IN.   I bought ALL ORGANIC  fruits and veggies:  strawberries, pomegranats, date rolls, green peppers, arugula salad, grape tomatoes, broccoli, spaghetti squash, red onion and garlic.  No other retailer around here takes the time to stock as many fresh organic items, and I (for one) greatly appreciate them.  I am ready to cook for the week!

DaBecca

Oh!   While not organic, I also purchased  DaBecca Roast Beef – a local company (based in Chicago) that produces incredibly delicious lunchmeat without nitrites, hormones or antibiotics.  Check out the nutrition label on this product!  This lunchmeat tastes fabulous and is “whole 30 compliant”!

Shop Local, folks!