We’ve started buying 100% grass-fed beef.
Thought I’d try out that new grass-fed beef with the meatloaf recipe and see how it did.
If we’re going to eat meat, we want to do it the way nature intended. And cows were meant to eat grass (forages). It’s much more expensive than regular beef, but we consider it an investment in our health. It isn’t full of hormones, antibiotics and isn’t fed any animal by-products. (After reading Fast Food Nation, I don’t think I can ever go back. I’d rather give up meat all together.) We’ve even been out to the local, family owned farm to see for ourselves, which I documented in the Farm Tour post. If we’re going to continue eating meat, we have to make some changes.
What you’ll need to make the meatloaf:
1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup milk
1 medium chopped onion
1 cup chopped fire-roasted red bell pepper
1/2 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 pound grass-fed ground beef
How to cook it:
1. Combine milk and oats, and let sit.
2. Chop onion.
3. Beat eggs.
4. Add eggs to onion, pepper, ketchup, and seasonings. Mix.
5. Add oats and ground beef. Blend with clean hands.
6. Create one large loaf or two smaller ones.
7. Arrange peppers on top by pressing them into meat.
8. Bake for 15 minutes. Rotate pan.
9. Bake another 20 to 25 minutes. When loaf is firm to the touch and reaches 160 degrees with a meat thermometer, it’s ready to go.
10. Allow loaves to rest 10 to 15 minutes.
The only other meatloaf I’ve ever made was in the crock pot–the one I made with buffalo that was moist and delicious. This one was a tad dry. For one, it was cooked in the oven. And for two, it doesn’t have the fat of the grocery store beef we’re used to. But the taste was great! Next time, I’ll try this in the crock pot.
Flavorful and filling, but the crock pot holds in the meat’s juices and makes meat moist. That’s one of the reasons why I started G.I. Crockpot in the first place.
So, grass-fed beef is flavorful, and didn’t taste any different from regular beef. Except I know what it eats, where it came from, and who grows it. Thumbs up. It’s a start.
- “You Haven’t Tasted Beef Until You’ve Tasted Grass-Fed. When You Do, You’ll Be Hooked For Life.” (zedie.wordpress.com)
- What’s the difference between grass and grain fed beef? (innerselffitnessblog.wordpress.com)
- My First – But Not Last – Roast (paleoinpdx.com)
- Mmmmmm Meatloaf (talesofapaleomom.wordpress.com)