If you’re like me – you were raised on meat and potatoes. (My Father was a meat salesmen — so we had plenty of it.) I can also add dumplings, canned peas and spinach with an occasional piece of iceberg lettuce thrown in for good measure on a sandwich made with Wonder Bread and tomatoes. And of course, homemade apple pie, chocolate chip cookies, fudge and ice cream. What a diet! Is it any wonder my “insides” were sick until I was past 30!
Lucky for me I learned how to eat more healthfully and made a change. But let me tell you — and you already know this if you grew up that way — it takes some doing to make a turn around. It’s not an easy road. But Bill and I are living proof it can be done.
Garden and a small amount of Organic Meat
We now depend heavily on our garden for food almost year round. We very seldom eat meat. When we do — it is strictly organic – either chicken or grass fed organic beef. Our portions are 1/3 or even 1/4 of what we were eating in out teens and twenties. Like everyone – we have our problems – but believe me — how you eat makes a difference.
How a Pound of Ground Beef Can Serve 2 People for 4 Meals
Here’s a way to fix ground beef that makes it go a long way, is satisfying and easy on the wallet. It’s versatile and I change it all the time depending on what I have available. The idea is to get a lot of good nutritious extenders into the beef and yet have it taste good so that you’ll feel satisfied.
To save time, I make it up 2 pounds at a time and freeze it in the shape of meatballs that are 1 1/2 to 2 inches in circumference. (You can flatten the meatballs when they thaw if you want a burger.) You’ll get about 25 to 32 meatballs depending on how big you make them. I freeze 4 at a time wrapped in saran wrap and then place them in a gallon freezer bag. Take the air out with a straw.
I get a minimum of 8 meals (for two people) out of 2 lbs of ground beef. More often I get 12 meals.
Fresh ingredients like onions and parsley will change depending on what’s in season. Use what you have on hand. I’ll give you some variations at the end.
Ground Beef Mixture for Meat Balls and Burgers
Using your hand, brush organic vinegar over the ground beef. This helps kill bacteria that might be there.
In a large bowl place the following ingredients:
- 2 pounds of grass fed organic beef
- 2 cups of finely chopped onions (out of my garden)
- 1 cup of finely chopped fresh parsley (out of my garden)
- 2 cups of organic unprocessed fine bran (I use bran sold by Shiloh Farms)
Whisk together the following 3 ingredients and add to the mix:
- 1/3 cup of Poupon mustard (Doesn’t have to be exactly 1/3 cup.)
- 2 organic eggs
- 1/3 cup of organic milk (Feel free to substitute organic soy milk, zucchini milk, or even water if necessary)
Combine ingredients by kneading (maybe a minute) as if you would bread. Then use your fingers to “smush” it so it will be more uniform and stay together.
Form the meatballs. Freeze most for future use.
Cook in preheated 360 degree oven:
- 20 minutes for 1 1/2 inch meatballs.
- 25 minutes for 2 inch meatballs.
Do NOT overcook.
Keep in mind that grass fed organic beef will continue to cook after it is removed from the oven. You’ll get the time down pat once you do it a few times.
Cooked correctly this ground beef mixture will be melt in your mouth tender and very tasty.
Serve as meat for any meal. Tastes good with just about everything. And of course it’s great with spaghetti and homemade roasted tomato sauce.
- If you can get organic celery or if you grow your own, it’s wonderful in this mixture.
- You can substitute celery for onions or add half celery and half onions.
- Any herbs that you like will be fine. I love the fresh parsley and use lots of it in the mixture. If I don’t have it, I’ll use 2 tablespoons of dried thyme.
- I’ve also used basil, garlic, oregano, rosemary, and cayenne pepper. Use whatever you like.
Eating meat (especially eating big portions) is a habit you can break. If you use this recipe I think it will help you succeed in breaking the habit and still be satisfied.
Organic Gardening is easy, efficient, effective — and it’s a lot healthier.
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