August 27, 2013

The Truth About Meat

The Truth About Meat 




Recently I had a friend ask me what the big deal is about eating grass fed meat or traditionally raised meat. "Is it really that much better than the regular meat that I buy?"
So because of that conversation I decided to do a post about meat. Something that I eat. A lot.

There is a lot of misleading information out there regarding meat and animal fat. We have been told that meat and animal fat is generally bad as it will raise your cholesterol. Many people are on low fat diets, avoiding red meat and other fat sources thinking this will decreased their cholesterol, when in fact the opposite is true, if you eat the right type of meat.

More and more studies are showing that high cholesterol is related to low grade inflammation. Now there are many things that contribute to inflammation and I will do a post on this in the future but for now I will focus on meats and animal products.

If you look at the animals that our ancestors ate they were raised in fields, fed on grass and other vegetation, not supplemented with corn, grains, antibiotics, soy etc etc. Meats raised in this manner (traditionally) have omega 3:6 ratios around 1:1 or 1:2. Compare this to meats raised today on conventional diets (grains, corn, soy etc) and that ratio changes from 1:6 to 1:20. That is a huge difference! Conventional diets decrease the amount of omega 3's by such a huge amount that they are barely detectable. Your body needs omega 3 and 6 in a proportionate ratio to function properly. When you get too much omega 6 (like we have in the typical North American diet) this becomes a source of inflammation, which can lead to a whole host of health problems. Higher cholesterol is just the beginning.

As well, fat soluble vitamins are stored in fat. If animals are not fed properly they will have poor stores of these essential vitamins. Grass fed beef is higher in B vitamins, beta carotene, vitamin E, vitamin K and trace minerals as well as conjugated linoleic acid (a good naturally occurring trans fat).

And if all that isn't enough to convince you to make a change, I urge you to think about the health and wellbeing of the animals you are eating. Animals raised in a conventional manner are kept in confined spaces, separated from their families, forced to eat food and chemicals that are not natural to them, physically abused to behave in a certain manner and subject to many unnecessary procedures (often invasive) in order to produce meat that is made to meet certain specifications.
Compare this to animals that are allowed to roam in fields, run with their families and eat what and when they want to from the land they are raised on. Doesn't that sound like a happier living environment? It sure does to me!

Well you can all tell which side of the debate I am on when it comes to meat. I have been on a mission lately to find local sources of meat that are raised in a traditional manner and so far it really hasn't been that hard. Yes it is more expensive, but to me the extra cost is worth it. Plus the meat tastes so much better! Trust me.

Here is a link to an article that is more in depth than mine, outlining further benefits of eating traditionally raised meat from an amazing blog, Mark's Daily Apple:
http://www.marksdailyapple.com/the-differences-between-grass-fed-beef-and-grain-fed-beef/#axzz2d8RXvhds

What do you think? Do you buy traditionally raised meats? What is your favorite source? Will this change your buying habits?

And as always, if you have any questions just let me know!


August 24, 2013

Oven Roasted Duck with Coconut Cherry Reduction (SCD, GAPS, Paleo, Meat)

Duck. Not a meat that I cook with very often. Ok ever actually. But I recently had some delicious duck at a local restaurant and saw a duck recipe in "Practical Paleo" so I decided it was time to try cooking this meat on my own. Well the boyfriend helped, that I must admit. And I have to say the results were delicious. I will definitely be making this recipe again!
Do any of you know a good duck supplier in Calgary? I would love to find one!
This recipe also uses fresh, local cherries which are absolutely delicious. Oh how I love summer time

Oven Roasted Duck with Coconut Cherry Reduction (SCD, GAPS, Paleo, Meat) 


Duck Directions

1. Rinse and pat dry 4 duck legs
2. Place duck legs into a large baking pan or dish
3. Coat duck legs in dried mustard, basil and thyme 
4. Heat oven to 350F
5. Place pan in the oven and cook for 60-65 mins or until brown on the outside


Coconut Cherry Reduction Directions

1. Wash and de-seed 2 cups of fresh cherries
2. Place cherries in a sauce pan on the stove and turn onto medium heat
3. Add 1/3 cup of coconut milk (full fat) to sauce pan
4. Allow mixture to heat until cherries soften and start to break apart (10-15 minutes)
5. Use a potato masher and crush remaining cherries until you reach your desired consistency (I like the sauce a but chunky)




Well that's it for now folks! Have a great weekend!
What have you been eating this week? I would love to hear! 

August 18, 2013

Weekly Recipe Wrap-up

Hi everyone!
Miss me? Probably not, but regardless it has been a while. And although I have been too busy to bring you my own recipes I have still been pinning food from around the internet. Some of these just look too good not to share!

1. Paleo Chili Ribs from Paleoaholic 


Now it is no secret that I love ribs! Although I am not very good at making them myself. My mom makes delicious ribs, and whenever I can I request them for "special occasions." Now these ribs from Paleoaholic look just delicious. And they are made in a crock pot which means they are low maintenance! These are SCD, paleo and GAPS legal so eat up!

2. Paleo Beef Brisket Stew with Dates from The Saffron Girl 

I seem to be on a meat kick this week with the recipes. But doesn't this look amazing? Beef briskets can be a bit tricky to deal with but his recipe sounds fairly simple to make. And it incorporates bone broth! Double win in my books. 

3. The Raw Brownie from My New Roots


Now you know I couldn't give you a post without some delicious looking desserts. Doesn't that brownie look good? Really chocolate anything is good in my books. This brownie comes from the blog My New Roots. Not only does she come up with great recipes but beautiful photos of her food as well. If you haven't been to this blog yet I suggest you take a look through the archives. You won't be disappointed!

4. Masala Cauli-Fried Rice from The Urban Poser


Now I have raved about this blog before. But The Urban Poser is a great place to find paleo, SCD and GAPS friendly recipes. I am sure many of you make califlower rice already but this looks like a great variation to add to your recipe collection. So many great flavours combined into one dish. Yum! 

5. Vanilla Bean and Blackberry Ice Cream on Against All Grain 


Ice cream! Yum! I used to eat a lot of ice cream back before I gave up dairy, refined sugar and processed ingredients. There are so many great looking ice cream recipes out there that use coconut milk, but most of them also require eggs and an ice cream maker. This recipe doesn't require either! And it looks and sounds delicious! I can't wait to try this one. 


Alright everyone I think that is enough deliciousness for one blog post. Let me know if you make any of these and how they turn out! I am roasting a chicken and some spaghetti squash as we speak and the smells are making me hungry! 
I hope everyone had a good weekend! 

August 04, 2013

Lemon Butter Seasoned Chicken (SCD, Paleo, Meat)

Now I know I have been bad at posting meat recipes which is weird because I eat a lot of meat. Three meals a day in fact (usually anyways). I just never feel like my meat recipes are all that exciting compared to my baking. But lets be honest, life isn't always exciting so I will try and post some more of my day to day meat recipes.

The first one I am sharing with you is Lemon Butter Seasoned Chicken. I don't really know where the inspiration for this one came from other than I had a lot of lemons in my fridge and some chicken legs that needed to be cooked. Ta da! (are you annoyed of me yet? I would be)

Lemon Butter Seasoned Chicken (SCD, Paleo, Meat)

Ingredients

10 chicken legs (preferably raised without antibiotics or hormones)
1/2 cup butter 
Juice from 1 lemon
Simply Organic's Grilling Seasons Chicken Seasoning (where to buy)

Directions

1. Rinse your chicken legs, pat dry and place in a large metal or glass pan and preheat oven to 350F
2. In a microwave safe dish combine butter and lemon juice. Heat in microwave for 30-40 sec (until butter is melted)
3. Pour butter mixture over chicken legs. Flip once to coat both sides
4. Coat each chicken leg with your seasoning
5. Place in oven and cook for 50 minutes at 350F


I paired mine with steamed cauliflower, butternut squash and coconut oil. What will you do with yours?

I hope everyone is having a good long weekend!