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The Grillin’ Girl…

For those of you that have missed Megan’s Meatful Mondays, she’s back and she’s learning to grill!

Marinated Sirloin Steaks cooked by Cowgirl Chef Megan on a charcoal grill...

Marinated Sirloin Steaks cooked by Cowgirl Chef Megan on a charcoal grill…

No spring would be sustainable without cooking lessons and quality time with the grill!  Today, my favorite Cowgirl Chef partners with her daddy to make delicious sirloin steaks!

Needs:  Sirloin Steaks (1″ to 1 1/2″ thick), bottle balsamic vinaigrette, charcoal, and grill.

Marinate the steaks in balsamic vinaigrette dressing for several hours.IMG_3192

Build a charcoal fire on the grill.IMG_3186

Place steaks on the fire when it is ready for cooking.IMG_3201

Cook until blood begins to pool at the top of the steak, and then turn the steak and cook a few minutes longer (more time means a more “well done” steak, less time is rarer.IMG_3202As one of the 29 cuts of lean beef, Sirloin steaks make a great summer time meal.  Megan loves them for the taste, but I love them because they provide her growing body with: Iron, Vitamins B6 and B12, Zinc, Choline, Phosphorus, Protein, Niacin, Selenium and Riboflavin.

Beef's Big 10 empower her to jump far...

Beef’s Big 10 empower her to jump far…

And still ride off into the sunset!

And still be able to ride off into the sunset!

Click here for some great grilling tips!

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Meatful Mondays…

This fall, my favorite 7th grader developed a tendency to role her eyes at me during family discussions.  I adopted a new policy at the Feed Yard Foodie house to counteract this unacceptable habit—every eye roll is equal to 10 push-ups.

She’s gotten pretty good at them…

This new rule has led to two developments: 1. There are fewer eye roll movements at our dinner table, and 2. My oldest daughter is developing “pipes” for bicep muscles that rival what mine looked like during my competitive swimming days…

This new protocol has been incredibly effective, and I view it as one of my more successful parenting initiatives.  My daughter is refocusing on showing respect for adults while also improving her physical strength.  It’s a win-win deal.  She is a smart kid, and over the past few months she has learned to catch herself right before the “eye roll” starts, simply replacing it with a smile instead.  The result is a much better dinner experience for the family!

The power of a beautiful smile and her Mama’s homemade meat loaf with home grown hamburger and tomatoes!

Every time that I read about the “Meatless Monday” campaign, I experience the same reaction as when my daughter rolls her eyes at me.  Very simply, I get angry.  The campaign (as seen again yesterday by the Los Angeles city council’s announcement) is frequently aligned with rhetoric about improving your health.  In this instance, Councilwoman Jan Perry is quoted as saying that the resolution is part of an overall “good food” agenda for the city which will result in better health amongst the community of Los Angeles.  I disagree with Councilwoman Perry—I believe that beef plays a key role in good health.

Beef’s Competitive Advantage #2

Beef is a natural food that is a great source of 10 essential nutrients including zinc, iron and protein.  There are 29 cuts of beef that meet the government standards for lean—some of my favorites include lean ground beef, tenderloin and T-bone steaks.  All of these 29 cuts of beef have 4.5 grams or less of saturated fat and less than 95 milligrams of cholesterol per 3 ounce serving.  The protein found in beef helps to maintain healthy body weight, build muscle (just look at my daughter’s biceps!), and plays an important role in a healthful lifestyle and disease prevention.

Here’s to strength and good health!

Is it possible to process or cook beef in a way to make it less healthy?  Absolutely…But, there are also a great variety of tasty ways to include healthy lean beef in your diet.  Ways that allow you to focus on good health while enjoying beef’s signature great taste.

Councilwoman Perry, it is not about the beef, it is about the way that it is prepared and what is served to compliment it! 

I believe that a healthy diet needs to include a diverse selection of food.  I feed my family beef almost every single day because I believe that it is a critical part of maintaining our good health.  I pair beef with fruits, vegetables and whole grains to provide a healthy blend of nutrients.  Between cross country, volleyball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics and swimming– my girls need fuel to get through the day.  Of course, we can’t forget the nightly push-ups either!

The west was won on a diverse diet of meat, grains and vegetables…Her cross country races were won that way as well.

The Feed Yard Foodie house proudly participates in Meatful Mondays

Have you served your family one of the 29 cuts of lean beef recently?  Check out http://beefitswhatsfordinner.com for more ideas of how to fuel your family with great tasting lean beef.

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The Bulldog Award…

My two favorite blondes had their end of the year gymnastics performance last weekend.  At the end of the program, a few special awards were given to gymnasts who demonstrated remarkable character throughout the year.

My favorite 10 year old received the Bulldog Award.  The Bulldog Award is given to the gymnast with the most guts and the most determination.  The gymnastics coach stated that Megan “was never afraid to try anything that was asked of her.”  Quite honestly, I cannot think of a more perfect award to give to my little cowgirl / gymnast.

Determination…

Megan believes in herself and she is inherently trustful of others. 

She also inherited the 110% gene that I talked about last week.

When I try to view the world through Megan’s eyes, I get a very clear vision of hard work, trust and faith.  She exemplifies those qualities and also looks for them in the people that touch her life.  Those words, hard work—trust—faith, should resonate with all of you who read my “pink slime” blog series.  https://feedyardfoodie.wordpress.com/2012/03/20/hard-work-trust-and-faith/

All the trust of a child combined with an astounding work ethic…She’d rather take care of cattle than plant my garden, but she still does it with care and a smile.

It has been almost two and a half months since the “pink slime” media craze began.  Regardless of our desires, it has–one way or another–affected all of our lives.  It will continue to affect all our lives for the unforeseen future…

I spend my days caring for cattle that will be harvested to provide beef for all of you.  Hard work is something that I love, and it is a steadfast reality in my life caring for food animals.  As I look to grow the safest and most nutritious beef using the fewest number of natural resources, I need technological advancements to combine with my hard work.  Equipment which enables more beef to be removed from each of my animals during the harvest process is critical to sustainable beef production.

He is raised to make beef—it is all of our jobs to ensure that none of it is wasted…

Beef Products, Inc. and their Lean Finely Textured Beef do just this.  Their state of the art equipment allows for 12-15 more pounds of beef to be effectively harvested per animal.  I harvest somewhere around 5500 animals per year—at 12# additional beef per animal that is 66,000# of beef!  This exceptionally lean beef is needed to make the lean hamburger that most consumers desire.

Every Action Has A Consequence…

What are the consequences of the Pink Slime craze?

  1. A high quality and lean protein source is currently being wasted (along with the natural resources that were used to grow it)…As I write this, hundreds of millions of pounds of lean finely textured beef sit in freezers waiting for retailers to resume purchase of them.
  2. The price of lean blend hamburger is rising as there is a shortage of it without the use of LFTB.
  3. A volatile and susceptible live cattle market (the price of my finished animals) saw a 9% decrease in the worth of my animals during the two week period following retail supermarkets removing the product from their shelves.  For each 1300# animal, that is a loss of $143.00.
  4. Beef Products, Inc. shut down several of their processing facilities because of lack of demand for their product.  This has resulted in approximately 900 Americans losing their jobs…

 While I have enough trust and faith to believe that eventually consumers will feel comfortable eating hamburger made with LFTB, I know that continued hard work and consumer outreach is the only way to accomplish this!

My blog brings my farm to you so that you can understand where your beef comes from…

 Today, I am asking all of you to do what I believe is the right thing for our country and its food supply.  Please take a minute to visit this website (http://act.beefisbeef.com/letter-stores) and write a letter to your retail supermarket asking them to resume purchasing hamburger made with LFTB.  It will only take a moment of your time, and it will allow my beef industry partners to continue to work hard to provide you with a sustainable and healthy beef supply.

She lights up my life as she learns to grow your food!

 We both need your hard work, trust, and faith.  Follow the example set by my favorite Bulldog Award winner, and determinedly keep the faith!

 

 

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