When people make health-related New Year's resolutions for better eating, weight loss or overall dietary health, they sometimes eliminate a major part of their diet: beef. While lifestyle choices like Ketogenic, Paleo and Low Carb eating are changing that a bit, there is still sometimes a stigma around enjoying beef.
But as our notions of "good" versus "bad" foods are constantly challenged, one thing remains a constant: opting for a holistic and inclusive approach to eating and exercise is generally more sustainable and produces better results. So, instead of simply exercising more or eating fewer carbs/calories/fats, instead, why not focus on total health and nutritious eating by eating foods that are all-natural, free of additives and sweeteners, and high vitamins and minerals?
Including foods high in vitamins and minerals such as protein, niacin, and riboflavin--like ground beef--can actually help build (and preserve) muscle, supports a healthy metabolism, and helps our system convert food into fuel. Ground beef varieties contain 10 (!) vitamins and nutrients--all of which can contribute to your overall health and diet. And, bonus! These nutrients also help reduce your appetite so you will crave fewer unhealthy foods, convert fuel more efficiently, and have more energy throughout the day, encouraging you to burn more calories with exercise! What are these super-power nutrients in beef? They include the following:
10 Nutrients Found in Beef
What does it do? Supports nervous system development.
What does it do? Helps your body use oxygen.
What does it do? Supports energy production and metabolism.
What does it do? Helps build bones and teeth.
What does it do? Helps preserve and build muscle.
What does it do? Helps convert food into fuel.
What does it do? Helps protect cells from damage.
Nutrient: Vitamins B6 and B12
What does it do? Helps maintain brain function.
What does it do? Helps maintain a healthy immune system.
Is all meat created equal?
If you ask us, the answer is a hard “no.” Flavor, texture, heritage and diet determine the taste and health of beef…and it can vary drastically!
Cornering the market in the velvety, luscious flavor and taste of our Kobe-crafted beef products, we wanted to take what we know about crafting beef and offer a revolutionary grass-fed product that still is robust in flavor, but offers the health benefits of grass-fed beef.
Better for you, and still very tasty, our grass-fed product is “better beef;” allowing you to feel good about selecting a ground beef product that is lower in fat and calories, contains no added antibiotics or hormones, and comes from cattle raised humanly on US pastures.
But for those who are less versed on the differences between grass-fed products and standard meat production, we wanted to take a moment to answer the most common questions we get asked about grass-fed beef by Steakhouse Elite.
What qualifies Steakhouse Elite grass-fed beef as grass-fed?
Our cattle are born and raised on US pastures, and completely pasture-fed. This type of feeding is considered more conventional and natural. We guarantee quality beef with no added antibiotics or hormones.
What’s the difference between grass-fed and organic beef?
Organic beef in large part refers to whether the food source of the cattle is “organic”. It has to do with the type of pasture the cattle are raised on, as well as the cattle themselves. It requires a different process of certifying that the pasture itself is “organic.”
Grass-fed refers to the treatment of the cattle and their diet. Our cows are born and humanely raised on US pasture, freely grazing throughout their lifetime. They are never given growth hormones or antibiotics.
What are some of the health benefits of grass-fed beef?
Because grass-fed cattle are pasture fed and free of growth hormones, the beef contains more heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant vitamins (such as Vitamin E and B6).
It is important to know that lean beef of any kind can be part of a healthy diet, providing the body with protein, nutrients and satiety when portion size and healthy eating habits are applied.
But does it taste like regular beef?
No doubt, grass-fed beef has a leaner texture and distinct flavor. We’ve have taken our generations of experience in the cattle business crafting beef to create a grass-fed option that is rich and buttery in flavor, unlike any other grass-fed beef on the market. We believe that quality beef should have highest standards of production, taste and food safety, so our customers can feel good about what they are feeding to their family.
There are a variety of ways that beef can be raised, fed, treated, processed and crafted. We wanted to offer an option for consumers looking for the health benefits and social consciousness of a grass-fed product that still has the bold and distinct flavor of our crafted beef. We are excited to add to our offerings a “better beef,” both in flavor and health.
Weight and nutrition-related New Year’s Resolutions are among the most common for 2019—or any year for that matter. However, only about 8 percent of people who make resolutions will actually achieve them.
If this goal has been on the top of your list this year, we would like to suggest some ways you can stay on track and help yourself be healthier in 2019.
One way to do this is by adding lean beef to your diet. Did you know that a serving of 80% ground beef has 213 calories? That’s about the same as two slices of bacon, a tablespoon of mayo, a whole bagel or a pint of beer. This is important because many people find that for this amount of calories, they are left feeling satisfied, have fewer cravings, are hungry less often and are less likely to snack.
Add to the nutrition aspect of ground beef the fact that you can opt for grass-fed beef and you have a satisfying and feel-good way to tackle your New Year’s Resolution.
Now that you know you can have your beef and eat it too, here are few other ways to keep those resolutions and make your way towards a healthier and more fulfilling life:
While many people enter the New Year with good intentions, it’s easy to fall short if you don’t make wise decisions on how to accomplish your health and nutrition goals. Being realistic, measuring your progress, holding on during the tough times, enlisting the help of others and finding a way to incorporate protein-rich and satisfying foods to your diet are a few ways that you can conquer those resolutions.
Steakhouse Elite Beef - Awesome!
Meatloaf - Amazing!
Steakhouse Elite Stuffed Meatloaf - Perfection!
Maybe you just love the taste of savory meatloaf or perhaps you are trying to substitute your carbohydrate intake with protein-rich dishes. Either way, this Goat Cheese Stuffed Mini Meatloaf recipe says you can have it all!
Why mini-meatloafs? Well, while this recipe can be easily adapted and made into a larger meatloaf, we found the mini-pans are perfect for freezing, help with portion control, are easy to take for lunch, and are perfect for a one-person meal!
So, whether you decide to do this recipe in mini’s, or go all in, you have a savory, low carb dish good enough deserve delicious Steakhouse Elite beef.
Steakhouse Elite Goat Cheese-Stuffed Mini Meatloafs
6 mini-meatloaf aluminum pans
2 lbs Steakhouse Elite grassfed beef
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 pinch of oregano
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
3 scallions, chopped
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 bunch raw spinach leaves
5 fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 oz goat cheese
4 oz can of tomato paste
1 sprig of fresh rosemary, de-stemmed
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line up mini meatloaf pans and spray inside with cooking spray to grease.
In a bowl, season Steakhouse Elite grassfed beef with cayenne, oregano, salt, and pepper. Add two eggs and mix well with hands Add scallions, onion, and garlic and mix with hands until well distributed.
Grab a handful of the beef mixture and firmly press into bottom of each meatloaf pan. Then, layer on top of the meat mixture spinach and basil leaves, a dollop of goat cheese. Seal mixture by placing another handful of beef mixture on top and sealing it by folding in the sides to create a stuffed “pocket” in the center.
Top the mini meatloafs with tomato paste and sprigs of rosemary. Bake at 425 until cooked throughout and middle temperature reaches 160 degrees (actual time depends on altitude and size of mini-pans).
Such a simple twist on traditional meatloaf, but when made with premium ingredients like Steakhouse Elite premium ground beef, goat cheese, and fresh herbs, this small change turns a bland dish into a culinary treat!
How do you become a "host with the most?" Well, whether you are hosting a tailgate, BBQ or holiday party, we believe the best hosts are those who make their guests feel comfortable and relaxed by being comfortable and relaxed themselves. Preparing ahead of time, being organized, and enjoying some of the holiday cheer yourself will ensure guests will be comfortable enough to do the same.
Holiday hosting hacks for a happy host
Hosting Hack No. 1: Prepare, prepare, prepare!
Preparation is the key to good hosting so you can spend time with your guests instead of with your stove top. Cook what you can ahead of time, and chop, slice, dice, and prepare anything you can’t. Simplify buffet preparation by marking trays, bowls, and platters with notes of what dish goes where, what time it needs to go in the oven/on the table and what it is served with. Not only will this help you visualize the display, but it will also allow you to enlist the help of others to pop items in the oven or transfer the food from pots and pans to the correct bowls.
Hosting Hack No. 2: Pick the right food.
Stick with easy, delicious, and proven recipes. If people always compliment your meatballs or dip--no matter how simple--now is the time to break it out! A holiday party is NOT the time to experiment with a six-page recipe! Simple, delicious finger foods will keep you out of the kitchen and part of the party. Plus, finger foods keep serving ware and utensils at a minimum, helping with overall clean up afterward.
And speaking of food, here are a few Steakhouse Elite party favorites:
Hosting Hack No. 3: Organize.
Decide ahead of time where guests will put their purses, coats, and other personal items. Assure there is room for leftovers in the fridge. Find the bottle openers. Make sure there is ice. Empty the garbage cans and put them out for guests to use. Make sure there is extra toilet paper in the bathroom. Anything you can do now to prepare and organize ahead of time will help you navigate through your guests without getting stopped dozens of time to answer questions like "where is the garbage?"
Hosting Hack No. 4: Mix up your guest list.
A good party has a mix of guests: couples, singles, old friends, new friends, work friends, friends from the gym, older individuals, and young ones, too! A good mix keeps things fun and interesting, just be sure to introduce everyone so no one feels like an outsider. And about kids...kid-friendly parties are at the sole discretion of the host, but if you choose to make it an adult-only occasion, be clear on the invite (and address parents with infants who might think they don't apply). If kids are allowed--that's great! But set up a place for the kids to be and establish any limits or rules ahead of time.
Hosting Hack No. 5: Create the mood.
Put on your favorite party music, enjoy a glass of wine, light the candles, and dress up! All of this will contribute to the overall mood and atmosphere of the party. The guests will follow your lead for a more enjoyable time.
Hosting Hack No. 6: Create independent guests.
Having independent guests helps the host have a good time, so be sure to show them where they can serve up their own beverages and food, and introduce them to the other guests so you can spend your time mingling instead of pouring a glass of champagne or serving food. Setting up a beverage station can also help guests feel comfortable pouring their own drinks. A general rule is to get your guests their first glass and then let them know to help themselves moving forward.
Hosting Hack No. 7: Trade out the good stemware.
Too much holiday cheer can leave your good crystal shattered. Minimize the damage with a preventative stash of cheap stemware (we promise that guests will gladly swap fancy stemware for a good host)--and try to cry over split wine.
Hosting Hack No. 8: Limit the cleanup.
Table cloths, paper and plastic utensils, and paper napkins all make cleaning up a snap. If this is too informal for your tastes, then at minimum be sure to clear away and any preparation dishes before the guests arrive so your left with less of a mess when they leave. Either way, whatever you do, don’t let the cleanup begin until after the guests leave--a good host is never distracted by a mess!
Dorothy Day once said, “Food for the body is not enough. There must bee food for the soul.”
Well, Dorothy, we couldn’t agree more. Our whole brand is about savoring, enjoying and warming the soul with food that tastes and feels good. And, there is simply no better time than in the brisk nights of fall and winter to enjoy savory, soulful classics like meatloaf, lasagna and spaghetti.
While most of us don’t need a cookbook or recipe for these savory favorites, it’s nice to try some variations on these recipes that are a nice change for the palette but easy enough to make. So, that’s why this month we are featuring our Savory Bolognese Sauce made with our fantastic, flavorful Steakhouse Elite Wagyu beef. This dish is a nice twist on the classic spaghetti and meatballs, with a flavor kick thanks to the reach, marbled flavor of Steakhouse Elite beef.
Simple Crockpot Bolognese
We know, we know. It's the season of the turkey. And while we do--as self-proclaimed burger addicts--appreciate an occasional slice off the old bird, we will probably never fall out of love with ground beef.
So, while we will thoroughly enjoying a tidbit of turkey this season, we may slop some all-beef gravy atop the potatoes, and deep down we will probably be contemplating this...
10 reasons beef is better than turkey
1. It tastes better.
Succulent, moist and juicy, we just think poultry's got nothing on beef.
2. It's cheaper.
We went to the grocery store and gasped when we saw that bird was $45. Yes, it feeds a lot of people, but so does spaghetti.
3. Beef has better holidays.
Ok, so the bird's got Thanksgiving and Christmas. But beef has Independence Day, Labor Day, Memorial Day, and all football season. Beat. That.
4. Beef comes in different varieties.
There's no such thing as "crafted" turkey, turkey and brisket, or turkey with rib eye. Turkey just always tastes like...turkey. The only choice you get is light or dark meat.
5. You can eat beef with your hands.
Turkey on the go just isn't a thing. But burgers are for real!!!
6. Beef has more choices for leftovers.
Turkey leftovers include the following: turkey, turkey sandwich, turkey pot pie, turkey noodle soup. But leftover beef? Why...you can do so much with it: sloppy joes, loose beef sando, tacos, taco salad, beef and noodles, ground beef stroganoff, burritos, breakfast burritos, stuffed peppers, lasagna...
You can put turkey in a taco, but it's just not the same.
8. Taco Tuesday.
If tacos are good enough that they get their own weekly holiday, then "tacos" deserves two bullet points.
9. Turkeys are hard to carry.
Turkeys are big. And heavy. And take days to thaw. And all day to cook. But beef is easy. You can carry it, store it, fit it in a grocery bag, freeze it, thaw it and cook it with way less effort than a turkey.
There's nothing more American (in our opinion) than a perfectly-grilled burger. Yes, turkey is the traditional choice for Thanksgiving, but burgers are a part of nearly every household and American restaurant all year round.
So there you have it. Beef is better. But regardless what you choose for your holiday meal, we wish you savory moments throughout. Happy Turkey (or Beef) Day!
While we will always love our bacon-wrapped, Kobe-crafted burgers and savory meatloaf made from Steakhouse Elite ground brisket, we have a lighter side, too! And we thought there was no better way to feature our feel-good grass-fed line of Steakhouse Elite ground beef than with a grass-fed Paleo recipe.
So, if you are thinking more about what you are putting into your body, or maybe you’ve even made the switch to a more natural or even paleo diet, here is a recipe that pairs feel-good grass-fed beef with a Paleo dinner dish.
Paleo Swedish Meatballs
1 lb Ground Steakhouse Elite Grass-fed Beef
1 lb Ground Pork
1 TBSP of Parsley
1 TSP Salt
1 TSP Black Pepper
¼ TSP Cinnamon
¼ TSP Nutmeg
1/8 TSP Ground Cloves
1/2C Sweet Onion, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced
1/3C Sweet Onion, chopped
1 Garlic Clove, minced
14 oz Can of Full-Fat Canned Coconut Milk
2 C Beef Broth
2 TBSP Butter
1 TSP Black Pepper
3 TBSP Tapioca Flour (for thickening)
Salt to taste
For the Meatballs
For the Gravy
Feel good food made with feel-good beef. Now that’s a win-win!
Whether it’s your Monday Night Football go-to, your favorite Halloween Crockpot dish, or just a fall classic in your household, chili is as much a part of October as pumpkins. So, why not take both these classics, chili and pumpkin, and put them together in a seasonal Paleo recipe: Pumpkin Spice Chili.
Paleo Pumpkin Spice Chili Recipe
What You’ll Need:
1T Olive Oil
1 White Onion, chopped
6 Cloves Garlic
1 Bell Pepper, diced
1 Jalapeño, minced
1-1/2 lbs Steakhouse Elite Grassfed Ground Beef
2 (14.5oz) Cans Roasted Tomatoes
1C Beef Broth
1T Chili Powder
1 (15oz) Can of Pumpkin Puree
How to Do It:
Heat a large stock pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, onion and garlic and brown until onions become slightly translucent.
Add bell pepper and jalapeno and cook until soft.
Add raw Steakhouse Elite ground beef and brown. Once browned, add tomatoes, broth and spices and simmer for five minutes. Add pumpkin and simmer for another 10 to 30 minutes (the longer you simmer it, the more the flavors will develop).
Contrary to popular belief, the meatball is not an Italian dish at all; it’s actually American. Dense, round and packed with breadcrumbs, herbs and cheese, it’s a common American favorite.
But at Steakhouse Elite, we like to do things, well, a little bigger and a little better! So, we’ve elevated this recipe for meatballs to entirely new level, with giant meatball Parmesan made in with the velvety, Kobe-crafted texture of Steakhouse Elite ground beef.
But before you race to pull out that brick of ground beef sitting in your fridge, we warn against using just any ground beef for this recipe. The size of the meatball without the delicious marbling of our ground beef would leave this humongous beef ball too dense, or falling part, and lacking flavor. But when you use quality beef, culinary creations like this are possible, allowing you to have the biggest, most succulent American meatball around.
Mega Meatball Parm
1lb Steakhouse Elite Kobe-Crafted Ground Beef
14oz pork sausage
1/3C seasoned breadcrumbs
1 clove garlic
2t tomato paste
1T parsley (minced)
1/4C shredded Parmesan
1 jar of favorite marinara sauce
1/4C shredded mozzarella
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, combine beef, sausage, breadcrumbs, egg, garlic, tomato paste, parsley, salt and Parmesan and mix well with hands to combine.
Create giant meatballs with hands and place in a greased loaf pan. Bake on 350 degrees (uncovered) for 45-50 minutes until the middle of the meatball reaches at least 160 degrees.
Remove giant meatballs from oven, carefully drain excess fat, and top with marinara and mozzarella. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes until cheese is hot and melted.
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