On Sunday afternoon, i threw a thawed 4 ish lb sirloin roast into a small electric roaster. I must admit, i use this little roast unrelentingly, yet only paid $5 for the thing! It was at a church fundraising bazaar and that is the price marked on it. I did not like the noisy little fan on the air roaster, so it was simply removed and the holecovered with tape. Done and done.
Day 1: Sliced roast with smashed sweet potato and fresh salad. Not much more to say, very delicious, simple, and filling. Pictured here is one small smashed sweet potato and about 3.5 ounces of beef roast and a ubiquitous power salad.
Day 2 – Beef & Vegetable Soup – was planning something else, but my husband came up croupy and sick with a cold, so switched gears to make a cold buster soup. Mix the broth created when the roast was cooking with the cooking water from the sweet potato preparation for a nutritionally powerful base for adding sliced carrots, diced scrubbed potatoes with skins, finely chopped onion, minced garlic, sliced celery, then salt and pepper to taste. The broth is strong, but i added 2-3 oz of roast chopped into small pieces to this dish. All in all this yielded about 5 cups of deliciousness. Bring to slight boil, then simmer 20 minutes, but longer doesn’t hurt, just mind keeping on the lid so the moisture doesn’t get away. Feel free to add water for a thinner soup.
Day 3: Crumbled roast in Scrambled eggs (Egg Frittata)
This is my go to when i’m short on time for anything – don’t even need meat. Saute a finely chopped small onion in the saved fat drippings from cooking the roast. After a couple minutes, cut or chop fresh spinach into the skillet, stir those around until softened, then add as much crumbled roast as you want, then add eggs. This is one of the recipes where you can add as much or as little as you need to make the meal. Plus, dress it up even more with sliced fresh mushrooms, sliced black olives, shredded cheese. Or exchange the spinach with any leftover greens you have in the frig.
Day 4: Cubed roast beef with smashed potatoes and white sauce, steamed broccoli
Since i used all the broth for the sick day soup, white gravy made with milk will be a great substitute. Onions are for healing, so finely chopped and sauteed in the beef fat before adding flour and milk creates more robust and healthful gravy.
Day 5 – Roast Beef Salad – an old fashioned favourite
To squeeze out another power soup, use the cooking water from potatoes and steamed broccoli – chop onions, carrots, and the stems of the broccoli – add to the water and bring to a boil. Season with salt, pepper, and even parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme to boost flavour if you like. Although i seldom use rosemary or thyme simply because i don’t like them!
So, there’s a small example of roast flexibility, whatever it’s worth!
My son was required in one of his classes at uni to take subscription of the Wall Street Journal. We had taken it for years, but it had gotten so expensive we’d dropped. However, as a student, he could receive it for $50 a year!
Once in a while a fabulous recipe which meets my criteria is published and i nab it and usually tweak it just a bit. Here’s one i found just last week.
The original version is pictured far below, but here’s what i did:
1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
3 cloves garlic
Sauté these in a medium hot skillet with 2 tablespoons butter, then add mushrooms and lettuce until softened – all in all about 6 minutes. Don’t let it burn!
1 cup diced mushrooms
2 cups snipped fresh spinach
Add these items to the above skillet until softened
2 lbs grass finished ground beef
1 cup finely ground bread crumbs (i used what i had leftover from a failed baking experiment)
2 egg yolks from farm fresh eggs (save the whites for scrambled eggs in the morning)
1/2 cup ketchup
3 tablespoons brandy (i discovered that brandy is a substitute for bourbon)
Mix together, by hand, all these ingredients to make the loaf.
FOR THE GLAZE:
While the meatloaf is cooking, whisk together 1 tablespoon Bragg’s Liquid Aminos, 2 tablespoons unprocessed organic sugar like Florida Crystals, 1/2 cup ketchup, and 4 tablespoons farm fresh milk in a small bowl. After meatloaf has baked about 6 minutes, remove it from the oven and brush glaze over top.
Return pan to oven and bake until meat is just cooked through, or internal temperature reads 145-150 degrees on a meat thermometer. Making a 2-lb loaf, mine cooked for about 30-35 minutes in a 400ºF oven. Remove from over and let cool slightly.
I’m no good at sticking with the Wheat Belly diet with the exception of keeping grain out of my diet, and by default, milk, simply because even grass based, organic, real milk doesn’t agree with me and i’m not going to buy almond or coconut milk. But i do keep this ‘granola’ made up and stored in a Ziploc Bag in the freezer – just dipping out about 1/4 cup for brecky most mornings and usually eat without milk, but sometimes 1/2 sliced organic banana. Most of my organic nuts and seeds come from Food To Live which can be ordered directly from their website or some are available through Wal-Mart online ordering.
One of the main projects i had planned for this year was to spray brush. Truly had hoped to cover the entire farm, but there is just so much that between regular work and windy or rainy days – well, i did get quite a lot done actually and i’m pleased. My focus did switch to completely covering (spot spraying) the west 160 and that was accomplished by July 1. It is important to keep track of that date because three years from then, the farm can be used to grow certified organic crops. Weed and brush management from now on will have to be by brush hogging and intensive grazing. One of the ironies of ‘certified’ organic is that i can’t chemically treat individual plants even once for three years, but i could burn all the fossil fuel i want mowing them down. But rules are rules.
So to finish the project also means to clean up and put away the tools used. My 30 gallon spray tank and pump were purchased new at Orscheln’s this year and i hope to get several more years’ use out of it. Their brand name is Country Tuff and it has worked flawlessly all season. I did switch out the coiled hose for a straight one we already had – i just didn’t like the coiled one.
For the chemical, the easiest and most effective in my opinion is Crossbow. i buy it by the case (4 gallons) at a cost of $200.46 at Butterfield & Associates Grain in Meadville, MO. Mix half gallon to 30 gallons of water and you are ready to go. This spring and summer, I sprayed about 1200 gallons of mixed spray. That’s about 45 hours worth of spot spraying.
One would think you could just pull in and start with tillage for planting crops as part of my fescue elimination project. Alas, that isn’t true in my case. Since i had subdivided the 120 acres into 6 paddocks with 2 wire hi-tensile electric wire, all this had to be wound up and stowed for replacement after 4 years as per my plan. Old fence posts and wired had to be pulled up and stacked for burning when time allows and entrance gateway had to be widened.
Dallas and I did this in a couple days of remarkable weather in November!
1/2 teaspoon salt (use Real salt or something that is 100% salt – check the label)
3 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon tapioca flour (cassava)* or cornstarch
2 eggs slightly beaten (farm fresh from pastured hens is best)
Heat broth and salt to boiling. Mix cold water and tapioca flour; stir gradually into broth. Boil and stir 1 minutes. Slowly pour eggs into broth stirring constantly with fork, to form shreds of egg. Remove from heat; stir slowly once or twice.
You can also make this without thickening it with the tapioca flour or cornstarch if it needs to be absolutely thin liquid.
For best medicine, you need to find a local farmer from whom you can purchase healthy pasture raised spent hens or broilers. You may have to butcher them yourself. Cook them down bones and all, pull off the meat bits, then throw the bones and cartilage back into the water and simmer another hour or so. The goal is to get as much of the chondroitan out of the cartilage and minerals out of the bones and into your broth. Once done, strain out the bones and let the broth cool. Chicken fat is quite soft, so if you want to skim it off, you’ll eventually have to put it in the frig or other cool spot so that it will harden on the top of the broth so that you can remove it with a slotted spoon.
Buying chicken broth in the store is NOT the same product as what you are making here.
As always, find certified organic or organically raised ingredients.
This was a big hit with my father-in-law who is recovering from hernia surgery, is very weak, and really doesn’t have an appetite.
However, it’s quite good even if you aren’t sick or in recovery.
*my friend Francoirse raises cassava in DRC!
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