The Cool Fam’s 5-times-daily pile of dishes in the sink just got a little greasier.
My whole job these days seems to be cooking and handwashing dishes for myself and the 3 males in my household, so more grease in our un-air-conditioned kitchen isn’t the best news ever. BUT, I have to say my latest food experiment is going well other than that.
See, usually I shop at Trader Joe’s and get all sorts of healthy stuff to eat–loads of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, olive oil, and lean meats like turkey and fish. I’ve rarely purchased beef because I thought it was one of those foods that was definitely bad for us. Perhaps I’ve been swayed by all the food documentaries I watched a few months ago on Netflix, or my visit to Old Sturbridge Village, or seeing the Strolling of the Heifers in Vermont, or my random internet researching, but I’m starting to believe that a little beef, eggs, butter, and whole milk yogurt might be really great for our health as long as it’s not the scary factory-farmed type. Yes, I’m talking grass-fed, organic animal products!
I always thought this stuff would be prohibitively expensive and possibly all just a big scam, so I might as well be vegan-ish. But this week’s trip to Trader Joe’s has changed my mind. Along with our usual stuff, I purchased my first organic grass-fed beef ($5.99/lb), organic grass-fed cow cheese ($4.29/8oz block), and organic grass-fed butter ($4.79/lb). Oh yeah, and the best hot dogs I have EVER tasted. Here’s a quick rundown of what has happened so far:
Grass-fed ground beef
- Tasted it straight from the pan–WOW! It felt and looked and tasted so different and better than conventional beef that I’ve seen all my life. Which is kind of scary. It seems leaner too. I’m sold!
- Worked quite well when I added half a pound to crushed tomatoes for a meat sauce. This made more than the four of us could eat, so I still have another half pound to use.
Grass-fed cow cheese
- Nice strong cheddar flavor, which is the only kind they had at TJ’s.
- I took a few months off of dairy when it seemed to be affecting Cool Newbie, but now we’re all fine, so this is pretty decadent to me!
Grass-fed cow butter
- I can’t compare this to any other type of butter because I have never been one to add butter to anything, but it certainly makes any meal feel more satisfying.
- I’m not sure what to do with it, so any ideas would be welcome! I certainly like the smell of it cooking and melting on veggies!
I’ve also started eating organic WHOLE milk plain yogurt, just like Cool Newbie does. Our eggs are organic too. I like the feel of eating things that are a little less processed and yet more satisfying than most other foods at the grocery store. I find myself eating much smaller quantities of food (my girlish reaction to animal fat, I suppose), which is a miracle in itself!
But, the biggest benefit of all of this is that my boys seem to be really happy about these changes. They seem more satisfied with beef or buttery vegetables than with mountains of the fattiest plant-based foods I could find. Time will tell if we all get fat from this experiment. In the meantime, I’m having fun learning to eat like a boy!
This post is part of Works for Me Wednesday.