How do you feel about…… BEEF?
Pepper Steak is a weeknight favorite in our home. My husband is the meat lover and even though I can take it or leave it…. I have to say this is one of my favorite beef meals. It has a lovely oriental flare (I’m a Southern girl that loves anything Asian) and the veggies add color and texture to the dish. This meal is packed with flavor and your whole family will love it…. even the kiddos! This one is a winner with my extremely picky son……Rhett! Not to mention you can have dinner on the table in 45 minutes to an hour. Always a plus…. right?
Now….. you may be wondering if beef is considered clean. Well, it is actually, but it’s because I use “grass-fed beef” instead of grain-fed beef.
As I’ve mentioned before, we do not eat meat everyday in the Rhinehart house. Sometimes we go two to three days without having meat at our evening meal. I try to stick to the rule of eating meat only once a day. If I have a meat at lunch then I don’t have it for our evening meal. Generally speaking, our goal is to eat less meat and more plant-based foods. However, we are not vegetarians (especially my husband) and we do enjoy meat a few times a week……beef, chicken, turkey and fish. I simply try to buy the cleanest possible meat available when we choose to eat meat.
Saying that, I want you to understand why I choose grass-fed beef over grain fed beef. Some people may think, “Meat is meat and the nutritional values will be the same no matter what the cow eats.” Well, that is not a true statement. The animal’s diet can determine the nutritional value of the meat and make a huge difference.
Check out the differences in grass-fed beef versus …….grain-fed beef:
- Grass-fed beef is much lower in fat. A sirloin steak from a grass-fed steer has about 1/2 to 1/3 the amount of fat than the same cut from a grain-fed steer. It actually has about the same amount of fat as a skinless chicken breast.
- Grass-fed beef is much leaner and when meat is this lean….. it actually lowers LDL cholesterol levels.
- Grass-fed beef is lower in calories too. Lower fat means lower in calories. 6 oz. of grass-fed steak compared to 6 oz. of grain-fed steak has almost 100 fewer calories.
- Grass-fed beef has extra Omega-3’s….(good fats) the most heart-friendly fats…..2-6 times more good fats than grain- fed beef. NOTE: People that have enough Omega-3’s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure and they are 50% less likely to have a heart attack.
- That good fat in grass-fed beef…..Omega-3’s….. lower the risk of cancer. Why does grass-fed beef contain more Omega-3’s? Well… Omega-3’s are formed in the green leaves of plants. “Grass” is a plant. When cows eat grass like God intended…… they have more Omega-3’s… so in turn when we eat that meat… we benefit as well.
- Grass-fed beef is higher in vitamin E, which has been proven to lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. Vitamin E is a very strong antioxidant and can have anti-aging benefits. Most of us are deficient in Vitamin E.
So go ahead and enjoy some beef occasionally…..just try to find grass-fed beef whenever possible. It will make your body happy.
I hope you enjoy this recipe! 🙂
**The information about the benefits of grass-fed beef was found on the website http://www.americangrassfedbeef.com/grass-fed-natural-beef.asp and written by Jo Robinson, author of “Why Grassfed is Best.”
|Pepper Steak and Brown Rice.... Made with Grass Fed Beef|| |
- 4 cups of organic short or long grain brown rice
- 1½ lbs. of grass-fed sirloin steak, trimmed and sliced thin (Have your butcher cut the meat for you)
- 1Tbsp. of organic grapeseed oil or olive oil
- 1 organic Vidalia onion or sweet yellow onion, cut in half and sliced thin
- 1 organic red bell pepper, cut in half and sliced into strips
- 1 organic green bell pepper, cut in half and sliced into strips
- 11/2 cups of organic baby Portobello mushrooms, sliced
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 1½ cups of organic beef broth (May need a bit more to get the gravy to right consistency)
- ½ cup of gluten free soy sauce
- 11/2 Tbsp. of garbanzo bean flour
- Cook rice according to package directions on the stove top or in a rice cooker and set aside.
- Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium to high heat.
- Add sliced sirloin steak to sauté pan and cook to brown steak, stirring often.
- Once steak is browned, add garlic, onion, red and green pepper and mushrooms to pan, toss with meat and cook vegetables until tender crisp.
- Reduce heat to medium/low, add beef broth and simmer.
- In a small bowl whisk together soy sauce and garbanzo bean flour. Pour into sauté pan with meat and vegetables.
- Allow mixture to simmer until thickened.... adding more broth if needed.
- Turn to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Place a serving of rice onto dinner plates and spoon Pepper Steak over rice.
- Serve immediately.