I love this recipe because its so easy to whip together as a part of my weekly meal prep.
I don’t eat meat very often, however, when I do decide to I always opt to buy local quality meat. Knowing that not only am I eating a healthy animal, I’m also supporting the ethical treatment of animals and sustainable farming practices.
I wanted to make a point of saying that this post is not made to make anyone feel bad about the food choices they make. Everyone is entitled to have their own views, so please know that I am simply sharing what works for me. I think it’s important to do your own research so that you feel empowered in the grocery store instead of confused and misled.
I thought it might be helpful to share a few key words that I keep in my when I’m shopping for meat! I think it’s important to remember that it’s not always feasible to make the “perfect” purchase when it comes to meat because there are so many factors that comes into play such as budget or even geographically where you live. All we can do is the best that we can!
GRAIN-FED VS. GRASS-FED
Health Risks of conventional grain-fed beef:
- Stress hormones
- GMO feed
- High saturated fat content
- Unsanitary conditions
- Prone to illness & infections
Key things to ask for when shopping for beef:
- Organic (ensures no added hormones or antibiotics)
- SPCA (ensures the animal was treated humanly)
- Local, sustainable farms
- Free range
Where to shop?
- Local farmers markets
- Local butchers or farms
- Carnivore Meats
- Terra Nossa Farms
- Pasture to plate (Commercial Drive)
- Home on the range (Main & Broadway)
- Harkness & Co. (Broadway)
1 BOWL GRASS- FED MEATBALLS
makes 10-12 meatballs
- 1 pound organic grass-fed beef
- 1 free-range egg
- 1/3 cup GF rolled oats
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tbsp soy free seasoning sauce
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- sprinkle of sea salt & pepper
optional add in:
- 1/3 cup organic goat cheese
- Pre-heat oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Add all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl and combine well with you hands
- Form into small balls and lay them on your baking sheet
- Bake for 25-30 mins or until cooked
- Store them in a glass lock container and enjoy them with zucchini noodles, in a roasted veggie budha bowl or make them a little bigger and have them as burgers!
If you try this recipe
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think!