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I recently had the pleasure of visiting two cattle ranches in Kansas that raise Certified Angus Beef®, and I have been on cloud nine ever since. The weekend was full of fabulous people, delectable food and a wealth of knowledge. My favorite times are the one that feed your stomach and our soul, and this weekend did not disappoint. There is something about farming that makes my heart sing.
I intrinsically know that a “window to my future” is being opened for me. However, I haven’t figured out what exactly that future is. In fact 10 years ago, I would have laughed if someone told me farming would captivated me. This City Girl never thought country life was for me. Then my daughter started riding horses at ripe old age of three. Sure I enjoyed watching her, but that was it. Fast forward four years and I started to see a glimpse of change. Farming was starting to captivate my work life not just my home life. The serenity I feel on a farm is telling me something, and I am trying to listen.
On this trip, I could not wait to visit Debbie Lyons-Blythe’s cattle ranch. She is one of the few women that own a cattle ranch and is full of guts, heart and determination. She raises Angus Beef. You have probably seen the term “Angus Beef” on a menu. Actually Angus beef refers to the type of cattle. In order to be Certified Angus Beef®, the beef has to meet a strict list of standards. They don’t just take any old Angus Beef. Debbie raises her cattle from a calf until about they are ready to go to a Feedyard. Like that of Tiffany Cattle Company.
At Tiffany Cattle Company, Shawn and Shane Tiffany are a mixture of farmer, scientist and cattle rancher. They, like Debbie, believe in sustainability and leaving the land better than they found it. This means not just feeding the cattle the best, healthy diet possible, but also rotating cover crops to help feed the animals and give back to the soil. Furthermore, the health of the cattle is paramount. A clean facility is paramount to the health of the cattle along with high quality, specially formulated feed. Healthy Cattle make healthy beef. They are in this for the long haul and want to leave a thriving farm to their children.
After our tour, we were graciously treated to the most amazing dinner out on the prairie. I felt like I was in a magazine picture. Imagine being pulled along on a hayride seeing a large white tent in the distance. As you near the tent, a gorgeous, long wood table decorated with beautiful white flower arrangements appears. Next to the tent is a real life, bona fide chuck wagon of Chef Kent Rollins. We had the most magnificent dinner on the prairie surrounded by cows, flowers and, of course, food. Be still my heart.
At home, we can also enjoy a deliciously healthy beef or steak recipe for dinner. The USDA has determined 30 cuts of beef are considered lean. That means a 3.5 oz serving must have less than 10 grams of fat, 4.5 grams saturated fat and 95 mg cholesterol. Five healthy beef cuts are considered extra-lean. This means that a 3.5 oz serving has less than 5 grams fat, 2 grams saturated fat and 95 mg cholesterol.
Extra Lean Cuts of Beef:
- Eye of Round, roast and steak
- Sirloin Tip Side Steak
- Top Round, roast and steak
- Bottom Round, roast and steak
- Top Sirloin Steak
In addition these are some of my favorite lean cuts of beef to make healthy beef recipes with:
- Chuck Shoulder Steak
- Round Tip
- Top Blade
- Ground Beef
Here are some healthy beef recipes for you to try:
- Asian Marinated Beef Roast
- Whiskey Marinated Skirt Steak
- NY Strip with Marsala Sauce
- Curry Chili Rubbed Sirloin Steak
- Meatloaf with Zucchini
- Bloody Mary Flank Steak
- Slow Cooker Corned Beef
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