Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Grass Fed Beef Shish Kabobs

The kids and I had a magical day on Sunday.  It was one of those days that you just want to be lazy and not accomplish anything.  Nothing really went as planned but it turned out to be an amazing day.  We didn't make it out the door in time for church so we headed to Picnic Island for some fresh air and swings.  

I loved hearing those giggles and seeing these beautiful smiles

We all took a much needed nap and then Dakota and Aidric played together so sweetly while I got dinner ready.  There were lots of snuggles, giggles, and excited conversations about nothing at all.  It was the kind of day where you stop worrying about what needs to get done and just be in the moment. 

When the kids moved their party outside it was easy for me to do some grilling while I kept an eye on them.  I put the meat and veggies in the marinade and got to hang out with them and relax.  
We don't eat a ton of meat in our house but when we do I buy grass fed whenever possible.  What's so great about grass fed beef?   For starters it's lower in fat and calories than grain fed beef.  It also has up to 6 times the omega- 3s contained in grain fed beef (though this is still well below the omegas in salmon).  Those are the healthy fats needed for proper brian function, body function, nutrient absorption, and cholesterol control.  You can check out more facts about grass fed beef here.
Time also has an informative article on factors beyond nutrition- environmental benefits, lowered food born illness, and the National Cattlemen's Beef Association's denial of the benefits of grass fed beef.  It's good reading if your interested in a comparison of grain and grass fed beef.
Now back to my Shish kabobs.  My mama used to make these for us growing up so they are a little nostalgic for me.  She left hers plain and they were good but I like to think a little marinating takes things to another level!  I like to throw all of the dry ingredients in my magic bullet and grind them so they are powdery.  This really let's the flavors out.  If you want a veggie version of this just leave out the beef and bacon and add a few more veggies.  Oh yeah, I said bacon.  It's not exactly a staple in our house but every once in awhile I will buys some.  When I do I like to get the Applegate brand.  It is free of nitrates, nitrites, antibiotics, gluten and casein.  I prefer the organic kind but it was nowhere to be found this week.

Grass Fed Beef Shish Kabobs

1lb grass fed London broil
4 strips bacon
1/8 red onion
1 zucchini
1 green pepper
1 lb crimini mushrooms
bamboo skewers

2 tsp onion powder
1 ½ tsp parsley
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp basil
1 tsp dried bell pepper
½ tsp herbamare
1/8 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp celery seed
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup water
juice from one lemon

Combine all dry marinade ingredients (first 9) and blend in magic bullet (optional).

Add remaining marinade ingredients and whisk together.

Slice beef into  1-1 ½ inch cubes.

Combine half of marinade and beef in medium bowl and allow to marinate for a couple of hours.

Chop onion and pepper into 1 inch pieces.
Slice zucchini into ¼- ½ inch disks.
Wash mushrooms but leave whole.

Combine remaining marinade with veggies and marinate until ready to grill.

Heat grill on medium high (350-400).
Thread beef, mushroom, bacon, onion, zucchini and green pepper onto bamboo skewers.

Grill over medium high heat for 3-5 minutes and turn.  Grill another couple of minutes until meat is cooked as desired.

Serve as is or with a side of brown rice an spinach.

It's got the seal of approval from these kids.

What manners?

1 comment:

  1. I've been searching for some new and different grass fed steak recipes. Shish Kabobs is a great idea. My family will love it.