What can I cook with my Arm Roast?

Arm Roast was definately a new one for me when we started buying our meat from the farm. What the heck is Arm Roast? An Arm Roast is part of the Chuck (which is more familiar to some). It is part of the shoulder area of the cow; and because of such, can often be tough if not cooked the right way. 

Many people braise an Arm or Chuck Roast. I'm not a fan of multiple steps when cooking... so when I discovered a great recipe where I could cook my Arm Roast in a crock pot, I was all for it. 

Balsamic-Honey Roast Beef

You'll Need:

1 Arm Roast (you don't have to worry about cutting the bone out)

1 Cup Beef Broth

1/2 Cup balsamic vinegar

1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 Tablespoon soy or Tamarind (gluten-free) sauce

1/4 cup Honey

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 teaspoons chopped garlic

Place Arm Roast into crock pot. Mix other ingredients in a bowl and then pour over your roast. This receipe will cook better at slower temperatures. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Once cooked, remove Arm Roast from crock pot and place into a serving dish. Use two forks to gently pull apart te meat. Set your bone aside to make bone broth later! Ladle about 1/2 cup of your sauce from the crock pot onto the roast. You can keep the remaining sauce to use with the rest of your meal, or put in an air tight container to use later.

 

Sides to make with this meal? If your a bread eater, you can make this on sandwhiches and use the sauce as a dipping sauce. You can also do mashed potatoes and use the sauce as a gravy. Then add some veggies on the side and you are good to go!

ENJOY!

What can I cook with my Round Steak?

Easy Crock Pot Fajitas

By: Melissa J. Powell

One of the joys, or frustrations (depending on ow you look at it), with getting a variety box of meats is that sometimes you get cuts of meat that you get to experiment with! Our family bought thirty pound boxes of meats for years from a local farm before we started our own. And, I'll admit, sometimes I would gets cuts of meat that I had no idea what to do with! 

Keeping this in mind, I will always try to include recipes in variety boxes, and post recipes here, that will help you put those cuts of meat to good use. And if you know me, you know I enjoy cooking... to an extent. I hate meals that take a lot of time to cook (over 30 minutes is not on my list), or create a big mess (like country fried steak). So, the recipes I give you will always be simple, quick, and fresh. 

The other night I opened a pack of Round Steak. Round Steaks are a pretty big cut of meat. Therefore, it's not like you can just make a steak for everyone in the family. A Round Steak is something you will most likely cut up and use in some type of steak recipe. Good uses of cut round steak are Fajitas or doing like a Hibachi Steak meal. But here today, we will introduce an easy crock pot fajita meal for the family. 

Easy Crock Pot Fajitas

You will need:

1 Pack Round Steak

1 Red Onion

2 Bell peppers (I like the red and yellow in my fajitas)

2 Tablespoons fajita seasoning

1 cup beef bone broth

First, begin by cutting your round steak into strips. The size of the strips can really depend on your prefernece. I have little ones so I try to make some smaller size slices for their little mouths. Here are my slices:

Next, cut your red onion, and your bell peppers into strips also. 

You can use store bought fajita seasoning if you wish; but homemade tastes amazing! Here is a homemade recipe that you can keep in the cupboard:

1 tbsp chili powder

1 1/2 tsp cumin

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp oregano

1/2 paprika

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Combine in bowl. Store in airtight container for up to 4 weeks.

 

In your crock pot, put your meat, onion, and peppers. Then add your seasoning & your cup of bone broth. 

Note: I like a dry fajita mix. If you prefer something more moist or saucy, add about 20 ounces of your favorite salsa to the crock pot and it will make it more saucy. 

Turn your crock pot on low for 6-7 hours (or high for 3-4 hours). As side items I usually prepare refried beans, corn, guacamole, some shredded cheese, fresh cilantro & lime, and warm flour tortillas. We use Kroger brand simple truth organic refried beans, simple truth organic canned corn, homemade guacamole, and raw milk cheddar cheese to make this a healthy meal. 

This meal is great because it is limited in carbs, high in protein, incorporates a vegetable, beans provide lots of fiber, and the guacamole provides for a healthy fat (remember: healty fats burn fats and give you energy). Just stay limited on the amount of cheese and tortillas you use.

ENJOY!

Wayward Mountain Farms

 

 

 

The Benefits of Bone Broth

Bone broth is considerd to be one of the most ancient nutritional substances on the planet! Yet, much of the general public is unaware of the health benefits to making this elixir at home. Conventional broth bought at stores is highly processed and full of sodium; not exectly the height of the health scale. But bone broth, made the right way, contains many vaulable nutrients that can not be found in other commonly eaten foods! Bone broth has even been called "nature's multivitamin!" 

Bone broth is high in minerals and chemical compounds that many of us lack. It boosts everything in your body from brain function, to immune system support, joint and muscles support, and even digestive function. Bone broth provides 19 essential and non-essential amino acids, as well as provides collagen and gelatin into your diet.

So what specifically does bone broth help?

1) Joints, Ligaments, and Bones: Collagen is the gel-like, smooth strucutre that covers and holds our bones together, allowing us to move freely. Chondroitin sulfate helps to reduce pain and infalammation, improve joint function, and slow the progression of osteoarthritis. Glucosamine aids in keeping te integrity of our cartilage, which is the cushion within our joints. Glucosamine is shown to decrease with age and often requires supplementation- so why not supplement naturally (and lower priced) with bone broth?  Glycosaminoglycans (GAG) aid in maintaining collagen and elastin within the body that we find in spaces between bones and fibers within the body. Several types of GAG's are found naturally in bone broth. Lastly, bone broth contains all of the vitamins that are essential for maintaining healthy and strong bones, including: calcium, protein, magesium, phosphorus, vitaim D, potassium, zinc, manganese, copper, boron, iron, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, and B vitamins. 

2) Digestive Health/Gut: You may have heard the news that HEALTH stems from you GUT. Many modern diseases seem to be rooted in an imbalance of microrganisms within the digestive system. GAG's are not only helpful for your joints, but they help to restore the intestinal lining. Gellatin found in bone broth, hydrophilic colloid, attracts and holds liquids and digestive juices, allowing your gut to digest foods properly. Collagen found in bone broth helps to form connective tissues and to "seal" the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract. The sealing of the GI tract will help those suffering from constipation, diarrhea, some food intolerances, and will even help you absorb nutrients better. 

3) Skin & Cellular Health: The collagen found in bone broth aids to health skin, nails, and hair. Also, hyaluronic acid aids in cell health; allowing cells to perform various functions as needed within the body. It also promotes healthy aging, cell rejuvination, and skin firmness. Bone broth also contains electrolytes to support cellular health and circulation. 

4) Illness: In 2000, a study was published in Chest, the official ournal of the American College of Chest Physicians, which studied bone broth and found that it does aid in alleviating symptoms and complications of the common cold. The amino acid, cysteine, can thin mucs within your lungs and make it easier to expell. Bone broth can also open respiratory pathways, and provides for better digestion of nutrients- which are much needed when you are ill. 

Bone broth has also bee shown to aid in the following: Improved mood, hydration, weight loss, build muscle, workout recovery aid, support of blood sugar regulation, improved sleep, minimalizes stomach acid, and even helps with bloddy noses!

It's no wonder that people have named this elixir "natures multivitamin"! 

If you are interested in learning more about bone broth, Wayward Mountain Farms will be holding a class to provide recipes and advice on how to use bone broth in every day meals. Sens us an email today to get signed up for this class! 

Head on over to www.waywardmountainfarms.com/order to purchase chicken broth birds or beef broth bones to get started on your bone broth journey today! 

Wayward Mountain Farms