It's true, I'm a quitter....

As hard as it is to admit, it’s true.  I’m a quitter.  Let me clarify... I’ve quit (for the meantime) trying to make elaborate meals that take hours to prepare.  Cooking has always been something I’ve enjoyed but now having to tend to three children, I’ve had to change the way I cook.

 
 

I’ll never forget making butternut stuffed ravioli from absolute scratch. Do you know how long it takes to roll out and stuff ravioli?!  After hours of slaving in the kitchen, we finally sat down to eat and I looked at Tom with huge anticipation, “Well?!” and then I got the “Yeah, it’s okay.” answer.  

Failure.

Gone are the days of butternut squash ravioli.  Instead, every meal is still prepared from scratch, but the recipes are much more simple.  In fact, after switching to “real food” we find simple dishes the most fulfilling.

Want to know what else is fulfilling?  Raising high quality grass-fed beef for you and your family.  There is nothing we love more than taking our nightly stroll out to the cows and simply watch them “be cows” grazing on the fresh, lush grass.  There’s something so relaxing and peaceful about being out in the pasture knowing we are healing the land and making a product that is going to provide you with the nutrients your body needs to thrive.

Buying a quarter of grass-fed beef means you’ve got some cooking to do!  Depending on your cutting instructions, 30-40% of your meat will be ground beef.  

We all know the hardest part about cooking is figuring out what to make.  With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season it can be especially challenging to get supper on the table.  That’s why I love having hamburger in the freezer.  It’s so versatile and the options are endless!   To help you out, I’ve got a quick and easy recipe my family loves using hamburger.

 

BBQ Meatballs

2 lbs Nature's Pantry grass-fed hamburger

3 pastured eggs

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

Mix ingredients well and form into balls.  Place in a shallow baking pan.  Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned depending on the size of your meatballs.  While meatballs are cooking mix together:

1 1/2 cups organic ketchup

3/4 cup maple syrup (or other natural sweetener of your choice)

2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

After the meatballs have cooked for 20 minutes, remove them from the oven and pour the sauce over the top. Bake for an additional 15 minutes. 

I love to serve them with homemade au gratin potatoes and fresh green beans.

 

So whip up a pan of these delicious, easy meatballs and gather around the table with the ones you love.  After all, isn’t that what the holiday season is all about? 

What is your favorite recipe using ground beef?  Please share below!