Monthly Archives: May 2012

On Beef

I am a meat-eater. I like beef.  I am a busy, working mom.  My motto is “fail to plan, plan to fail”.  I like to make things quick, simple, convenient and healthy.  One way I do this, is buying ground-beef in bulk.  I pre-pack burgers, meatballs and 1lb packs of beef.  I use the recipe below to mix the meat.  This way, I don’t have to mess with spices, and such when I’m making dinner.  Plus, everything is separated and once I take it out of the freezer in the morning, all I have to do is COOK super.  No messing around.  Witching hour is tough enough.  I find if I don’t use this recipe, plain ground beef is drier than a popcorn fart (it’s my dad’s saying…don’t ask).

1lb Ground Beef

1/4 Cup Water

1 Egg

1 Tsp. Salt

1/2 Tsp. Pepper

1/4 Cup Onion (diced fine so kids can’t tell it’s in there)

And a dash of anything else your family likes.

You can double, triple quadruple this recipe.  It takes 1/2 hour to pre-package weeks worth of meals.  You can get extra ambitious and head out to Messinger Meats and buy hormone and chemical free meat.

Treat yourself to these little scoopers things too.  I bought mine at Winners.  I think they are actually muffin scoops.  I use them to make perfectly even sized EVERYTHING.  Muffins, cookies, burger patties, meatballs.  The list goes on.  It’s a great investment for your kitchen.

Back to the meat recipe.  Use the scoops to form meatballs/burgers.  Lay some parchment paper, or wax paper on a cookie sheet.  Form your beef and put the sheet in the freezer.  When they are frozen make your pre-packs of meatballs and burgers.  Easy peasy.

I make sweet & sour meatballs, spaghetti sauce with meatballs, swedish meatballs with potatoes and gravy.  For the meatballs…bake 7 mins at 375F, turn and bake another 7mins.  You can fry em.  You can brown ’em and then bake em.  Let your imagination run wild.  Burgers are pretty self-explanatory.  I’m sure you’ve cooked a million of them.

Try it out.  The oatmeal gives some grains to your meal, and also helps fill you up.  Let me know how you like it!

In case you are wondering…that is a tiny pig on top of my Tassimo.  I like a little pork too. HAHA

Credit:  My mother-in-law, Maryann Hammond

Obesity

According to the Centre for Science in the Public Interest, out of five Canadian adults, one is obese, two are overweight and two are normal weight.  Among children, one out of four are overweight or obese.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 37.5% of U.S. adults are obese.  Not overweight, obese.  Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of death.  “They” don’t know how to stop it, or fix it. 

In January, I was desperate.  My BMI (Body Mass Index) was putting me in the “Obese” class.  I wasn’t the heaviest I have been, but it was just around the corner…again!  After much research, I tried what I thought was an insanely crazy diet.  But all the science and reasoning behind it made perfect sense to me.  I understood why it was going to work and release me from the crazy cycle of yo-yo dieting.  Within two weeks I lost inches off my body in places I NEVER lose inches on any other diet.  Within 39 days I released 30 lbs and 35″ off my body.  I lost 7″ alone around my rib cage.  Two weeks into my program I joined the Canadian Obesity Network.  I emailed dozens of local doctors, nutritionists, personal trainers.  I wanted their opinion on this program and why obese people aren’t given this option as a means of working towards a healthy weight.  Why is “Gastric Bypass Surgery” the prescription for obese people when there is a safe, effective and non-evasive option?  Gastric Bypass Surgery doesn’t even solve the root of the problem (addiction), and many of these people gain all their weight back.  Needless to say, I didn’t get one response from anyone local. 

I’ve taken matters into my own hands and have been very busy working on something fabulous.  Stay tuned….

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