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Homemade Lunch Meat


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

We had a bit of extra grocery money this week... money that is usually allocated to eating out on date night. This week, because we are trying to be simultaneously healthier and more frugal, the bf and I agreed it would be better to spend that money on something home-cooked. We also decided to make our date a trip to the zoo (which is free, since we're members), complete with a pre-packed lunch. He always says, sweetly, that he enjoys my cooking more than any restaurant (d'awww). I'm so, so lucky to have a bf who not only supports my healthy lifestyle changes, but is also on the same page with his own fitness and nutrition goals.

So we went to Whole Foods today and picked up a giant, local, 100% grass-fed eye round roast. It's gorgeous. I decided to look up how to make homemade lunch meat for our zoo picnic. We hate the price of natural/nitrate-free lunch meat, and the sodium involved in that... plus it's impossible to find grass-fed deli beef, and sometimes you just want some beef ;)

Beef Lunch Meat Recipe: tinyurl.com/ybl9m
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(Click to see why I eat only grass-fed beef): tinyurl.com/bzsbb
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I followed this recipe exactly, and after 56 minutes, I had 3.24 lb of the most DELICIOUS, grass-fed roast beef for less than the price of the pre-cooked, grain-fed, nitrate-laden deli meat.

(bf's reaction seeing a juicy, medium-rare roast come out of the oven: "You're mine forever.")
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SO GOOD!! I used onion powder, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, and a little paprika, cayenne, cumin, and curry powder. Best. Flavor. Ever. Next time I will need to have more patience to slice it thinner (I used an electric knife, but I could have been more precise). Overall...

HUGE SUCCESS! Now we can make..
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Sandwiches; this is what our "sandwiches" look like, because we don't eat most grains.
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This revelation--that I can make my own lunch meat--is incredibly empowering. I don't have to deal with sodium or high prices, and I can spice it to suit our tastes. It completely simplifies lunches and snacks, and gives me a frozen protein source for leaner times. This will be a new staple around here.

Next week I'm making roasted turkey breast with a crust of curry powder, garlic, ginger, and sriracha!~

Turkey Lunch Meat Recipe: tinyurl.com/b4ydo
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NEWKATHYNOW 4/25/2013 8:23PM

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PRAIRIECROCUS 4/25/2013 5:44PM

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FLMOMX2 4/25/2013 2:08PM

    Great idea

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BOOKWORM27S 4/25/2013 1:15PM

    What a great idea! No nitrates!

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GEEKYGIRLCHERYL 4/25/2013 10:37AM

    Great post and thanks for sharing. It is something I've been wanting to do for a while.

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KICK-SS 4/25/2013 1:21AM

    I always make my own "lunch meat" from a roast, pork, ham, beef, turkey - it's sooo much better and it's fresh. And it freezes well too, the deli meats in the stores don't even freeze very well. I had an old slicer here from when I had a bread machine, so I can slice the meat whatever thickness I want.

The flavors are the best!!

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IMREITE 4/25/2013 12:22AM

    in the past i would get a free ham or turkey from work. i never used it for me. when i was single or now that i am married, it is just too much food. but we now have a foos saver so 1 weekend i roasted a 10 lb turkey. it took about 4 hours, i did not use and salt or artificial extras. i then had turkey tacos, a couple turkey and broccoli casseroles, sandwhiches ()so much better then sliced gorcery store stuff, and turkey sloppy-joes. it is amazing how much better stuff is when we make it from scratch.

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DJ4HEALTH 4/24/2013 11:45PM

    THAT LOOKS SOOOOO GOOOD!!

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OPTIMIST1948 4/24/2013 8:07PM

    I almost never buy deli for exactly that reason. Chicken breast $1.99/ - Chicken salad $4/lb. My mama didnt raise no fools....

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KIPPER15 4/24/2013 7:39PM

    Lovely looking roasts!. I am very lucky to have a turkey and chicken farm nearby that raises "clean" birds and I get my beef from my brother's farm so I know there are not drugs and the feed is natural. Keeps the cost way down too. I know what you mean about buying other processed meats. sandwiches look great! emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/24/2013 7:11PM

    Looks delicious! I love roasted meats. And less salt, too! It is wonderful that you have a bf that supports and shares your healthy habits :)

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_BABE_ 4/24/2013 6:37PM

    I agree roasts are the way to go....luncheon meat is not... emoticon

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MJ7DM33 4/24/2013 6:17PM

  WTG! Looks great! Thx for sharing!

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LIVINGDEAD_GIRL 4/24/2013 5:59PM

    OMG that looks so good! Is shopping at Whole Foods expensive? I've been contemplating shopping there to get some items w/out soy, corn and canola. Also thank you for showing the difference of grass fed and grain fed, here I was thinking I was going good getting grain fed meat that states it has no hormones or antibiotics in it, but never says anything about GMO's.

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PLANTAGO 4/24/2013 5:29PM

    Thanks for sharing the poster about cattle. YUCK! Candy and chicken litter and bakery waste!!
Your roast beef looks extremely yummy. I don't eat meat but I still cook it for my family. I will make them a lovely roast of lean pork this week (with marjoram, black pepper and garlic, as is traditional in my country)

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ALISHAB3 4/24/2013 5:17PM

    I must try this myself. I have such a hard time getting the slices thin enough. emoticon

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KIKKI-G 4/24/2013 5:09PM

    Mmmm...thanks for this, i'm a total sandwich lover and am starting to get my eyes opened to all the bad stuff in store bought meats.


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BARBARASDIET 4/24/2013 4:49PM

    mmm, roast beef....


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MSLEO88 4/24/2013 4:43PM

    That looks yummy. Good job! I want a sandwich

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