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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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