Last summer I stumbled upon our preferred method of preparing and eating steak. Since then we can’t seem to eat it any other way…it just doesn’t compare! Not to mention we’ve discovered the best place to buy our meat. I can hardly believe it has taken me this long to post this, but here it is…just in time for summer and grilling out!
We feel strongly about buying meat that comes from animals that have been raised humanely and without growth hormones or antibiotics. I won’t start a whole “to eat” or “not eat” meat debate here, but just know I come from a vegetarian background (I myself was vegetarian for 7 years as an adult, and my parents have been vegetarian for over 30 years…now vegan, and my mom is a raw vegan). I get asked all the time how or why I started back with eating meat…not the topic today, but let’s just say I’ve found the balance that agrees with me, my body and my belief system. I love a good steak, but I’m equally excited about going out to eat with my mom tonight at a raw vegan restaurant!
Back to the point of this post…we are very fortunate to only live about a 5 minute drive from Whole Foods. At first I thought Whole Foods was only a store for periodic shopping…and that there was no way we could integrate it into our food budget. After numerous visits and really getting to know their products and prices, I realized that Whole Foods is a store that carries products that are staples in our diets with prices we could afford. Yes, there are specialty items that I would never pick up (though I want to), but there are many items we purchase there for the same price as our regular grocery store or less (and of better quality ingredients). They even carry their own generic brand (365).
Many staples I buy at Whole Foods include hormone-free cream cheese, hormone-free milk, organic corn tortillas, organic popcorn, organic ketchup (less $ than my regular store), unsweetened shredded coconut, organic short grain brown rice, organic quinoa, organic lentils, hormone-free whole milk, plain yogurt, organic canned beans, canned tuna, crackers, organic mac and cheese (nice to have a few quick meals for hubby on hand when I’m not home…or that my 11 yr old can make), produce that is on sale ($1 per mango this past week), and their fresh hormone-free meat! Yes, I try to stay away from processed foods…but living in the real world and still having a toddler at home means that I love having a couple quick, easy and healthy meal options for when I’m working or out one night. It’s the exception, not the norm!
Whole Foods frequently runs specials on meat. I am able to get hormone-free chuck roast for $4.45 a pound (on sale…you can even check their sale flyers online). Another we like is their top sirloin on sale for $5.99 a pound. I walk up to the counter, place my order with the butcher and all the meat is wrapped per my specifications fresh from the display case. At least once a month they run sales on ground beef for $3.99 a pound. I can stock up and have it wrapped in 1 pound increments ready for the freezer. It comes in butcher paper, and I then put 2 of those in a 1 gallon freezer bag.
I usually buy 1.5 to 2 pounds of chuck roast per meal. I take it home and cut it into 1.5 inch cubes of meat. My hubby and place the meat on bamboo skewers while the grill heats up. I’ve always been told that chuck roast is a poor cut of meat…too tough. Well we’ve never found that to be the case with the chuck roast from WF. It is well marbled with fat. We also don’t overcook it. We grill it until it is medium rare…so that may be another trick in keeping it tender. We’re always in a hurry so we never marinate.
While the steak is grilling, I whip up our favorite dipping sauce. It is EASY, and tasty!! I found it last summer while searching online for a recipe for the white sauce they use in Japanese Hibachi restaurants. It’s not the same…fairly similar (a bit sweeter). I found it at All recipes, and it is technically labeled a shrimp sauce. We’ve used it on shrimp, fries, sweet potato fries, etc. It’s that good!!! You will definitely want to print it out and try it. Let me know what you think!
1 cup mayonnaise
3 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
2 Tbsp melted butter
3/4 tsp paprika
3/8 tsp garlic powder
Mix all ingredients, adding melted butter last. Cover and refrigerate. We usually use it right away, but it does keep for at least 5 days or so. I usually cut the recipe in half for our family of 5 so we don’t have leftovers. I haven’t tried this with homemade mayonnaise yet, but I’m sure it would only taste that much better!
Do you have any homemade sauces you can’t live without? I’ve found lately that I am quite the sauce girl….love the sauce as much or more as I do the food I’m dipping! And if you have a recipe similar to this…but tastes more like the one I’m looking for….please share it with me!
Here’s our favorite at home “date” meal…let me know if you try it!
*The meat is not skewered in the picture I’ve included, but it’s the only one I have for this recipe. Hope you don’t mind…I certainly didn’t want to put this post off any longer!