Homemade Organic Grass-fed Burgers (only $8!)

The restaurant industry in San Diego is booming. In the past couple of years, several new “gourmet” burger restaurants have popped up; To name a few, Burger Lounge, the Counter, Eureka. Some of these restaurants have grass-fed burgers and others have “vegetarian-fed” burgers (whatever that means lol).

I love that restaurants are working with the “farm-table” concept and that they are using more sustainable animal meat. However, most restaurants still use cheap industrial seed oils.  Also, the price per burger is pretty expensive with tax, tip, plus add-ons like avocado and fries. On a personal note, when I eat at restaurants, I tend to eat bigger portions than I do at home. I’m totally okay with occasionally spending the money and eating at restaurants but on a weekly basis I prefer to make HOMEMADE BURGERS.

Last night, we had some friends over for dinner. I made these wowmazing homemade burgers and get this…. With all the toppings and sides they cost around $8 per person. As you can see in the picture below, this $8 meal contained: organic grass-fed patties, avocado, caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, whole wheat bun (or you can go naked style with no bun- thats how I roll) and some delicious crispy potatoes.

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Oh and did I forget to tell you that the burgers only take 20 minutes?!

Homemade Burger Recipe

Ingredients

  • Optional toppings/ sides: sweet potato fries, potato crisps, spinach, cheese, avocado, sprouts, sautéed mushrooms, roasted peppers
  • 1 lb organic ground grass-fed beef
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, Ghee, or Organic Tea Seed Oil

Method

  1. Prep any burger toppings/ sides prior to cooking the burgers.
  2. Turn on oven to 350F degrees.
  3. Place ground beef, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in mixing bowl. Mix together thoroughly with your hands.
  4. Break the beef mixture into quarters and then form each quarter into a patty with your hands. You don’t want the burgers to be too thick
  5. Pre-heat your grill-pan or cast-iron skillet to a medium-high heat. Melt ghee or coconut oil.
  6. Place burgers on the pan for 3 minutes or until the bottom is browned. Then flip the burgers and cook for another 2 minutes. Take a knife and cut into the middle of one burger. Peak inside to see if the burger is cooked through. If not, then place the burgers in the oven for 2-3 minutes or until cooked to your desired temperature. (We like ours cooked “medium” so we only leave them in the oven for 1-2 minutes)

Serves 4

In Love with Peanut Butter? Me Too

Well here it goes. I like to eat peanut butter. And almond butter. ALOT.

Growing up, I used to eat Skippy peanut butter. That was until I started to learn about nutrition. Not the kind of nutrition where you focus on the calories, but the kind of nutrition where you look at the ingredients before you look at the label.

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Here is what you will find in Skippy peanut butter:

Roasted peanuts, corn syrup solids, sugar, soy protein, hydrogenated vegetable oils (cotton seed, soybean and rapeseed) plus some fortified vitamins and minerals………

WOAH thats a lot of processed ingredients in one jar. If you eat peanut butter every day, like I do, it is important to make sure that you are choosing a peanut butter brand with good quality ingredients.

The good news is that you don’t have to give up your love for peanut butter. There are plenty of other options to choose from. Say goodbye to your childhood friends skippy and jiffy. I promise, you will be better off.

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Guidelines to a healthy peanut butter

  1. Ingredients should ONLY list: “Peanuts” *
  2. Oil should be floating on top of the butter. The should be separated**

*If you are not brave enough to go unsalted for your first jar of healthy peanut butter, then gradually change your peanut butter. Make sure to avoid added sugars AND palm oil/ safflower oil/ sunflower oil.

** If the oil and butter are separated it means that there are no artificial ingredients or binders in the peanut butter. When you open the peanut butter, stir it with a knife until the oil and butter are well-incorporated. Then put the jar in the fridge and then the butter and oil will stay combined.

My peanut butter of choice is the organic unsalted creamy peanut butter from Whole Foods. It is about $4.99 and even though it says unsalted, it still has a salty flavor. The other option is the unsalted creamy peanut butter from Trader Joes for $2.79. Or, if you are in San Diego, you can check out the options for quality peanut butters at Jimbo’s….Naturally!

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Peanut Butter goes well with just about everything. Here are my favorites:

  • Apple and peanut butter
  • Peanut butter in a smoothie… YUM!
  • Peanut butter stuffed dates
  • Peanut butter on a spoon (yes, I do this from time to time)

Eating Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat

Fat is commonly scrutinized by the conventional ‘diet & health’ world. While there are some unhealthy fats (namely trans fats) it is important to understand that we need fat in our diet.

The common thought is that “fat makes you fat,” which is actually very misleading. Fat plays several important roles in the diet:

1. It helps the body absorb the fat soluble vitamin: A,D,E & K.

2. It helps keep us full for longer. This feeling of satiety will prevent us from snacking & overeating.

3. Helps to stabilize insulin (or blood sugar) levels.

4. Plays a vital role in brain development

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Here are some examples of healthy forms of fat that you can add to your meals:

  • Olive oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Cheese (go for full fat or low-fat… choose lower caloric cheeses)

Now that you know some healthy fats to add into your diet, it would be helpful to know what fats to avoid. TRANS Fats are found in many packaged food products. You want to avoid these fats as they are linked to cancer, weight gain and diabetes. You also want to avoid vegetable oils, sunflower and safflower oils.

Small changes will help you reach your goals!