Ethically Raised Meat
You’ve probably noticed that I don’t write much on the subject of meat, or post meat-based recipes. I believe that most people eat more than a healthy share of it, and benefit more from knowing how to incorporate more vegetables into their diet than they do meat. It is also a heavy burden on the environment to raise and process the amount of meat that we eat as a society. That being said, I do like to eat meat on occasion, as long as it meets my particular requirements.
Sustainable. Ethical. Humane
For me, it is essential that the animals are sustainably raised on a farm that uses humane and ethical practices, that they are grass fed, and if possible, from a local farm. I choose ethically raised meat from farms that do not medicate with antibiotics or hormones, ones where the cows, pigs and chickens live healthily and happily. When these options are unavailable, I will eat vegetarian and be more than satisfied.
Unfortunately, most restaurants use only factory-farmed meat because of its price and availability. These animals live on top of one another, are sick and unhealthy and treated inhumanely. However, we are lucky enough in Tallahassee to have a handful of restaurants that use local and sustainable farms to supply ethically raised meat. Several which I know about are: Kool Beanz Café, Sage, The Miccosukee Root Cellar and Cypress, as well as Liam’s and Blue Coop just a short drive away in Thomasville.
In the past, my ‘m.o.’ was to only eat meat on the occasions when I ate at a restaurant. With some further thought, it later it occurred to me that I would be better off buying and preparing meat myself at home, giving me more control over what I was eating by purchasing only from stores or directly from farms whose practices I knew.
I am in the process of moving into a new house, and things are as hectic as can be. Last weekend I was craving some comfort food, it had been a while since I had a nice, juicy burger.
Grass-fed Beef from your Local Markets
At New Leaf Market, I found some local grass-fed beef on sale. They have great weekly sales on meat and fish. Then I proceeded in the creation of a delicious and healthy burger! I fired up the grill, made the burger patty, which was simply seasoned with Herbamare seasoned salt. Then, melted raw, organic cheddar cheese on the burger, and toasted some sprouted grain buns. I spread the buns with stone ground mustard, all-natural, fruit juice sweetened ketchup and a natural mayo. Then I sliced a red juicy tomato, an avocado and a red onion. Topped it all with sprouts and crisp romaine lettuce. Oh, and I also sautéed some cut potatoes in rice bran oil (high heat oil) and topped with sea salt.
It was all divine. I enjoyed every last bite and felt the comfort I was seeking. And, I knew that I had made good food choices for myself and the environment.