January 31, 2016    Canton, MO
US Wellness Meats Newsletter - In This Issue  

Kelley Herring - The Surprising Anti-Aging Nutrient in Red Meat 
Recipe Corner - Plantain Nachos~ a Whole30 and Paleo version of the classic nachos that are a must-have at any Super Bowl party!

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Dear John, 
Are You Ready ... ?  Second only to Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is the 2nd largest day of the year for food consumption in the United States.  Believe it or not Americans consume almost one billion chicken wings for the Super Bowl. 

While you are making preparations for the Big Game, consider these party favorites: Grass-fed cheeses (Restocked last week) make for great appetizers.  Grass-fed ground beef and burger patties, and plain or sugar-free beef franks are always a hit.  If you are looking for something a little different try our free range duck wings (sale item).  And if you want to avoid the prep work here are two pre-cooked options BBQ Boneless Short Ribs (sale item), or Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket (volume discount item).

Still looking for recipes to fill out your Super Bowl Sunday menu?  Lucky for us, past Featured Chef Marla Sarris, author of Pigskin Paleo and Los Paleo: Mexican Paleo Recipes, shared her best Paleo Super Bowl party ideas.  And if you missed Marla's featured chef recipes last year, click here to see the amazing authentic Mexican recipes she created!

In the Recipe Corner we share Mel Joulwan's Whole 30, Paleo version of classic nachos with this recipe for Plantain Nachos.   (see below) 

Red meat has been a popular topic in the world of nutrition news for the last several months. And it is disappointing that mainstream media has failed to make the distinction between, grass-fed meats and its grain-fed and processed cousins as it passes out its general sweeping criticism of "red meat".  This week Kelley Herring rushes to the defense of our grass-fed bovine friends and shares some of the important brain benefits of eating organic pasture-fed red meat.  And for more information check our her November post where she specifically debunks the World Health Organizations generalized claims about red meat and cancer.  

If you struggle with feeling fatigued, tired, or plagued with low energy, read Dr. Sears' article about the importance of certain vitamins that can give you a natural energy boost.  Also remember to retrieve your 15% off red letter discount code.
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We all age - it's a part of life.

But one of the greatest pains we can endure is to watch someone we love experience the debilitating and often rapid effects of aging. And of all the age-related conditions, the one that seems to cut the greatest wound is dementia.

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And one of these nutrients - found primarily in red meat - shows exceptional promise in the field of anti-aging. That nutrient is L-carnitine.
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Recipe Corner
Plantain Nachos
Plantain Nachos  
Author: Mel Joulwan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
Serves: 2-4; Whole30 compliant 

  • 2 green plantains 
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
Taco Meat: 
  • 1 pound ground beef 
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • minced scallions
  • jalapeño slices
  • diced avocado
  • shredded lettuce
  • chopped tomato
  • fresh lime juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Cover two large baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. Prep the plantains. Cut off both ends of the plantain, then with the tip of a sharp knife, make shallow slits lengthwise along the skin. Use your fingers to pry off the strips. With a mandoline slicer on its thinnest setting, slice the plantains into coins. Use two wooden spoons to toss the slices in a large bowl with the melted coconut oil.
  3. Bake the plantains. Use four "coins" to make each "tortilla:" Lay them flat on the baking sheet with edges slightly overlapping and sprinkle with salt. While they bake, the natural starches make them stick together. Bake for about 30 minutes until very crisp and beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and sprinkle with additional salt, if you're feeling it. Meanwhile...
  4. Make the taco meat. Heat the coconut oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium heat, about 2 minutes. Add onion and cook until softened, about 7-10 minutes. In a small bowl, mix the garlic, chili powder, cumin, coriander, oregano, cayenne, and salt. Add to the onions and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Crumble the ground beef into the pan and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Push the meat to the side of the pan and drop in the tomato paste, frying until it darkens a bit, about 3 minutes. Add the chicken broth and vinegar; stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer and cook, uncovered, 10 minutes, until the liquid has reduced and thickened. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Dig in! Pile the meat on top of the plantain chips and top with your favorite garnishes.

A Few Things You Should Know...

* Plantain chips are an excellent go-along with Chocolate Chili and the Plantain Nachos taste great with Lizard Sauce.
* Your plantains must be GREEN to make chips. If they turn yellow before you can make the chips, use this recipe instead.

* Sometimes I get lazy and just make individual chips instead of the "tostadas" made of multiple chips... and then we just eat a pile of taco meat with the chips alongside. Life is not always as beautifully crafted as photos, you feel me?! 


Thanks to Mel Joulwan at Well Fed Ingredients for a Happy Life for this fantastic recipe.  You might be surprised to learn that Mel is a retired Roller Derby girl.  She is the author of the "Well Fed" series of Paleo Recipe books.  In her own words Mel is on a mission to be a superfit, well-fed, dressed-to-kill, glossy-haired, rock-n-roll, tart-tongued detective. You can learn more about Mel by reading her blog or checking out her web site.     

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