By: Allyson Meyler of Reclaiming Yesterday

Grass-fed beef and dairy are food just the way nature intended. The taste is unbelievable, but there’s more reason than that to make the switch! Compared to conventional, dairy and beef from grass-fed cows contain:

  • 2-4 times the amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Increased levels of Vitamins A, B and E.
  • Increased levels of magnesium, calcium and potassium.
  • Great source of Conjugated Linoleic Acid (or CLA, a powerful antioxidant.

Ground beef is a great place to start when making the switch to grass-fed — the key is to keep in mind that grass-fed beef is naturally much leaner than conventional beef, so it will cook faster and you will need to add some oil to the pan to brown the meat. You also won’t need to drain the beef after browning, as conventional beef requires.

This taco salad is a crowd pleaser and a great way to add in lots of beautiful summer produce!

Taco Salad with Grass-Fed Beef
Serves 4

Ingredients
For the Beef:
1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
3 Teaspoons tomato paste
1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 Teaspoon onion powder
2 Teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
1/4 Teaspoon chili powder
1/4 Cup liquid (broth or water)
Salt and pepper to taste
Olive oil for browning

For the Salad:
1/2 Cup grass-Fed cheddar, grated
1/2 Cup grass-fed sour cream
Bibb lettuce, iceberg lettuce, or combination
1 pint Cherry tomatoes, halved
2 radishes, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
1-2 avocados, sliced
1 bunch cilantro, coarsely chopped
2 limes, halved
1/2 Cup Salsa
1/4 Cup black olives, sliced
1 can Earth Fare Black Beans
1 can Earth Fare Corn Kernels (or 2 ears fresh corn, steamed and trimmed off the cob)

Directions
1. Heat a pan to medium-high heat and add olive oil and ground beef.
2. Brown beef for several minutes and add remaining ingredients (tomato paste, spice and liquid), cooking for an additional 3-4 minutes. Reserve.
3. Chop and slice the salad ingredients, then divide and arrange the ingredients between 4 plates.
4. Top with ground beef and finish with a fresh squeeze of lime.
5. Dig in and enjoy!

 


Allyson Meyler cooks, photographs, and eats the recipes found on her blog Reclaiming Yesterday. After struggling with her own health issues—and becoming frustrated with the Western medical system—Allyson took it upon herself to search for healing. She found relief through diet and lifestyle changes, and became a strong believer in food as medicine. She now shares her recipes and experiences through her blog in hopes to inspire others to get into the kitchen and take control of their health—and to eat some delicious food along the way! Follow along on Instagram and Facebook.