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Beef Jerky – Part Two

IMG_9527First I must say….the beef jerky is DELICIOUS!!! I was so surprised at how simple the whole process is, and how delicious the end result turned out. Why would you ever spend the outrageous money on packaged beef jerky when you can make your own!?!? I am sold for life – on making our own beef jerky. No preservatives, you know the cut of meat, you know the source of meat, you know the spices, etc……I mean, it is a no brainer. If you missed the first part of the post, here it is for you:

Beef Jerky

We made 3 lbs of flank steak, so it didn’t all fit in the dehydrator…..so, I put some of it in the oven. This worked JUST as well. So, don’t worry if you don’t have a dehydrator…..just use your oven!

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As you can see I put the beef on a rack and had it over a aluminum foil lined baking sheet, for quicker clean-up. Some of the beef had started to brown a little from sitting in the marinade/seasonings for the roughly 36 hours.

Just 3 hours later I was delighted to see that we had PERFECT beef jerky. Made fresh from our own kitchen!! How awesome is that? It looked like beef jerky and tastes AWESOME!!!

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Our daughter LOVED it! She has enjoyed having some in her lunch or as a snack. What a delicious and nutritious treat to have! πŸ™‚

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I hope you all enjoy and try for yourself to see just how simple this is and how delicious homemade beef jerky is!!!!! Hope you have an awesome Thursday πŸ™‚

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STOP with the low fat diets PLEASE

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Today I am going to vent. I am working from home right now with the TV on in the background and all Β I ever hear is “replace the full fat with low fat” “save 40 calories” “eat this low fat cereal instead of that”….instead of that avocado eat this processed low fat bag of garbage……ARGGGHHHHHH. No no no, no no no, NO NO NOOOOO! Do not do that PLEASE! No wonder Americans are so overweight! We are all fed this inaccurate information through TV shows, internet articles, nutritionists who have bought into this whole “low fat” idea. Eating low fat is what is making us FAT. Believe me!!!

Why can’t our media just encourage us to eat REAL foods!!! If it has a label on it, put it down and run away as fast as you can….if you can’t read the ingredients on the label, throw it out…..if there are more than 5(ish) ingredients in a packaged food get rid of it. Period. Instead of a package of mini cinnamon favored rice cakes that will leave you feeling hungry 2 minutes after eating them….why not eat a banana or apple with almond/peanut butter?! Instead of eating popcorn or pretzels have an avocado….yes a whole avocado. Eat up, yummy!!!! The fats in these snacks will actually leave you feeling satisfied longer!

Some good ideas for snacks: beef jerky, avocado, apple/banana with almond/peanut butter, raw nuts and seeds, hard-boiled eggs, fresh veggies – broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, bell peppers, grilled chicken strips, kale chips, almond butter ants on a log, etc etc. Have fun with your snacks. The most important thing is to pack snacks for work so you don’t get tempted by the stuff left out in the kitchen for anyone to enjoy or the vending machine when you are desperate for a snack. And, if you don’t go to a workplace then pack snacks in your purse or car. This will eliminate your urge to stop at a convenient store, coffee shop, drive thru when you can’t stand listening to your stomach rumble anymore. You have to leave your house prepared with healthy snack choices πŸ™‚

Also, let’s talk about how many of us misread thirst as hunger. If it is 2:30/3 in the afternoon and you are at your desk at work or running kids around town from school to sports/music/etc…..I guarantee if you drink a large glass of water (cold or warm – warm water can often be very satisfying for many of us – add some lemon or honey ;-)) I bet you will satisfy yourself more than if you eat a less than desirable on-the-go snack. Drink up and wait a few minutes…if you are still feeling hungry THEN is the time to go for a healthy high fat satisfying snack. Eating a small amount of a snack with more substance will leave you more satisfied than a whole bag of potato chips πŸ˜‰ Stop eating empty foods….they do not satisfy our hunger because they are empty calories.

Wow, I feel so much better now that I vented a little πŸ™‚ Off to chop up an avocado and get back to the daily grind!!! Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

#ourprimallife #eatrealfood #fullfatsarebest #stopthislowfatgarbage