Category Archives: Beef

Paleo Sweet Potato Chili

Indulge yourself in a bowl of spicy chili that is full of beef and sweet potatoes. It’s thick, rich, and slightly sweet while being grain free, sugar free and dairy free. If you’re looking for a low sugar, healthy option, you won’t be disappointed with this recipe!

We’ve done this as one of our mealfit Ready meals and got amazing reviews!

Prep Time: 13-17 min

Serves: 6

Ingredients:
• 2 lbs ground beef
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 1 tsp minced garlic
• 1 large can (29.5 oz.) tomato sauce
• 2 cups petite diced tomatoes, with juice
• 3 cups beef stock
• 3 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
• 5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ tsp. thyme
• 2 tsp. salt
• 1½ tsp. black pepper
• ½ cup chili powder
• Dash of oregano
• Dash of red pepper flakes

Instructions:
• In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil, then simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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MealFit vs. Zaxby Salads

MealFit Salads in Cookeville, TN is the best option for lunch when it comes to nutrition and taste. Not to mention it’s about as quick as going to a drive in.

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SALAD BY MEALFIT!

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We know a lot of you like to grab salads, because you assume all are “healthy” at fast food joints. I mean they look it, so of course they have to be. Also, you don’t really pay attention to the price, or what you get because it is quick. Plus, if it’s healthy we automatically think it’s suppose to be priced high. Have you ever stopped to think about the salad that fast food places serve you though? What really goes in them? 

THERE’S MORE TO YOUR SALAD THAN MEETS THE EYE AT FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS

A lot of people like to order the salad because they want to “eat light” .However, you have to be careful, because the salad you just ordered could be around 1,700 calories or more. It is also probably loaded with tons of preservatives, sodium, sugar, and harmful chemicals depending on what is on it. To be honest no lettuce looks that good when, it’s that old unless.These days, many fast-food chains offer salads. But that doesn’t mean you could name much of what goes into one. How about propylene glycol? Many chains dust their salads with that chemical to keep the leaves crisp. It’s considered safe for consumption — and can also be found in antifreeze and sexual lubricants.

Yup, not kidding. Salads are total fat (and sugar) traps! Dressings can be bursting with calories, and then to top it off, the cheese, candied nuts, dried fruit, whatever else that may seem like a “light choice” is actually setting you back more than you would think!

 

 MEAT IS CHEMICALLY CLEANED…

Chemicals we normally associate with cleaning are purposefully put into fast-food meat. Why? Compounds like ammonium hydroxide can damage e. coli and other organisms. They also lower the acidity of meats and other foods, making it difficult for pathogens to survive. Is the practice safe? The USDA says yes. Does the idea of eating chemically washed meat in your salad sound good? 

MEALFIT SALADS- Where healthy means tasty!

At MealFit Salads, our salad is fresh daily. We are known for having healthy paleo, gluten free, dairy free, low carb, low sodium, and made from scratch options on our salads. 

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How It works!

  • Come in and get your to go container.

  • Make your salad as large or as small as you would like.

  • Make your way to the counter and weigh your salad.

  • Grab a Free bottled water if you are Tennessee Tech Student our staff member.

  • Also, free fruit for kids!

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Here Are Some Highlights!

  • Smoked chicken! (We smoke it right here)

  • Real Bacon.

  • 5 made from scratch dressings.

  • Mealfit famous Broccoli Salad

  • Homemade chicken salad that is made from a 3 ingredient made from scratch mayo.

  • Salad of the week. A new salad every week that has new items on the salad bar without getting rid of our classic items.

  • 4 Different kinds of fresh healthy salad greens.

  • In house made croutons.

  • Seasonal fresh cut fruits.

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We hope to see you soon at MealFit Salads.

We are centrally located in the heart of Cookeville Tennessee.

102 N Cedar Cookeville TN 38501

Hours of operation are
Tuesday – Friday 11am-2pm

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South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw

South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw
South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw

South American Ridiculous Beef with Hot Slaw. Both are amazing. I have requests by friends of mine when we have get togethers for me to make both of these.

You must try this at home. Let me know how this turns out for you guys.

Prep Time: 20 min

Serves: 6

Ingredients
• 2 lbs. skirt steak, sliced thin (or sirloin steak)
• 1 lb. bacon
• 3 large onions
• ¼ c. water
• 3 bell peppers sliced (mix of colors)
• 1 jalapeno (optional)
• 10 oz. chorizo
• 1 ½ tsp. salt
• 1 ½ tsp. Tony Chachere’s seasoning

Marinade:
• ¼ c. lime juice
• ¼ c. water
• 1 tsp. salt
• Cilantro (optional)

Slaw:
• 8 slices of bacon
• 2 bags of coleslaw mix
• 1/2 tsp. salt
• 1 tsp. butter or coconut oil

Instructions
• Marinate the steak. (Overnight is best)
• Preheat oven to 250.
• Heat a skillet to medium high, brown steak and place in an oven-safe dish.
• Reduce the skillet heat to medium/medium low and cook the bacon. Reserve the bacon grease in a bowl and place the bacon in the same dish as steak.
• Raise the skillet heat to medium high and add back 3 tablespoons of bacon fat and sauté the onions, chorizo and peppers to skillet and cook together until the peppers are tender.
• Add the mixture to the meat dish and add the salt and Tony’s.
• Thoroughly mix the ingredients and allow it to sit in the oven COVERED for one hour on 250. (if you let it go longer it is fine. Cover with tin foil if your dish does not have a lid.

Slaw:
• Fry the bacon and set aside.
• While the bacon grease is still hot, toss in the slaw and mix until wilted.
• Add the salt about half way through.
• Add the extra coconut oil if needed.

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Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto is 1,000 times better than the store bought stuff. Check out the MealFit recipe for homemade Pesto below. Every one loved this at MealFit ready, and it is best Pesto you will ever eat. Now you can make it at home for your family! Here is a simple recipe. Note that pesto is always made to taste, based on the ingredients at hand. So adjust the ingredients to your taste.You may add cheese and peppers to the top for garnishment, like the one below.

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Pesto

  • ¾ c. FRESH Basil
  • 3 tbsp of Pine Nuts
  • 1 Garlic Clove
  • ¾ tsp Lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor
  • When combined, slowly add in Olive Oil.
  • Enjoy!

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Delicious Gluten Free Meatloaf

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GLUTEN FREE MEATLOAF RECIPE

 

We hadn’t heard of it, so we decided to do it. This DIY Video and Recipe will show you how to make meatloaf, the gluten free way. It’s delicious, healthy, and easy. We hope you love it as much as we do. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 Stalks of Celery diced.
  • Sauté until soft but not brown
  • 2 lbs of Ground Beef.
  • 1 tbsp of parsley
  • 1 tbsp of Fresh thyme
  • 1 tbsp of Green onions
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 C of Milk
  • 2 tbsp of Salt and pepper mix

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Directions :

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In your largest sauté pan, heat the 2 tablespoons olive oil. When it is hot add the onion and celery. Cook for 5 minutes until the onion is soft but not brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add ground beef, parsley, thyme, green onions, eggs, milk, Pork rinds, salt and pepper.
  • Add the onion and celery mixture. Combine the meat with your hands. Spray your pan with olive oil to keep from sticking. Use your hands to pat the meat into a flat rectangle. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes

  • Remove from the oven and let rest for a few minutes before slicing.

Super Yummy!

 

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6 Slow Cooker Soups You Will Love

Do you find yourself wanting a savory home cooked meal at the end of a long day… only to realize you are to tired or too busy to cook? Well we have the solution to your problem!

Here is a list of chart topping slow cooker soup recipes that are simple to make, taste great, and will save you tons of time. And the best part is that dinner will be ready and waiting when you walk through the door.
(Also, these Slow Cooker liners are a game changer in our home when it comes to clean up)

1. Slow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Nom Nom PaleoSlow Cooker Cheater Pork Stew by Nom Nom Paleo

This is a great hearty stew that goes together quickly. We bet your whole family will love this one! Get the recipe here.

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2. Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup by Cooking Classy

Chicken Noodle by Cooking Classy

This is a great comfort food that is wonderful for everyday and even better with you are under the weather. Get the recipe here. If you are watching your carbs, learn to make zucchini noodles here. 

 

3. Slow Cooker Cioppino by The Seasoned Mom

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This is an easy, family-friendly slow cooker seafood soup that is full of lean protein, nutritious vegetables, and fresh Italian flavors. It’s a one-pot meal that the entire family will love! Get the recipe here.

 

4. Chicken Tortilla Soup by Back to Her Roots

Totilla Soup by Back to her roots

Are you looking to throw a little spice into your life? This flavor packed tortilla soup will absolutely hit the spot! We bet you will go for seconds! Get the recipe here.

 

5. Beef Enchilada Soup by The Weary Chef

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Craving enchiladas for dinner? This is the easiest way to enjoy beef enchiladas with the whole family! Get the recipe here.

 

6. Chicken Tikka Masala by The Roasted Root

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This is a twist on a classic Indian dish of tender chicken lavished in creamy tomato Indian-spiced sauce. Give this one a shot and you will not be disappointed! Get the recipe here.

 

BONUS RECIPE!!!!

Cheeseburger Soup by Creme de la Crumb

Cheese Burger Soup by Creme de la Crumb

Now if you are strict Paleo, Zone, or Whole30, this may not be one for your… but we are sure you know someone who would love it! Get the recipe here.

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7 One Dish Paleo Meals

If you’re like me, you hate having so many dirty dishes after cooking a meal. How convenient does it sound to just throw everything into one dish and cook it all together? AMAZING. I’ve put together a list of 7 delicious one pot meals you’ve got to try.

Click each meal for the recipe.

1. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken by Primal Plate butter chicken

2. Skirt Steak Fajitas by Prevention  

3. Slow Cooker Chicken Stew by The Earthy Mama slow cooker chicken stew

4. Mexican Chicken Stir Fry by Sweet C’s Designs stir

5. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats by Skinny Taste Chicken-Enchilada-Stuffed-Zucchini Would you like to try a FREE Week of MealFit?

6. Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps by The Comfort of Cooking
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7. One Pan Crispy Chicken Legs & Brussel Sprouts by So Let’s Hang Out
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Try some of these out! Comment below and tell us your favorite, or share your best one pot dish. Enjoy!

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5 Paleo Meals in Less Than 30 Minutes

We’re all busy and we all get hungry. Sometimes we get hungry and can’t wait very long to get our dinner.

It wouldn’t be a smart idea to go get fast food through a drive through because then we’ll binge on highly refined carbs, lots of sodium, and bad fat.

Below is a list of paleo meals that can be made in 30 minutes or less. Try them out next time you’re in a pinch!

1. Paleo Taco Salad (minus the taco)
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2. Paleo Chicken Tenders
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3. Grilled Mustard Sliders on Top of Fritter Cups
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4. Stuffed Squash
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Paleo Grubs

5. Paleo Sweet and Sour Meatballs
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Best Paleo Chili Ever

Paleo eating seems to be the hot thing now with the likes of Lebron James taking it up a year or so ago, it seems to be getting more and more publicity.

I would love to say we are super strict paleo in our home but that is not the case.

We are mostly Paleo but we do slip in an out of the paleo lifestyle on occasion.

In my opinion Chili is one of the worlds most perfect foods.
It has…

  • Great Protein and Fat or Low fat (Beef, Turkey, Venison, ect.)
  • Great Carbs (tomatoes, beans, or sweet potatoes, and carrots)
  • Most importantly it is in one pot.  Easy to make and not time consuming

My kids crush chili every time we make it so we make it a lot.

There are tons of people out there in the paleo community who get frustrated because they cannot eat beans on the paleo diet, thus they cannot have chili. This Chili recipe is Strict Paleo.  So all the paleo people rejoice!!!

 

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In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
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• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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Serves about 6

.• 2 lbs. ground beef
• 1 red onion, chopped
• 1 tsp. minced garlic
• 1 large can (29.5 oz.) can tomato sauce
• 2 c. petite diced tomatoes, with juice
• 3 c. beef stock
• 3 carrots, chopped (about 1 cup)
• 5 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ tsp. thyme
• 2 tsp. salt
• 1½ tsp. black pepper
• 2 tbsp chili powder
• Dash of oregano
• Dash of red pepper flakes

• In a large saucepan, brown ground beef, onions and garlic. Drain off the fat.
• Add the remaining ingredients to the saucepan. Mix well, bring to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes or until the sweet potatoes and carrots are cooked through.

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Do Processed Meats Cause Cancer?

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Deli Meats Have Added Nitrates

If you haven’t already heard, the most recent study conducted by the WHO Administration has found a link between processed red meats and cancer.

Conclusions like this were bound to make national headlines, with various news outlets and independent food blogs calling for the end of processed meats, as well as the exorcism of all meats in a family fridge. However, are these claims something we should really be scared about? Are these claims worthy enough for us to throw away all the red meat we bought for the upcoming weekend’s NFL games? I don’t think so, and here’s why.

1. There is a link, but it is very small and very minuscule. 

The WHO can say, “there is a link between processed meats and cancer” even if there is the slightest hint of a connection. And that’s what they did. The connection that has been made between processed red meats and its cancer-causing effects are real, but they are very small. Compare cigarette smoking for instance. Smoking a cigarette raises your risk of lung cancer by 2,500%. That’s significant.

Now, compare that to processed red meats, in which a diet (of too much) processed red

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Moderation is King

meats can increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. Now, don’t get me wrong, 18% is still 18% too high in terms of risking your life, but what are the important takeaways?

2. Moderation is KING!

Moderation is not just key, it’s KING.

Eating everything in moderation is the secret to sustaining balance not only in your diet, but also in your body. So does processed red meat cause an increase in the risk of cancer? Yes, but only if you’re consuming too much of it to begin with. If you’re having bacon with every single meal (which, honestly, doesn’t sound like a terrible idea), then yes, your risk of cancer will rise, simply due to the fact that you are placing a greater proportion of that substance in your body. The same goes for fruit. The more fruit you put into your body, the greater your odds are for developing a higher blood sugar level, simply because more fruit equals more sugar.

3. Don’t Let This Frighten You

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How dangerous are processed meats?

The real enemy here, in terms of processed meats, are added nitrates. Added nitrates are what is used in processed deli meats to preserve the shelf life of said product. So in actuality, it isn’t the meat itself that is the main culprit, it’s the nitrates. What do nitrates to do the body? It’s simple. Physiologically, once nitrates enter your bloodstream, they begin to morph some of your cells into different cells, some of these cells can be morphed into cancer cells. It’s that easy and dangerous. Try a week of FREE Meal Planning on us!

So, next time you see a headline reading, “BACON TAKES 10 YEARS OFF YOUR LIFE!”, stay calm and do your research, you may find that the article you’re reading is just a bunch of click bait.

Enjoy your beef, enjoy your red meats, eat in moderation, and stay away from added nitrates!

QUESTION: Are the recent findings about processed meat going to hinder your consumption of these meats? If yes, let me know your specific reasons in the comments.