(45-47) Beef Tips with Rutabaga Fries and Kale Chips

My dad gave me a subscription to Natural Home for my birthday.  I received the first issue this week.  It’s hippy as all granola, but it does have some great recipes (like homemade Chèvre).

One article was written in response to a reader’s question: “I am so sad!  I just heard that dairy cows are impregnated and then the fetus is aborted so that we humans can have milk.  Is that true?  What’s the best alternative?”

They answered that no, aborting the fetus is not a common practice (Sidenote: duh. Why would farmers abort future milk producers?  Think, crunchy, think!).  But, “Calf abortion isn’t the only thing to cry over.. The calves are taken from their mothers.  Most females become milk machines.  Males wind up as veal.  The lifespan for a typical cow is 20 years.  The average milking cow is about 4 when she’s considered ‘spent’ in industry terms.  ‘There’s no retirement home for dairy cows.  Nearly 100 percent of them are taken to slaughter for beef production.'”

How sad.  Cows are eaten.

So, in honor of this article, I am blogging a recent meal I cooked with beef that came from one of my grandfather’s-in-law spent dairy cows.

Poor cow.

It was goooood.

P.S. The kale chips are ridiculously awesome.  You’ll be amazed.


Beef Tips over Rice

1-2 pounds beef tips
1 beer
1 red onion, cut into wedges
5+ cloves garlic
salt & pepper


Place meat in a crockpot.  Cover with onions and garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.  Pour in beer.  Cook on low for 6 hours, or cook on high for 4 hours.  Serve over rice.


Rutabaga Fries

1 large rutabaga, julienned
olive oil
salt & pepper


Toss rutabaga in olive oil, salt and pepper.  Roast at 450 degrees for 45 minutes or until tender.


Kale Chips

1 bunch kale, stems removed
olive oil
salt & pepper


Toss kale in olive oil, salt and pepper.  Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until leaves are crisp.


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