• Health Benefits of Different Meats & Seafoods: The Power of Good Protein

    Despite the ever-changing landscape of fad diets and scientific studies, one thing has remained constant: eating good protein is a key part of a healthy diet. The American Heart Association recommends a daily portion of meat, but the type of meat depends on you and your preference. Different types of meat offer different health benefits, and our team at R&R Quality Meats is here to provide you with the rundown of what kind of meat to prepare for your next meal.

    Different types of meat offer different health benefits. One thing almost all meat offers, however, is a high concentration of protein. Protein is important, as your body uses it to repair itself, promote lean muscle mass, and provide energy. For these reasons, it’s not uncommon for individuals going to the gym to have a diet high in protein, although almost everyone can benefit from healthy, premium protein.

    A good piece of quality, unprocessed red meat, like our all-natural, grass-fed top sirloin, packs in several important vitamins along with plenty of protein. There are also two important vitamins and minerals that beef provides: vitamin B12 and iron. Particularly, the iron offered in beef is absorbed into your body much easier than alternative sources. Beef also offers a significant amount of vitamins B3 and B6, as well as zinc and selenium.

    Chicken has grown in popularity over the years, and part of the reason is its nutritional value. Leaner than red meat, chicken is still packed with protein while also offering vitamins B3, B6 and zinc. Vitamin B3 in particular, also called niacin, can improve cholesterol levels and lower your risk of cardiovascular problems. For those looking to watch their cholesterol and fat intake, buying skinless chicken breasts is the way to go. Pork is another good choice for lean protein. Pork is high in vitamin B1, which helps muscle and tissue repair. Pork also has riboflavin, which maintains skin health.

    Finally, there is seafood. Seafood is a broad category, but certain pieces of seafood in particular like salmon offer important Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 has been shown to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, reduce the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and even help visual and neurological development of infants.

    If this has made you hungry, head to R&R Quality Meats and cook something delicious tonight for dinner! Regardless of what kind of meat you decide to eat, the first choice is to decide where to get your meat. At R&R Quality Meats, we offer a wide selection of beef, pork, and chicken cuts, as well as some of the best seafood in Redding, CA. Furthermore, we sell premium meat: USDA choice, grass fed, all-natural beef; organic, local chicken; and 100% natural pork cuts. If you are going to eat meat, it makes sense to eat the best, and you can find the best at R&R Quality Meats. Find out more by calling us at (530) 241-7770 or contact us online.

     

  • Try This Great Dinner Recipe for Steak and Brassicas with Red Wine Sauce

    If you’re looking for a hearty and delicious dinner recipe that will be a big hit, this pairing of steak and brassicas with a red wine sauce is the perfect choice. If you aren’t familiar with brassicas, they are cruciferous vegetables and include baby cauliflower. This recipe takes about 45 minutes and serves four to six.

    Ingredients Needed:

    • Two 1-pound hanger steaks
    • 1 ½ pounds multicolored cut into 1-inch florets
    • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 thyme sprigs
    • 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 small shallots, minced
    • ½ cup chicken stock
    • ½ cup red wine
    • Pepper
    • Kosher salt

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss brassicas and thyme with ¼ cup olive oil in large rimmed baking sheet and generously season with salt and pepper. Spread into a layer and scatter 2 tablespoons of butter on top. Roast in oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden and tender.
    2. Heat remaining tablespoon of olive oil in large cast-iron skillet. Season steaks with salt and pepper all over. Cook steaks in skillet over moderately high heat. Turn often until thermometer reads 120 degrees in thickest part, about 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer steaks to carving board and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
    3. Do not wipe out skillet and use to cook shallots and garlic. Cook over moderate heat and stir until softened for 2 minutes. Add wine and cook for 3 minutes, scraping up any browned bits until wine almost evaporates. Add in stock and cook for about 2 minutes until slightly reduced. Remove from heat and add remaining butter, whisking gradually until emulsified, and season with salt and pepper. Carve steaks against the grain and serve with brassicas and sauce.

    R&R Quality Meats & Seafood has the best cuts of steak for all your recipes. Check out our weekly specials or give us a call at 530-241-7770.