• Why the Mediterranean Diet is So Good for You

    The Mediterranean diet has been garnering attention since the 1960s, and it may be the healthiest diet around. Blending the basics of healthy eating with the traditional methods and seasonings of the Mediterranean, it’s less a diet than a way of life. What’s more, it’s so delicious that once you try it, you may never want to eat any other way. Experts from the scientific community agree that it’s a beneficial way of eating, but what makes it so good for you?

    • Following a Mediterranean diet helps preserve memory and can prevent cognitive decline. This way of eating provides your brain with healthy fats, and research indicates that it’s associated with a 40 percent reduction in the risk of cognitive impairment.
    • The Mediterranean diet is heart-healthy. Studies show that it greatly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, and stroke, probably because the diet has a positive effect on cardiovascular risk factors like high blood pressure and cholesterol.
    • Eating the Mediterranean way strengthens your bones. Research shows that some of the compounds in olive oil may help preserve bone density and help prevent osteoporosis.
    • People with diabetes can benefit from the Mediterranean diet. It has been proven beneficial in managing diabetes, and it may even be able to prevent type 2 diabetes. Compared to a low-fat diet, the Mediterranean diet is better at helping people lose weight and control blood sugar.
    • The Mediterranean diet can protect against depression. A study conducted in 2013 found that people who closely followed this type of diet had a 98.6 percent lower risk of developing depression.
    • High adherence to a Mediterranean diet can lower your risk of cancer. Various studies have indicated that eating this way lowers the risk of at many different cancers, including breast, colorectal, gastric, prostate, liver, head and neck cancer.

    Sold on the benefits? To start following the Mediterranean diet, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and olive oil. You should also eat fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, and a limited amount of red meat. Eat fish at least twice weekly, opting for tuna, salmon, trout, mackerel or herring, and avoiding deep-fried fish. Use herbs and spices to boost flavor without using too much salt. A glass of red wine is part of the Mediterranean diet, and sharing meals with family and friends is an important part of the lifestyle, as is being physically active.

    If you’re ready to buy some fresh seafood and get started on the Mediterranean diet, head to R&R Quality Meats and Seafood to check out our selection. At R&R Quality Meats & Seafood, you’ll always find fresh, premium meats and seafood, sourced from trusted providers. Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving the Redding, California community since 1971, providing high-quality meats and seafood along with friendly, personalized customer service. To learn more, give us a call at (530) 241-7770 or contact us through our website.

  • Instant Pot Dinners the Whole Family will Love

    Do you have an Instant Pot? A popular kitchen gadget that makes meals in a flash, it’s an invaluable tool for busy weeknights when you’ve got a family to feed. Try these tasty recipes, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can get a delicious dinner on the table.

    No matter what you decide to put in your Instant Pot, you owe it to yourself to head to R&R Quality Meats and Seafood to check out our selection. At R&R Quality Meats & Seafood, you’ll always find fresh, premium meats and seafood, sourced from trusted providers. Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving the Redding, California community since 1971, providing high-quality meats and seafood along with friendly, personalized customer service. To learn more, give us a call at (530) 241-7770 or contact us through our website.

  • Easy Weeknight Seafood Suppers

    Fall is here, and that means a flurry of activity that keeps most of us running all the time. On the weeknights, it’s hard to get inspired about making dinner, but does that mean you should have yet another frozen pizza or drive-through burger meal? Absolutely not, when we’ve got suggestions for scrumptious seafood suppers that are so quick and easy to prepare, you’ll hardly even notice you were in the kitchen.

    When you’re ready to skip the boring weeknight dinner and go for easy and delicious seafood, head to R&R Quality Meats and Seafood to check out our selection. At R&R Quality Meats & Seafood, you’ll always find fresh, premium meats and seafood, sourced from trusted providers. Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving the Redding, California community since 1971, providing high-quality meats and seafood along with friendly, personalized customer service. To learn more, give us a call at (530) 241-7770 or contact us through our website.

  • Warm, Delicious Soups to Make the Winter Cozy

    Winter is on the way, bringing chilly nights that will make you want to stay in and curl up with a warm bowl of soup or stew. Are you ready with some go-to recipes to keep you cozy when the cold weather hits? We’ve got the perfect list, no matter your tastes or cooking preferences.

    When you’re ready to whip up some warm and cozy soups and stews, head to R&R Quality Meats and Seafood to check out our selection. At R&R Quality Meats & Seafood, you’ll always find fresh, premium meats and seafood, sourced from trusted providers. Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving the Redding, California community since 1971, providing high-quality meats and seafood along with friendly, personalized customer service. To learn more, give us a call at (530) 241-7770 or contact us through our website.

  • Thinking Beyond Turkey: Putting a Twist on your Thanksgiving Main Dish

    Thanksgiving is often called “turkey day” because of its ubiquitous main dish. If you’re getting tired of the same old bird, though, why not shake things up? This year, try a different main dish that’s equally delicious.

    When it’s time to pick your holiday meats, head to R&R Quality Meats and Seafood to check out our selection. At R&R Quality Meats & Seafood, you’ll always find fresh, premium meats and seafood, sourced from trusted providers. Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving the Redding, California community since 1971, providing high-quality meats and seafood along with friendly, personalized customer service. To learn more, give us a call at (530) 241-7770 or contact us through our website.

  • Decoding Meat Labels: Which is Healthiest?

    Shopping for meat can be confusing. In addition to deciding what cut of meat you want, you also have to wade through a host of classifications like grass-fed, organic, free-range, and more. What does it all mean? Check out this handy guide, so you’ll be in the know next time you go.  

    • Grass-fed: This designation means that the cattle were raised on grass and hay, though it may not have been exclusively that way. Grass is a more natural option for cattle because their stomachs can more easily digest grass than grain, which makes grass-feeding a more natural and humane way to raise them. Grass-fed beef is leaner than grain-fed, and there’s a slight difference in flavor, with grass-fed slightly gamier. When preparing grass-fed beef, cook it no more than medium-done, because it’s leaner. Grass-fed beef is higher in healthy omega 3 fatty acids, beta carotene, and vitamin E, but there are currently no regulations regarding the use of the term.  
    • Grain-finished: Cattle that are grass-finished are raised on grass for the first six months, but then fattened on grain, typically corn or soybeans, prior to slaughter. These cattle gain weight quickly and have more marbling than grass-fed beef. About 85 percent of beef sold in the United States falls into this category, so if the label doesn’t say grass-fed, the cow was probably grain-finished.  
    • Organic: This is a legally defined term, so it is governed by strict rules. There are regular inspections to verify that meat labeled organic is being produced without synthetic fertilizer, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, irradiation, or genetically modified ingredients. However, organic doesn’t mean that the animals were grass-fed or pasture-raised, and organic cattle can be fed grain as long as it’s organically grown. Organic meats pose the lowest risk of mad cow disease because organic rules forbid feeding animal byproducts to other animals.  
    • Natural: Producers of conventionally raised animals are permitted to use the label “natural” as long as their product doesn’t contain chemical preservatives, artificial color or flavor, or any other artificial ingredient. By this definition, though, all fresh meat is natural. Much natural beef is raised sustainably, but there’s no way to know for sure because there’s no certification or inspection. 
    • Pastured: This doesn’t apply to beef but is permitted for pork and poultry products, as long as the animals have been raised on pasture. Swine and poultry can’t live on grass alone, because they’re omnivores, so this isn’t the same thing as grass-fed. 

    If you’re looking for highquality cuts of meat, head to R&R Quality Meats and Seafood to check out our selection. At R&R Quality Meats & Seafood, you’ll always find fresh, premium meats and seafood, sourced from trusted providers. Locally owned and operated, we’ve been serving the Redding, California community since 1971, providing high-quality meats and seafood along with friendly, personalized customer service. To learn more, give us a call at (530) 241-7770 or contact us through our website.

  • What is the Keto Diet?

    Low-carb diets have been around for decades. One of the latest iterations is the ketogenic diet, or keto for short. Under this plan, dieters restrict their carbohydrate intake and replace it with fat. The idea is to force the body to burn fat reserves rather getting energy from carbs. The resulting metabolic state, called ketosis, results in weight loss.

    Use the information here to help you decide if keto could be right for you.

    Benefits of Ketogenic Diets

    • Weight loss: The biggest reason people start a ketogenic diet is to lose weight. It’s ideal for people hoping to drop pounds. Keto is less suitable for athletes and bodybuilders.
    • Treatment for metabolic dysfunction: Keto largely targets harmful abdominal fat, which is beneficial for reaching your target weight and treating metabolic dysfunction so common in the West today.
    • Diabetes treatment: The keto diet helps you lose excess fat, which is closely tied to type 2 diabetes. It also helps lower insulin and blood sugar levels. In many cases, people with type 2 diabetes end up reducing or going off their medications entirely thanks to the effects of keto.
    • Heart health: The ketogenic diet reduces many risk factors for heart disease, including body fat, triglycerides, cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
    • Brain health: People with Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and brain injuries can benefit from the keto diet because it converts fat into ketones, supplying energy to the brain in the process.

    What to Eat on the Keto Diet

    If you’re interested in enjoying the benefits of keto, you must understand which foods to eat and which to avoid. In general, any high-protein, high-fat food is acceptable. Here are some examples of what to eat on the keto diet:

    • Meat, including beef, pork, poultry and lamb in all their varieties
    • Fatty fish, such as salmon, tuna, trout and mackerel
    • Animal-derived products, including eggs, butter and cheese
    • Plant fats, such as nuts, seeds, olive oil and avocados
    • Low-carb vegetables, such as tomatoes, onions, peppers and most green veggies

    Then, you should cut out as many carbohydrates as possible. Avoid eating the following when you’re on a ketogenic diet:

    • Grains, including bread, rice and pasta
    • Fruit, except for small servings of berries
    • Beans and legumes, such as lentils, chickpeas and kidney beans
    • Root vegetables, including carrots, potatoes and yams
    • Alcohol, including wine, beer and hard liquor
    • Sugary food, such as soda, juice, candy and desserts

    If you decide to try the keto diet, be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits. Then, stock up on high-quality meat to facilitate your diet. You can find all the tender and juicy cuts you’re looking for at R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. We have been serving up fresh and frozen steak, sausage, bacon, chicken and turkey since 1971. To learn more about our products, or to ask questions, please visit us in Redding, CA or call us at (530) 241-7770.

  • How to Tell Which Cut of Steak is Best

    So, you’ve found a great steak recipe, and now you’re eager to fire up the grill. Before you get cooking, you need to pick the right piece of meat. Here’s how to tell which cut of steak is best.

    Thickness

    It’s important to consider the thickness of the meat with just about any cut of steak. Thinner cuts can turn out fine, but they’re more difficult to master. Only one minute too long in the oven or on the grill could render your steak tough and hard to chew.

    Thicker steaks give you more leeway, making it easier to achieve the perfect grill marks without overcooking the meat. Shop for steaks that are at least one-inch thick, no matter your cooking method.

    Marbling

    The white lines running through a cut of steak are called marbling, another fancy name for “fat.” It’s a common mistake to think you don’t want fat in your steak. However, a fair amount of marbling will give your steak a tender, juicy flavor. As it cooks, the marbling breaks down, leaving the perfect texture and taste behind.

    Of course, you don’t want a fatty steak, either. Look for thin, even lines of marbling throughout the cut rather than chunks of fat. You can also trim white areas from the edges if you prefer.

    Cut

    Knowing what cut to look for is the most important part of telling which steak is best. Some of our favorite cuts include:

    • T-bone: This is one of the most popular cuts at steakhouses because it comes with two steaks in one: tenderloin on one side and strip steak on the other. Of course, this also makes it trickier to cook properly.
    • Porterhouse: This larger, slightly less tender version of a T-bone steak delivers savory flavors when cooked correctly. It also takes some mastery because of the two-steaks-in-one characteristic.
    • Ribeye: This cut comes with excellent marbling for superior flavor and tenderness. You can find bone-in and boneless versions, both of which are delicious.
    • Filet mignon: The royal member of the steak family, filet mignon comes from a small area of the tenderloin close to the ribs, making it extremely
    • Top sirloin: Because this cut of steak originates from a more muscular part of the animal, it turns out best when served rare or medium-rare.
    • Strip steak: This cut comes from the short loin behind the ribs, a large area of the animal that also facilitates T-bone and porterhouse steaks. It’s the most affordable cut on this list of favorites.

    With so many types of steak to choose from, you might feel overwhelmed by your options. Fortunately, you can receive the personalized advice you need from R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. Our retail location in Redding, CA is the perfect place to browse a wide selection of USDA Certified organic beef in all your favorite cuts. If you have any questions, or you want to learn more, please contact us at (530) 241-7770 today.

  • Cooking with Lamb: Recipes You’ll Love

    If you’ve never cooked with lamb before, you may feel overwhelmed when your significant other requests it for dinner. Don’t worry – cooking with lamb is easy, and with recipes ranging from extremely elegant to completely comforting, you’re sure to find just the right one for you. Here are some of our favorite lamb recipes to try.

    • Mediterranean rack of lamb: For something elegant on a special occasion, give this recipe a try. The people you serve dinner to will never guess how easy it was to make! If you’re inexperienced cooking with lamb, this is a great place to start.
    • Lamb shoulder with citrus-fennel salad: It’s hard to beat slow-roasted lamb shoulder. Don’t be intimidated by the five-hour cook time – all that means is that you get to enjoy the aroma of roasting meat all afternoon.
    • Lamb pitas with yogurt sauce: This Greek gyro-inspired recipe features deliciously spiced lamb stew meat with sliced tomato and cucumber. It’s easy to whip up in the slow cooker, and the meat freezes well if you want to make a large batch.
    • Lamb-fry: This simple stir-fry makes for a light and flavorful meal, ideally served with Indian flatbread. Spices such as garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cinnamon and cloves bring out the best in your leg of lamb.
    • Kashmiri lamb: Kashmiri cuisine combines fruits and nuts from the region with the cooking style of the Moghuls. This rich, hearty stew dish pairs beautifully with steamed rice or egg noodles.
    • Lamb and winter squash soup: This flavorful dish is perfect for a chilly day. There are many different steps to this recipe, including marinating overnight, so be sure to plan ahead. If you can’t find the delicata squash called for in this recipe, acorn or butternut will work just fine.
    • Grilled lamb chops: You can’t have a list of lamb recipes without lamb chop! This spin on an old classic features a tangy pomegranate-port reduction drizzled on top for a flavorful finish to every bite.
    • Greek pasta bake: Combine ground beef and ground lamb with pasta for non-traditional comfort food you’ll make again and again. The tang of lemon and herbs combines wonderfully with the subtle presence of cinnamon.
    • Lamb meatballs with raisin pesto: A pound of ground lamb, a handful of raisins, Greek yogurt and some herbs are all you need to make the most rewarding meatballs you have ever had.

    With these great recipes to choose from, you should have everything you need to cook up a memorable lamb dish for your family. For access to tender, juicy cuts of meat, check out the selection at R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. We have a wonderful selection of marinated and seasoned meats to get your recipe started. To learn more about our products, or to ask questions, please visit us in Redding, CA or call us at (530) 241-7770.

  • 10 Easy Low-Carb Meals that Taste Great

    One of the biggest hurdles of losing weight is the desire to eat great-tasting food. Whether you’re on a specific diet or you simply want to reduce your carbohydrate intake to lose weight, the following meals will help you realize just how easy and tasty low-carb eating can be.

    • Scrambled eggs and veggies: Enjoy this meal for breakfast or lunch. It’s rich in protein and healthy fat to keep you going. Include whatever vegetables you prefer, including tomatoes, onion, spinach or asparagus.
    • Broccoli and cheese mini omelets: When you have a little extra time on the weekend, whip up a batch of mini omelets. Single servings baked in muffin tins are perfect for grab-and-go breakfasts on hectic mornings.
    • Ground beef and bell peppers: All you need for a delicious low-carb meal is ground beef, bell pepper, onion, spinach, and your preferred spices. Sauté these together in a pan for lunch or dinner in a jiffy. Make two servings for a quick meal later.
    • Chicken lettuce wraps: The tangy flavors of chili garlic sauce and soy sauce really make this recipe special. The wraps are also paleo-approved if you’re on this specific diet.
    • Moroccan meatballs: These mouthwatering delights are made with lamb and essential Moroccan spices like paprika and The roasted pistachio garnish rounds out the dish to perfection.
    • BLT chicken salad: The next time you’re craving a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, simply add the essential ingredients to a salad, skipping the bread to keep it low-carb. The addition of grilled chicken breast makes this meal even more delicious and filling.
    • Enchilada chicken stew: For another twist on a traditionally carb-filled meal, slow cook everything you need for chicken enchiladas by following this recipe. With plenty of sauce, you can eat it as a hearty stew instead of in tortillas.
    • Enchilada chicken mango salad: Do you have some leftover chicken from the stew recipe listed above? Add this to a bowl of shredded romaine and top it with diced mango and half of an avocado to make an easy, hearty, low-carb lunch.
    • Herb crusted salmon: Salmon is among the healthiest seafood out there. This simple recipe rivals similar meals you’ll find at 5-star restaurants – and it only takes 20 minutes to make!
    • No-bun hamburgers: Who doesn’t love a good burger? If you’re eating low-carb, the bun can throw off your goals. Thankfully, you can simply whip up a few beef patties and wrap them in butter lettuce to satisfy your cravings without cheating on your diet.

    Most of the tastiest low-carb meals are meat-based. If you’re looking for all-natural chicken, wild-caught salmon and 100% grass-fed beef to include in your meals, look no further than R&R Quality Meats & Seafood. We have been serving up juicy and tender cuts of meat to our customers in Redding, CA since 1971. To learn more about our products, or to place an order, please contact us at (530) 241-7770.