Eckenfels Farms


1. Because grass-fed meat is so lean, it is also lower in calories.

2. Fat has 9 calories per gram, compared with only 4 calories for protein and carbohydrates. The greater the fat content, the greater the number of calories.

3. A 6-ounce steak from a grass-finished steer has almost 100 fewer calories than a 6-ounce steak from a grain-fed steer.

4. If you eat a typical amount of beef (66.5 pounds a year), switching to grass-fed beef will save you 17,733 calories a year without requiring any willpower or change in eating habits. If everything else in your diet remains constant, you’ll lose about six pounds a year. If all Americans switched to grass-fed meat, our national epidemic of obesity would begin to diminish. 

5. Although grass-fed meat is low in “bad” fat (including saturated fat), it gives you from two to six times more of a type of “good” fat called “omega-3 fatty acids.”

6. Omega-3 fatty acids play a vital role in every cell and system in your body. For example, of all the fats, they are the most “heart friendly.” People who have ample amounts of omega-3’s in their diet are less likely to have high blood pressure or an irregular heartbeat. Remarkably, they are 50 percent less likely to have a serious heart attack.

Easy Recipes: 

Crock pot chili

Ingredients: 1 lb. hamburger, tomato sauce, chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and chili beans

instructions: combine browned hamburger, tomato sauce, chili, garlic and onion powder to taste, and 1-2 cans of chili beans. All to simmer for several hours on medium-low setting in  the crock pot. 

Super easy to make first thing in the morning to serve for supper later in the evening. Allowing the chili to simmer over the course of the day, allows the seasoning to penetrate into the meat and sauce, giving your chili an unforgettable taste!

Homemade Sloppy Joes 

Ingredients: 1 lb. hamburger, ketsup, mustard, brown sugar, BBQ sauce, 1 can flaky biscuits and cheddar cheese

Instructions:  preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brown hamburger on low heat, once complete, then add 1 cup ketsup, 1 tbsp. mustard, 1 tbsp. brown sugar and 2 tbsp. BBQ sauce.  Stir completely together.  Stuff biscuits in muffin pan so you can then scoop a tbsp. or more into the middle of the biscuit. Top with cheddar cheese. Bake until biscuits are golden brown and cheese is melted. 

Easy chicken meals: 

Things I like to do with a whole chicken. Take frozen chicken and place in crock pot with water to cover half of the chicken; all day on medium-low setting. I then de-bone the chicken separating white meat from dark meat. The dark meat I will use for chicken noodle soup, (remembering to save the juice I drained off the chicken) I LOVE adding potatoes, carrots, (and sometimes even corn), and noodles. I will cook this on medium heat until all the vegetables and noodles have softened. 

The white meat, sometimes I freeze for other meals or I will use to make homemade chicken strips, white chicken soup, or even chicken parmesan.