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"My crock-pot was such a waste of money" - said no one ever! 6 ingredients and a crock-pot is all you'll need to make this nutrition packed St. Paddy's Day feast:
- 3 medium carrots, washed and cut into 1-2'' pieces
- 1 onion peeled and cut into wedges
- 3 Yukon potatoes, washed and quartered
- 1 head cabbage, washed and cut into wedges
- 3 garlic cloves
- 4-5 lb grass fed corned beef brisket (reduce excess nitrates by brining your own if you feel like going the extra mile)
- 3 cups water + 1 cup reserved brining liquid, strained. If using an already brined or "corned" brisket, you can add 1 cup of beef broth for added flavor and nutrition OR use 4 cups water and add pickling spices (typically come with an already "corned" brisket).
Place carrots, onion, potatoes and garlic on the bottom of the crock-pot. Place brisket on top (depending on size of your crock-pot you may need to cut and layer the brisket to fit). Pour liquid over. Lay cabbage wedges on top of corned beef. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours until brisket and veggies are tender.
- Grass-Fed Beef: Conjugated Linoleic Acid is the star here. This coveted fatty acid has been shown to promote fat loss and preserve muscle tissue among many other powerful health benefits. CLA isn't produced in the human body and grass-fed animal proteins/dairy products are some of the best sources. CLA gets all the pub but there's a cornucopia of other vital nutrients stashed in grass-fed beef that tend to get ignored such as B vitamins, vitamin D, zinc, magnesium and more.
- Cabbage: Bet you didn't know that cabbage is a better source of vitamin C than oranges! This cruciferous veggie from the patch also loads you up with lots of bone building minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.
- Carrots: You'll get vitamin A in spades from carrots. Vitamin A is clutch when it comes to bolstering vision, immune system function and cell growth.
- Potato: What are probiotics without prebiotics? Prebiotics are what your healthy gut bacteria feed on and are stimulated by. Potatoes (especially when cooked then cooled) are a great source of resistant or non-digestible starch that serve as prebiotics or snacks for your probiotics to grow strong from.
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