Thursday, August 25, 2016

Meal Prep: Delicious Ideas for the Week

In case you haven’t heard, preparing meals in big batches can be an easy and efficient way to supply meals for the workweek. This method of meal preparation is great for both single adults and families with school-aged children.

For families getting back into the groove of a new school year, it can be difficult to balance easy, cost-efficient recipes with delicious flavors and healthy nutrients. With some planning, the search for delicious, well-rounded, and healthy meals on those busy work nights will become much easier.

Meal prep is also an excellent option if you are looking to overhaul your diet. Planning and cooking your own meals can help you be more aware of what you are consuming, and it can help you stick to long-term health goals.

There can be many methods to meal prep, but we’re going to focus on delicious grilled dishes to get the most out of the warm weather. Take a peek at some of our best tips for cooking big-batch, grilled meals that you can prep for the Monday through Friday grind:

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Choose Your Meats Wisely
For some much-needed protein, incorporate healthy cuts of meat into your meal prep entrees. Chicken is an inexpensive and healthy option, but can easily dry out by the third or fourth day. Chicken thighs can be more flavorful and won’t dry out as quickly. Pork tenderloins, turkey breast, and lean cuts of beef are also great options. Salmon is the perfect addition to get some omega-3 fatty acids, which are excellent for reducing inflammation in the body and lowering cholesterol. Use marinades, spices, and rubs to maximize flavor.
Encourage Your Kids to Help
Sunday meal prep can be an excellent time to enlist some help from your kids. This can help alleviate some of the time it takes to meal prep. It will also be a great time to teach your kids cooking skills and enforce nutritional habits that they can carry into adulthood. Check out these ideas for lunchtime meal prep for teens.

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Get Those Veggies In
With prepackaged meals, boxed dinners, and plenty of fast food options on every corner, it can be hard to get those essential veggies in. This can be dangerous because you can miss out on vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber, and more. With meal prep, getting those essential nutrients in will be a breeze. Mix it up by using new veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, red onions, zucchini, squash and more. Cook them on kebabs or in a grill basket. Vegetables are delicious on the grill, so incorporate some of these grilled vegetable ideas into your meal prep boxes.
Aim for Versatility
It can be easy to get bored of having the same exact meal day after day, so build some versatility into your meal prep. Do this in a variety of ways. When you cook in bulk, split your protein into three sections. Flavor each section differently to add some “spice” into your meals. For example, cook one section in buffalo sauce for spicy wraps, one section with chipotle spices for flavorful burrito bowls, and one in a lemon sauce to pair perfectly with asparagus and potatoes. Delicious and versatile!

No matter the recipes you use, meal prep can make your weeks much easier and more enjoyable. With some efficient planning and cooking, Sunday evening meal preps will leave you with time to spend with those who matter the most!

For an array of healthy protein options and nutritious snack options to add to your workweek meals—such as our 15 different flavors of snack sticks—visit Grand Champion Meats.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Essential Grilling Tools - For Every Day of the Week







Excited to experiment with new tools and grill recipes this summer? These essential tools are capable of enhancing every weekend BBQ dish or weekday meal you grill. Check out our top tips for tools and recipes to grill every night this summer:
Monday: A Wood Plank
Grilling on a wooden plank can add a certain magic touch to a Monday-night meal. Cooking on a wood plank can leave a mild smoky flavor as well prevent food from drying out due to damp smoke from soaked wood. You can find planks in a variety of aromatic woods ranging from alder, hickory, maple, and more in groceries stores, gourmet stores, and hardware stores.


What to try: A cedar wood plank gives off a gentle flavor making it an excellent tool for seafood. Pair our salmon fillets with a cedar wood plank for this Cedar Plank-Grilled Salmon with Avocado-Orange Salsa.
Tuesday: A Basting Brush
Want to keep your food moist and add extra flavor to your grilled dinner? Use a basting brush. Try a traditional boar brush to spread the most flavor or a dishwater-safe silicone brush for easy cleaning.


What to try: Use our chicken breasts to make this intensely flavorful Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Sun-Dried Tomato Puree.
Wednesday: A Meat Thermometer
One of most simple yet incredibly useful tools in a kitchen is a meat thermometer. Since different grills and different meats cook at different rates, you will need a tool to ensure properly cooked food for a healthy (e.g. safe) and delicious meal. For properly cooked meat, remember that beef is cooked at 145 degrees, poultry at 165 degrees, pork at 160 degrees, and lamb at 145 degrees. It is also important to let the meat rest for a juicy, tender, and much more delicious meal.




What to try: Use an instant read thermometer for a big chop. Test out this Gigantic Rib-Eye Steak recipe.
Thursday: A Grilling Spatula
For a safe time flipping food, use a grilling spatula. Silicone and metal spatulas with a long handle are best for grip and durability. It’s a simple and versatile tool for the grill.


What to try: A spatula is an excellent tool to cook delicate fish fillets. Try these outrageously tasty Grilled Fish Steaks using our Walleye Filets.


Friday: A Chimney Starter
A chimney starter is a serious tool that burns hotter and drier than propane meaning that your food will be left with a smokier and crispier crunch. Grab some charcoal and get ready to grill!


What to try: For the most satisfying meal of the summer, try this Dry Aged Chimney Porterhouse.
Saturday: Meat Claws
A fun tool for the week, meat claws will make you feel like Wolverine at the grill. The sharp prongs of the meat claws are perfect for shredding meat for sandwiches, wraps, and casseroles. Use chicken for festive fajitas, pork for pulled pork sandwiches, or beef for Mexican beef sandwiches.


What to try: Grill one of our boneless pork loin roasts, and shred it for Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches.
Sunday: A Grill Basket
An excellent grill tool for lighter meals, a grill basket is an all-purpose tool that every true grill chef needs. Grill baskets come in a variety of styles: expertly shaped baskets for meatballs and sliders; long and slender baskets for corn, or half-circle baskets for the ultimate quesadilla. We recommend getting a large and all-purpose grill basket for grilling a variety of foods.


What to try: Grill baskets are especially good for grilling smaller items that would otherwise fall through your grill trap. Try this recipe for Grilled Vegetable Basket for a healthy and oh-so-delicious addition to your BBQ.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Grand Champion Meats’ Owner Kelly Gall Washa Earns ‘Master Meat Crafter’ Distinction

Grand Champion Meats’ owner and operator Kelly Gall Washa recently received the distinction of Master Meat Crafter.

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Meat Science Extension and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, offer a two-year training course focused on meat science and specialty meat product manufacture. This is the third graduating class of the Master Meat Crafter program. Through this specialized program, Kelly Gall Washa, along with 24 other individuals, earned the distinction of Master Meat Crafter.


Students of the program cover topics focused on general meat processing, fresh meats, curing meats, fermented and dried products, cooked and emulsified products, food safety and meat microbiology, and development and implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP).


The program offers the opportunity to take several meat science courses and workshops as well as an exclusive mentorship program to share knowledge with employees and peers. Students, of the course, also conduct individual research projects based in their respective processing plants. The aims of the course included providing participants with an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of meat science and meat processing principles, providing development opportunities for the growth and mobility of future meat industry leaders and innovators, and ensuring the strength, quality, and longevity of the United States meat industry.


The program was conducted by University of Wisconsin-Madison Associate Professor and Extension Meat Specialist Dr. Jeff Sindelar and was initially intended to improve the meat industry in Wisconsin. Graduates have the ability to improve their respective meat businesses, adding expertise to the mastery of meat crafting. Each graduate will be able to exhibit their expertise, knowledge, and qualifications by using a Master Meat Crafter logo to product labels, signage, and personal branding.


We are proud to announce that our owner and operator has earned this Distinction. Everyone at Grand Champion Meats is excited to see how Grand Champion will grow thanks to Kelly’s knowledge.

For more information on this program, visit the Master Meat Crafter Training Program.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Creating the Perfect Valentine's Dinner


Cooking a meal at home can be a much more romantic and more meaningful way of showing how much you care for your partner. With some help from Grand Champion Meats, your home cooked meal can be just as indulgent and delectable as a meal you would get at a fancy restaurant. In addition to creating a personal and private meal at home, you get to avoid an overcrowded and bustling restaurant. Let us help you create the perfect dinner for Valentine’s Day.
Create a Romantic Atmosphere
Every romantic and memorable dinner needs to have a little ambiance. To set the mood, fill the room with romantic lighting. Set the dimmer, string twinkling lights on the banister, set candles at the dinner table, or set the fireplace to a low roar. Another way to set a relaxing tone for the evening is to engage in a small wine tasting or indulge in a new cocktail before dinner. If you are feeling especially ambitious, create a cheese board to go with pre-dinner cocktails.

And, of course, what is a classic Valentine’s Dinner without some romantic music. Create a playlist of classic love songs or travel down memory lane with your favorite songs to set the atmosphere.
Making a Delicious and Delectable Menu
Preparing a meal at home doesn’t have to be an arduous, all-day affair. Grand Champion Meats offers an array of high-quality fresh-cut meats to help enhance any recipe including a selection of top-notch cuts of steak ranging from ribeye, porterhouse, chuck eye, T-bone, New York strip, and sirloin. It is possible to cook the perfect steak indoors without firing up the grill.

Grand Champion Meats also offers delicious seafood selections including lobster tails, scallops, shrimp, and fish fillets that can enhance Surf-and-Turf recipes or that can stand alone as a seafood dish.


Once dinner is gone, finish the night with some dessert and post-dinner drinks in front of the fire. Have a second part of the evening planned with a movie marathon. If you are feeling ambitious, bundle up and walk off your indulgent dinner in the moonlit snow.

To see the entire selection of available products, visit the Grand Champion Meats selection list. However you chose to celebrate your Valentine’s Day evening, be sure to relax and celebrate with your loved one!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Super Bowl Appetizers

The Super Bowl - it may as well be an official American Holiday! It’s debatably the biggest appetizer day of the year and, let’s be honest, you don’t want to end up with the worst appetizer at the party.


Finding something to bring can be tough, but we are here to help you out. Meat and cheese trays are always a great go-to when it comes to appetizers. A meat tray from Grand Champion Meats is filled with our assortment of award-winning meats and the finest cheeses arranged on a platter. We have small and large sizes depending on how many people you are serving.
Find a new beef or chicken dip recipe you’d like to try out? We have beef and chicken packages that work great when making your new top-secret recipe. If you need some ideas, Check out our Pinterest board for recipes like Bacon Cheeseburger Queso, Double meat dip, Reuben dip, and bacon-wrapped potato bites - when all else fails, wrap it in quality bacon.  
Really want to impress your friends and family? Cook up a Turkey or Ham for the big game ahead of time. Cut it into thin slices and serve with fresh bread, cheese, and an assortment of great sauces for the perfect halftime sandwich. We have tons of fresh choices such as boneless ham, smoked turkey, and fresh turkey. Just give Grand Champion Meats a call to reserve yours.
These are just a few options from Grand Champion Meats. Check out our website for more delicious holiday options, gift boxes, gift cards and more. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page for tons of deals and specials.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Turkey Alternatives for the Holidays


For holiday and winter meals, no other food comes to mind more prominently than a large roast turkey, but a turkey meal doesn’t satisfy every appetite. Whether you want to experiment during the holidays, diversify your palette, or if you are facing dietary restrictions, look to the options below for alternatives to turkey meals.

Turkey Alternatives

  • Pork Roast Experiment with marinades and glazes or use classic seasonal additions like apples and cinnamon to enhance the flavors of the meat and to keep the feel of a Thanksgiving feast. For those unfamiliar with preparing pork roast, visit this great guide.
  • Beef Stew Nothing says hearty and soulful like a comforting bowl of beef stew. Make this classic recipe, and you will be reminiscing for childhood nights of piping hot beef stew. Serve to your big group, and this meal will be a hit.
  • Beef Wellington This English classic is sure to impress and satisfy your guests over the holidays. It’s easier to make than it looks and will add some wonderful variety to your meal. Try this recipe from Gordon Ramsey.
  • Roast Ham Classic, delicious, and perfect for holiday gatherings, a roast ham just needs someone with some finesse and flair to carve this Christmas classic. Experiment with this Honey-Bourbon Glazed Ham or this Cranberry Glazed Roast Ham.
  • Pasta Dishes Try an alfredo pasta dish with with chicken or fresh sausage with your favorite marinara dish. Grand Champion Meats meatballs also make a great addition to classic spaghetti recipes.


Whether you are sticking to the classic turkey or you are looking to branch out with a different main dish, Grand Champion Meats offers the freshest, best tasting meat options. Don’t hesitate to ask us any questions on your holiday meals. Let’s be honest, your cooking reputation is on the line!

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bacon Delivered to Your Front Door!


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Did you know that you can have bacon delivered right to your front door? If you want we can pinch you because you are not dreaming! With Bacon Scouts, you can order from a variety of bacon flavors and other delicious meat choices from Grand Champion Meats!

We all know life gets busy, so being able to order food over the Internet can be a game changer! By using this delivery service, you will be able to comfortably order some of your favorite meats from your smartphone in the palm of your hands or on your laptop.
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You’re probably wondering, “How could this system get any better?” Well, right now if you buy 2 lbs or more of bacon from Grand Champion Meats' Foley location, your order will receive FREE SHIPPING!

If you are unfamiliar with Bacon Scouts, you simply must check it out! Live in Chicago? They’ll get you your Bacon. On vacation in Wisconsin? They’ll send meat snack sticks right to you! They will provide you the convenience of delivered meat no matter where you live in the United States! Also, you can filter your search to meet your desired requirements so you can find the right flavor, spiciness, or smokiness in your custom order!

From bacon cheddar swiss brats to thick cut hickory smoked bacon, we assure you that you will be satisfied with your order! Just think of how much better your bacon will taste when your order comes right to your door. And remember, 2 lbs of Bacon will taste even better when you realize didn’t have to pay extra for shipping!