Eat-That-Easter-Bunny!


Marinated Rabbit

When it comes to Easter, certain foods may come to mind, especially lambs and hams, and sweets like chocolate bunnies. But what about serving up some rrrr-abbit? Now if you have “little girls” at home, you may want to tell them it’s something else…to keep the peace and have a Happy Easter. Lol.

Rabbit…The Other White Meat

Try to be open minded about trying new foods. The amount of food a rabbit eats is minimal when compared to other animals. Now I am pretty sure though without it specified on the packaging that this was a young rabbit. The meat is pinkish in color, tender and fine-grained. Mature rabbit is tougher with a more distinct flavour and great for roasting and such.

Unfortunately, I do not have a “step by step” recipe for it at this time. I used: Kosher salt, coarse black pepper, olive oil, very little white vinegar, natural liquid smoke, plain Greek yogurt, rosemary, garlic, sherry wine and more. I wanted to add something sweet like agave or honey, but since it was going on the grill, I did not want to risk burning it. Besides, I did not add anything spicy, and I almost always offset spicy with sweet. I marinated the rabbit for about 4 hours. The flavors seeped all the way through and it was the most delicious rabbit ever with nonstop compliments. (Like Bison, this was my first time preparing rabbit, and it was absolutely delicious!) It may be possible to find a similar marinade at the store. Maybe you could marinate the rabbit on your lunch break and prepare it when home from work, etc.

Don’t forget: Blot off some of the marinade with a paper towel prior to grilling or searing. The rabbit on the plate below, was grilled for about 25 mins., turning no more than 3-4 times.

What Are The Benefits of Rabbit Meat?

Rrrrrr-abbit meat is well known for its high protein content. It is only 20 percent bone. And believe or not, it taste similar to chicken or hen, not duck as it has its unique flavor. A 3 oz. serving of rabbit meat contains 28 g of protein, more than beef or chicken. Rabbit is also a concentrated source of iron. A serving contains more than 4 mg. If you drink white wine with it (moderation), it will help your body to absorb the iron. Some of us know that vitamin C will do the same, but who wants to drink OJ with rabbit? Rabbit meat provides a wide range of minerals: Copper, zinc, iron, and the B vitamins 2, 6, and 12. The highest levels include 204 mg of phosphorous and 292 mg of potassium. When it comes to the calorie content, it is very low and it is nearly cholesterol free. The sodium content in rabbit is reasonably less too. Rabbit meat, which is a high-protein low fat diet, is not just perfect for weight loss. It also contains anti-oxidant and anti-aging components namely selenium and glutathione. Not only is rabbit healthy….but it is cheap to produce! So go get you some waabbit. ;-)

Heeey, What’s For Dinner?….BISON!!!

Why Did the “BISON” Cross the Road???…

 

Bison, for dinner? Yes, that right. I never thought that I would ever have bison on my plate, let alone, prepare it. I remember the days when I used to ride the train outdoors at the “museum” not zoo, as a little kid, and point to the buffalo….like wow …..look at that! And now I am having it for dinner??? Both of my parents eat it. My father has been eating it for years and got my mom hooked. Now mom has been pressuring….I mean… talking about all the benefits that it has to offer. It took a while, and I mean a long while before I finally decided to give it a try. Of course I had to do my own research on the matter. Anyway, I found out that bison is a lot better than beef; especially if it is grass fed and raised without hormones. However, I see why a lot of them are raised without hormones….they look like they will kill you if you even get close to them with a needle!! They just always seem to look-a-little-mean-to-me.  I do not eat beef, and haven’t had it in “several” years! For the most part, I don’t eat a lot of animal protein because for one, I believe that it contributes to the cellulite that some people have. My theory is that the body has difficulty breaking down certain meats, and thus the fat deposits ends up in places like the thighs and such. Due to this theory I feel that it is the reason why some people who exercise still cannot get rid of that cellulite. So, for years I haven’t eaten the popular: Chicken (aside from occasional Hen), Beef, or Pork except for the extremely rare occasion bacon or ham. Nevertheless, I still get plenty of protein. Hey, I am a simple person..LOL. I applaud vegans, but can never be one. Occasionally, I want/need some type of meat.

So what’s the hype about bison? It is very lean. And also, American Heart Association recommends it as a heart-healthy red meat. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. It contains less cholesterol than beef or chicken. For example, bison meat contains 2.42 g. fat, 143 calories, and 82 mg. of cholesterol per 100 grams of cooked meat. By comparison, beef has 9.28 g. fat, 211 calories, and 86 g. cholesterol. Skinless chicken contains 7.41 grams of fat, 190 calories, and 89 mg. of cholesterol.

In the store, I had difficulty looking at it, yeah, preparing and even smelling it, though it wasn’t spoiled; for years, all of my “burgers” have been veggie. But once I got over that and cooked it…..it was a very good and tasty burger!!! Seriously, it will make you want to hit something. Click here for my recipe.

Eat More “Yogurt”

It seems that yogurt has established a reputation in the U.S., as being only for females. Since when did yogurt become liken to the color pink? There is no such thing; food is food, and what matters is whether or not it is healthy. I believe that if more men eat yogurt they will have less stomach upsets or gastrointestinal stress. Men are often featured in commercials as having heartburn and indigestion. Could adding more yogurts to one’s diet help combat a lot of it? YES!! This is not to say that if you eat a burger and get heartburn, a spoonful of yogurt will get rid of it. Yogurt should be eaten on regular basics. Granted, a lot of yogurts on the market today are loaded with refined sugar, which counteracts its’ job. It is best to purchase sugar free plain yogurt. I personally prefer the full fat Greek yogurt, as I don’t believe in purchasing anything that says reduced or fat free. Yogurt is not only good for limiting the growth of yeast in the body; it is very beneficial for maintaining a healthy digestive system for everyone. It could even protect against salmonella, noro and other gastrointestinal viruses due to the fact that “good” yogurt contains a healthy amount of Lactobacillus.

Lactobacillus is a friendly bacterium that lives in our intestines. Medicines, chemicals, and the western diet rob us of the benefits of this necessary bacterium via destroying some or all of it. When that happens we have gastrointestinal distresses, and viruses invade more easily.

Many men may hate the taste of yogurt. But there are many different things that can be done with it. You can make delicious smoothies. A simple one is:

 

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  •  1 tsp vanilla,
  • A dash of peanut butter

Note: You may add honey, but careful, you may get a little sleepy!

 

Or try this recipe:

 

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt (vanilla yogurt is a good base, or add your own vanilla)
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1/2  cup blueberries
  • 1/2  cup strawberries
  • 1  small banana
  • 2 cups of ice

 

Or this:

  • 1 ripe medium banana
  • 1 cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4  cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4  cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup cracked ice
  • 1 cup sliced fresh peaches or banana slices

Preparation:

  1. Cut banana into chunks.
  2. Put banana and yogurt in a blender with peaches, orange juice and wheat germ.
  3. Add cracked ice.
  4. Blend until smooth.
  5. Serve immediately in tall glass.

 

Or how about the classic Strawberry and Banana:

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy or almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons stevia (optional)

 

And there you have it. Just remember, you cannot go wrong with yogurt and banana. Also, full fat Greek yogurt makes a great substitute for many recipes instead of sour and/or heavy cream (ex., nachos, which I love). But personally, I feel if you are taking “anything” for medicinal purposes, it is best to take it in its’ purest, natural form without mixing or enhancing it in any way. However, it is better to enhance, than not to take or eat it at all.