The Wild Side Of "E"?
Today, we are stepping out of our comfort zone -- and straight into a wild, crazy recipe... One fraught with intrigue and loaded with "taboo" ingredients. Shhhhh.
Brown rice, pineapple, grapes, peaches, apples...
Whaaaaaat!? Am I leading you astray? Are we straggling and lost -- veering far off course, into the realm of evil, blood-sugar-spiking, weight-promoting foods?
Breathe easy, friends! You are soon to discover that Trim Healthy Mama isn't such a narrow path after all! This is the wild side of "E"! A delicious, fun, daring and energizing meal... and it is "on plan"!
If you are a new THM, "E Meals" can seem a bit... uh... "Terrifying"!
When I first came to Trim Healthy Mama, E meals were not so easy to figure out. Having come from years of "low-carb" dieting, the idea of intentionally creating a meal that revolved around protein and carbs (shudder!) made my heart race, my palms sweaty, and my knees weak!
Ok, so while that may be a tad melodramatic, perhaps you can relate?
For those struggling with the addition of carbs, please let me reassure you... There is no need to fear healthy, slow-burning carbs! Your body is designed to use them, and they are necessary (I repeat, they are NECESSARY) for good health!
While this meal takes a bit of work, you will find the preparation quick and relatively simple - The luxury of a crock pot meal is delightful... but this can easily be made in a cast iron Dutch oven (changes to cooking time, of course) and I often make a similar dish in my cast iron skillet... but let's address this Crock-Pot version for today!
No moose in your freezer?! Don't worry!
Living in the wilds of North Idaho, we have opportunity for wild game that many others only dream of. Moose is one such treat that leaves the family content and hoping for leftovers... though there seldom are!
For those who cannot acquire moose meat, deer and elk are great stand-ins... And for those hitting up the local grocery store - A Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast will be a family-pleaser, for sure!
I used a crock pot for this recipe, as it is a quick "fix-it-and-leave-it-alone" meal! One could also use a dutch oven and cook at 350F in a regular oven as well. (Use meat thermometer, according to directions.)
For THMs, this base meal (moose, venison or elk) with a green salad or spaghetti squash is FP, if you stick to 3 oz of meat and only 1 tsp added fat to your meal. If you eat more meat or sub with a pork roast, this meal will be an S. Either way, it is really delicious! (As you can see, I went with BUTTER!)
Precision-run households may find my title, "RunAmok Mama" to feel a tad alarming, so I'd like to offer a quick assurance that my life is more an exercise of controlled chaos than sheer pandemonium!