Not for the light stomached. Do feel free to skip this post if you have a sensitive and queasy stomach.
One of Crossfit Portland’s trainers, Adam, was gracious enough to invite us over for some meateats!
This gathering was unique. Adam’s parents own a ranch in eastern Oregon. This gives him easy access to a lot of different parts of the animal. Not only cuts of meat, but the entire cow. We’re talking about the heart, kidneys, lungs, and brains. The brain is actually a very nutritionally dense organ. In regards to the other nutritional information of the other organs, Scott is a great person to talk to about that. He was the one who cooked or not cooked the organs for this OrganFest. Because this specific cow came from a trusted source, we tried some brain uncooked.
The heart is basically a large muscle and that’s what it tasted. Nothing bizarre tasting, it tasted like beef.
The kidney kabobs were pretty good. They tasted like gizzards.
The lung kabobs…not so much. Since it was grilled or baked, it turned out chewy and elastic-like, which is what you would think lung should be.
Kidneys sauteed in onions was great! Like the kabobs they had the same consistency as gizzard.
Spicy lung with brussel sprouts was not my favorite; but not as chewy as the grilled kabobs.
Pan-fried brain actually tasted a little like scrambled eggs, not bad if you can get over the fact that it is brain.
We did build up the guts to try the brain raw. That was an experience where it required very little time to think about it. You have to just do it and pop it in your mouth. It actually wasn’t that bad. Tasted like soft tofu…
We did have an adverse reaction to the lung…
But overall this OrganFest experience was something we will never forget!
It’s good to step out of your comfort zone every once in a while and try something new. Thanks Scott for cooking and Adam for hosting!
Filed under: MEAT DOWNS
A long time member of Crossfit Portland and friend of ours, Jim and his wife Kristin, hosted our first MEAT DOWN.
Meat Downs are when Paleo Foodies come together at someone’s house and share a home cooked meal. These will be a little different from other posts. It’s more of an experience in spending time with good company and appreciating a good home cooked Paleo friendly meal. Of course we’ll still highlight the meat that was consumed. Some recipes will be posted as well. This way you can host a Paleo friendly dinner with friends and family so they can actually experience Paleo instead of thinking you’re just crazy! :)
Where? Jim and Kristin’s house.
This is the pic from the Bacon Explosion website. And yes, Jim made one and I unfortunately didn’t get a picture. But it really did look just like this one and it was DELICIOUS! Check it out if you haven’t!
Mediterranean Salad and Pork Roast (sliced)
Thank you to Kristin for the recipe!
Mediterranean Salad Stuff – Super easy to make:
In a large bowl combine:
1 cup – Artichoke hearts, the marinated hearts in a jar are great!
1 cup – Grape tomatoes
1/2 cup – Kalmata olives
1 Tbsp – Capers
3 – Whole garlic gloves
1 tsp – Fresh chopped Rosemary
1 Tblsp – Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tblsp – Olive oil
1 Tblsp – Fresh Lemon juice
Salt and Pepper to taste. All ingredients can be increased or decreased to taste as well!
Toss together and pour mixture over chicken breasts (or other protein) in a shallow baking pan.
Bake 1 hour at 375 deg. or until meat is cooked.
Great food, Great people, it doesn’t get much better than that. Thanks Kristin and Jim!
Where will our next MEAT DOWN be? Stay tuned!