Monday, February 22, 2010

Duck, Duck... MOOSE!!

This weekend was pretty ok. I was nervous about getting on the scale for the "official" Sunday weigh in considering how last week went. However, it was pretty good. I was at 238.6, which was exactly the same as Saturday. So, all in all I had a 3.8 pound loss for the week. Yay! It was strange how it came off, but it came off none the less. Good thing! I've only got 3 more pounds to make it to my quarter way mark and 8 more pounds to make it to my vacation goal. I got this!

My mom, who lives in Anchorage, sent us a package a couple of weeks ago - a pound and a half of ground moose meat and about a two pounds of ground caribou. This weekend we decided to get adventurous and cook us some Moose!
I wanted to try a recipe that would give us an opportunity to really taste the flavor of the meat. I didn't want something where other ingredients would cover up or mask the flavor or texture. After chit chatting with my mom about it and looking around online for a bit, we decided on burgers.

I made the burger patties the same way I do with ground beef or turkey. Here's the recipe I use:

1 envelope Lipton French Onion soup mix
1 large egg
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1 lb ground meat

Easy peasy! After I mixed up the meat and formed the patties, Mistee threw them on the grill. They worked really well on the grill. However, moose is very very lean. Because of that, she had an issue getting a good sear on the patties. While she worked on the grill - I threw together some baked zucchini fries. If you've never tried them, they're fantastic! Here's the recipe:

Zucchini Fries

2 medium zucchini, cut into 3 inch "sticks"
1 egg white
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Preheat oven to 450 and spray non stick spray on a medium sized cookie sheet. Mix milk and egg white and whisk. In separate bowl, mix together bread crumbs, cheese and seasonings with a fork. Dip zucchini sticks into egg mixture then coat in bread crumb mix. Place coated zucchini sticks in a single layer on to cookie sheet. Bake at 450 for 20-25 minutes. Yum!

I fixed my burger on a whole wheat sandwich round, with spinach, sprouts, provolone cheese and olive oil mayo. They turned out beautiful! Take a look!

This plate was a total of 425 calories, 38 carbs, 13 grams of fat and 44 grams of protein. How awesome is that for a burger and fries?? The burger itself was so big, I could only eat half.

Sunday, I tried to come up with another great moosey idea where I could use the left over burgers without having burgers. Spaghetti!

Awesome! I crumbled up the leftover patties from the night before and added mushrooms, fresh spinach and my favorite Full Circle organic pasta sauce. Here's a pic of the pot:

We ate this yummy concoction with whole wheat pasta ** I actually didn't have spaghetti, so this should just be called Moosey Pasta, huh?** topped with parmasean cheese and served it with asparagus. If you haven't figured out by now, we LOVE asparagus. I buy about eight pounds at a time, which lasts us a little over a week. Here's my plate of Moosey Pasta:

This plate was 346 calories, 62 carbs, 7 grams of fat and 22 grams of protein. Again, you totally can't beat that with a stick! And this time, I ate my entire plate and darn near licked it clean.

Moose - it does a body good!!


Weighting Around said...

Moose meat, huh? Glad you enjoyed it but I'll pass. The rest of the dinner sounds great but moose? No, thanks. It's not that I am squeamish about trying new food, just that I stay away from meat.

linds said...

To each their own. Ill take the straight from nature, lean, moose meat. You can have the farm raised, chemically enhanced, hormone injected beef, chicken and vegetables.

Keelie said...

Good for you--the burger looks delish.

Stephanie said...

Looks yum!! I lived in Alaska for 3years but can't say I ever tried moose! We do eat a lot of deer meat here, though!

I am definitely gonna try those zucchini fries! Thanks for sharing!

Love your blog!