Tired of wild turkey? Gasping at wild goose? Not to worry!
Just because these two protein options are, in fact, quite Paleo friendly, healthy choices, it doesn’t mean you can’t go with something a bit more off the beaten path when it comes to preparing an unforgettably delicious feast.
In fact, since the holiday season is already a special occasion, it’s quite fitting to make time to try something new. In keeping with a modern day Paleo regime, incorporating a range of humanely raised or wild animals, our options when we think outside the box are bountiful and chock full of health benefits including:
Lower in fat because they eat a natural diet and are very active.
Good source of protein and minerals such as iron and zinc.1
And, while it may be hard to stomach eating reindeer at this time of year, for obvious reasons, there are plenty of other options to choose from. Elk tenderloin, ostrich or wild boar are just a few choices to consider.
PHEASANT WITH PAN SEARED SPROUTS
- 2 whole pheasants
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 large shallots, minced
- 2 lbs Brussels sprouts
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 oz toasted pecans
- Preheat oven to 350
- Rinse, then thoroughly dry birds
- Rub half the coconut oil all over the birds
- Place on wire rack, breast side down
- Cook for about 75 – 90 minutes, flipping over halfway
- Check to see that internal temperature has reached 150F then remove from oven
- Let rest under foil tent for 15 minutes
- While birds rest, heat remaining coconut oil in cast iron skillet over medium high
- Add shallots and sauté until browned, about 4-5 minutes, stirring
- Add sprouts, cut side down and sear roughly 2 minutes before stirring
- Continue to cook sprouts until softened, 8 – 10 minutes longer
- Turn off heat, scatter pecans on top and let sit while birds are carved
- Arrange sprouts on platter with sliced pheasant on top, with pan jus drizzled over
- Serve with freshly ground black pepper
Wondering where you’re going to procure these interesting protein options, assuming they’re not routinely stocked along side the ground beef and chicken breast at your local market?
Check out Eat Wild for a nationwide list of where to source the best wild meats, game and poultry.
Happy Holiday Eating!