Hail to the Animal Kingdom: Tips for Cooking Game Meats for Dinner

Are you in a dinner rut?

It happens to the best of us. You and your family get trapped in a comfortable routine, and pretty soon, you’re repeating the same five recipes every week. If you need to think outside of your culinary box, consider introducing game meats such as boar, elk and venison into your repertoire.

While many red meats are high in saturated fat, which can raise blood cholesterol and increase your risk of heart disease, game meats tend to be lower in saturated fats. A four-ounce serving of beef contains nine grams of total fat, while the same amount of venison contains only three grams. Venison is also high in protein and contains no carbohydrates, and beef has three times more cholesterol.

Check out these game meat recipes for a new twist on dinnertime!

Recipe: Slow-cooked Elk with Leek Onion Gravy

You’ll need elk loin or elk roast, one bottle of beer, one can of beef broth, butter, onions, garlic cloves, fresh sage, flour, salt and pepper for this delicious recipe that your family will be asking for again and again. Bonus, elk only has 137 calories per serving, 22.8 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and only 67 milligrams of cholesterol.

Recipe: Venison Gyros

A combination of olive oil, cumin, minced garlic, dried marjoram, rosemary, oregano, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, venison and pita breads. This recipe only takes 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook, making it perfect for a weekday.

Recipe: Wild Boar Ribs with Fig BBQ Sauce

Nobody can resist a rack of ribs! This recipe combines strong flavors like thyme, fig jam and apple cider vinegar for an unforgettable meal. Plus, boar rings in at only 136 calories per serving, with 24 grams of protein and 4 grams of fat.

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