Friday, May 4, 2012

Bulking Up Ground Meats

I have recently started adding a few things to my ground meats - venison, chicken/turkey, and beef, haven't tried it with pork yet - to add more nutrients, flavor and bulk (making it stretch a bit farther). Here are some things that I've added and a few that people have suggested (**). This is per pound of meat:
  • 1 cup finely shredded carrot
  • 1 cup  finely chopped fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • 2-4 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 refried beans** (I'd opt for making homemade beans and then pureeing them)
  • grains such as cooked rice, cooked barley, uncooked oats, bran cereal, crushed crackers or breadcrumbs
  • finely chopped mushroom**

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