Thursday, January 23, 2014

Paleo Venison, Mushroom and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Wraps

Sunday night, following a rough week for my sports teams (wisconsin, bruins & patriots), Mr. Bennett and I decided to cook dinner, paleo style. Yes, ladies and gents, this is the first diet meal that's been forced on him, but I do say we did it his way a bit.

Being the caveman diet, it seemed only natural that we use some of the Venison meat he hunted himself this past. Yes, ladies, he's that handy, killing our dinner and all. So I was tasked with finding a recipe that called for ground meat, as that was the cut we had. After perusing a few websites and googling some more, we landed on these Venison Lettuce Wraps. 

While they weren't as good as our last dinner (Greek Style Garlicky Shrimp), pre-paleo diet, I'd say we did just fine.

I'd also like to pay homage to Mr. Bennett's food processor, which he isn't we used instead of just finely chopping. [I can be a bit lazy when it comes to pulling out fancy tools, even if its just my mini food processor on a Sunday night]. And as soon as I saw him work this contraption I knew why he insisted: it works like starting a lawn mower. I'm fairly certainly it just made him feel manly.

p.s. I also though the dish was kind of pretty while it was cooking. Just saying.

Asian Ground Venison, Mushroom and Broccoli Slaw Lettuce Cups
(adapted from NomNomPaleo)

1 lb Ground Venison Meat
1 lb Thinly Sliced Mushrooms, we used Shittake
1 small Onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp Olive Oil
3 cloves Garlic, minced
1-2 cups Broccoli Slaw
1/2 cup Shredded Carrots
2 Scallions, thinly sliced
Handful of Cilantro, coarsley chopped
1 -2 tbsps of Fish Sauce, we didn't have any but I would recommend for some extra flavoring it could have used
1 -2 tbsps Apple Cider Vinegar
1 -2 tbsps Coconut Aminos, we used Soy because a little teeny tiny bit of soy isn't going to kill my Paleo diet
Kosher Salt
Freshly Ground Pepper, from Mr. Bennett's mill that is taller than me

1. Finely chop the onion, recommend a good pulverizing and then sauté with olive oil on medium heat until translucent. 
2. Add mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Allow moisture to cook off. 
3. Add minced garlic and stir everything for 30 seconds
4. Add ground meat and brown.
5. Add fish sauce, apple cider vinegar and aminos/soy sauce.
6. Once the meat is cooked and seasoned, add the broccoli slaw and carrots and stir around to soften.
7. Add scallions and cilantro.
8. Spoon mixture into lettuce cups and enjoy!

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