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Portuguese Presunto

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If you look up the definition of presunto, you will find that presunto is dry-cured ham from Portugal, similar to Spanish jamón or Italian prosciutto crudo. Among the wide variety of presuntos in Portugal, the most famous are presunto from Chaves, produced in the north of Portugal, and that from the Alentejo, in the south, made from local Alentejano pigs, even though, presunto is delicious no matter where you go in Portugal, be it the mainland or the islands. What is great about presunto is how versatile it can be. You can just have it as a snack or as a entree. It allows you to be very creative when it comes to creating antipasto recipes. It is delicious on sandwiches – and the number of sandwiches you can create with presunto is endless. The good news is: you don’t need to travel to Portugal to enjoy delicious presunto. Pavão Meats has it for you. Share with us your ideas!

Essential steps to make a meat Paella

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Traditionally, Paella, a dish that comes from the Spanish region of Valencia, consists of rice, meat and seafood. However, some people are not fans of seafood or may be allergic to it. So, what to do in this case? You can definitely make Paella with just meat: chicken, chorizo and beef! And it is quite delicious! There are 3 basic ingredients that you need to have in your cupboard in order to make authentic Spanish paella; paella rice, smoked paprika and Spanish saffron. The rice should be short grain and never long grain. The smoked paprika or Spanish ‘pimentón de la vera’ is an intense spice made from roasted and dried red peppers mainly from the region of Extremadura, again widely available in deli shops. You can either use sweet or spicy pimentón depending on how much heat you want to give the dish, you may prefer to use sweet paprika. The saffron is the key ingredient that provides the aroma and colour to the dish. Use Spanish saffron from La Mancha region, it is considered to be the best in the world. Enjoy!

Meatloaf and its benefits

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Meatloaf, traditionally made with ground beef or a mix of ground beef, pork and veal, is often too high in fat and sodium to be considered healthy. However, you can make this dish at home using healthier ingredients to turn this comforting — but typically unhealthy — dish into one that is nutritious enough to include in your diet occasionally. It is easy to prepare, contains healthy ingredients, and can be served with mashed potatoes, side vegetables, and fruits. You can easily tweak the ingredients and spices according to their availability. If you can afford to consume more calories, then you can add lean pieces of meat to the mixture. This can help increase the protein content. Protein is essential for cell growth. It can strengthen your muscles. It plays an important role in overall health and energy levels.  Incorporation of legumes and vegetables makes the food rich in dietary fiber, which helps strengthen the digestive system. Consumption of homemade meatloaf helps reduce the amount of hazardous elements like sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, food additives, etc., entering our body. This helps lower the chances of health complications. Now, look for a tasty, healthy meatloaf recipe and enjoy it!

Winter Kabobs!

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For most people, the word kabob is synonymous with Summer. And rightly so. It carries the magic feeling of outdoor life and barbecuing; of long days, enjoying meals on our backyard. So, when people are sad with the cold Winter days, it is hard to believe we can have a piece of summer during Winter. But you can! Have you ever tried Summer Winter kabobs?  

If you have a conventional oven, you can still prepare colorful kabobs. Although it takes slightly longer than grilling, roasting your meat and vegetable kabobs in an oven is an effective – and equally as delicious – method for cooking your kabobs. Try them! They are the perfect recipe for weekend meals, to entertain family and friends. Perfect comfort food.

Benefits of eating turkey breast

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Meat is a valuable source of protein and other nutrients. But when it comes to a healthy diet, it’s important to choose the right kind of meat and eat the correct portion size. Turkey is one of the meats with great benefits. Here are some of those benefits for you to consider:
  • Turkey is a rich source of protein.
  • Skinless turkey is low in fat. White meat is lower in kilojoules and has less fat than the dark meat. A typical turkey consists of 70 per cent white meat and 30 per cent dark meat.
  • Turkey meat is a source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus.
  • It is also a source of vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body’s energy production.
  • Regular turkey consumption can help lower cholesterol levels. The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable.
  • Turkey contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important role in strengthening the immune system.
  • It is also a source of selenium, which is essential for thyroid hormone metabolism. It also boosts immunity and acts as an antioxidant.
  Check our recipe section for turkey recipes.

Benefits of chicken stew

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It’s a known fact: whether it is in soup, stew, salads, grilled… chicken is great in taste and for your health! The health benefits of eating chicken are plenty. When it comes in a lean breast, it’s low in fat and calories and high in protein, which makes it ideal for weight maintenance. Not to mention that it is jam-packed full of essential nutrients and vitamins. Plus, with so many ways to prepare chicken, you’re family won’t tire of it as a frequent weekly menu staple.   In the winter, a chicken stew in particularly comforting. Chicken stew recipes are simple and hearty, and can definitely warm you up from the inside. Consider a simple chicken stew, or a Persian chicken stew to make your weeknights a little more exotic, or even chicken and barley stew with dill and lemon – a chicken soup gone totally hearty.   Whatever your preferences, warm up with a hearty bowl of chicken stew packed with tender chunks of chicken and savory veggies.

How to roast a turkey!

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And so this is Christmas… and how do you roast a turkey? If you’re responsible for the main dish, don’t worry: you’re only five steps away from serving the perfect bird at your big feast. If using a frozen turkey, thaw in its original plastic wrapper in the fridge. Allow for five hours per pound, or per 500 g.   Next step: Season it. Prepare the turkey by removing giblets and neck. Rinse and wipe the cavity; sprinkle with salt and pepper or stuff lightly using skewers to fasten skin over the cavity.  Once you have done this, you need to roast it. Place turkey, breast side up, on rack in roasting pan. Brush with melted butter or oil. Tent loosely with foil. Roast in 325ºF (160ºC) oven for about 20 minutes per pound (500 g) or until juices run clear when turkey is pierced and when thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 180ºF (82ºC) for an unstuffed turkey. Stuffed turkey should be cooked to the same temperature, and the stuffing itself should reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C). Remove tent for last hour of roasting. When turkey is done, transfer to warm platter. Tent with foil and let stand for 20 to 30 minutes. This allows time for juices at the surface of the bird to distribute evenly throughout the meat.   Voilà! Carve turkey. Eat and enjoy!   Merry Christmas!

Festive stuffed meat rolls

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Whether you call it Christmas or the holiday season, December is really the time to be festive and the time to celebrate with friends and family in a very special way. Exactly what you need when you are preparing for a dinner party, let alone Christmas dinner. Holidays call for the most decadent dishes of the year. And some of the most sensational dishes to grace your table are the stuffed meat rolls.   Just think about a stuffed flank steak roasted to perfection! They are relatively inexpensive, versatile and is great at feeding a group. You can use chicken, pork, lamb, turkey or beef and the stuffing brings variety too: herbs, veggies, hard boiled eggs, dried fruits and so on. Here are some suggestions:  
  1. Matambre – Matambre is an Argentinian stuffed flank steak with all kinds of goodies inside. The stuffing is a mixture of garlic, cilantro, parsley and olive oil, bell peppers and hard boiled eggs.
  2. Turkey Rolls Stuffed with Sausage and Cranberries – These beautiful turkey rolls are perfect for the Holiday season as well as for dinner parties. For the stuffing you will have to saute the onions, mushrooms with the fresh sage and cook the dried cranberries in white wine in a separate pan. When the roulade is ready cook it in a skillet until each side is browned, than roast in the oven for further 30 minutes.
  3. Stuffed Flank Steak with Prosciutto and Goat Cheese – The stuffing is an aromatic mix of herbs such as parsley, garlic, walnuts and creamy goat cheese and thin slices of prosciutto.
  Be festive! Celebrate! Enjoy! via TopInspired  

The healthiest ways of eating chicken

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Chicken is a staple of nearly every athlete’s diet. It’s high in protein, affordable and simple to prepare.  The preparation, cooking method and serving style can all have a big impact on how healthy your chicken really is. To help you see if your fowl is fair, we compiled three of the healthiest ways to eat chicken.   Grilled chicken is great. It’s simple, it’s easy, it’s nutritious and it’s versatile. With grilling, you aren’t drowning the chicken in oil or fat like you do in some other preparation methods. Whether you go skinless or not is up to you. For a long time, chicken skin was thought to have no nutritional value. It was believed to be nothing more than an empty source of fat and calories. But recent research has shown that most of the fat in chicken skin is good fat—meaning it’s unsaturated, so it has benefits such as lowering your risk of heart disease. Still, not all of the fat in chicken skin is good fat, and it does add calories, so if you’re trying to go for a super-lean meal, skinless chicken is better. Grill some vegetables alongside your chicken for a very healthy meal.   If grilled chicken is too dry and flavorless for you, poaching your chicken could be a good alternative. Poaching involves submerging the food in a liquid and cooking it at relatively low heat. Like grilling, poaching chicken is good because it doesn’t require added oil or fat. Chicken stock is often used in poaching, but it can be high in sodium. The best option is to use water and add vegetables and seasonings—such as celery, carrots, thyme, peppercorns and parsley. The chicken will soak up these flavors, and you’ll be left with a tasty, tender and healthy piece of meat.   If you want an awesome, quick and easy way to make a flavorful chicken meal, stir-frying is the way to go. Stir-frying involves frying multiple thinly sliced ingredients in a small amount of oil. Yes, unlike poaching or grilling, stir-frying requires oil. But it’s a very small amount (usually just a tablespoon or less), and healthier oils such as canola oil or extra-light olive oil can be used. Stir-fry calls for super-lean, skinless, boneless chicken breasts, and a healthy stir-fry dish is packed with vegetables such as broccoli, peppers, snap peas, carrots, mushrooms and bok choy. Pair it with some brown rice or quinoa, and stir-fried chicken is a great meal option. via Eat Healthy

The benefits of eating a grilled chicken sandwich

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Grilled chicken is delicious and helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle. A grilled chicken sandwich is a good source of protein, carbohydrate, vitamins and minerals, according to the experts. It is also healthier than a fried chicken sandwich because grilling uses less oil than deep-frying, meaning fewer calories and fat in the final product. We can take it a step further: create a healthier grilled chicken sandwich by utilizing nutrient-dense ingredients whenever possible and monitoring the use of unhealthy toppings and condiments.       Chicken is a good source of protein, B vitamins and minerals such as iron, phosphorus and selenium. Protein is important for repairing and maintaining tissue, building a strong immune system and developing lean muscle mass. B vitamins are essential for metabolism, normal nerve function and healthy red blood cells. Iron helps carry oxygen throughout the body; phosphorus works with calcium to build strong bones and teeth; and selenium strengthens the immune system and helps with thyroid function. Federal dietary guidelines recommend eating lean proteins that are lower in fat and calories, because excess fat and calorie intake can lead to weight gain, obesity and obesity-related conditions like diabetes, cancer and heart disease. A chicken breast is the leanest cut on a chicken because it is naturally lower in calories and fat than chicken legs and thighs. Removing the skin also dramatically decreases the calories and fat. via Healthy Eating

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