An Odd Bit Recipe: Italian Drip Beef Tongue

Written by Mare of Just Making Noise

Out of all the “Odd Bits”, I really think that heart and tongue are actually the best choices for first-timers.

I know, I know… you are thinking I am crazy, but hear me out.

The heart is a muscle and can be used just like any other part of the cow. My favorite way of using this odd bit is grinding it up and adding it into chili, hamburgers, spaghetti and soup. Adds a great flavor.

Tongue… well…

Honestly. I couldn’t even convince myself to try it for a long time until my dad mentioned that he loved Lengua en Salsa (Tongue in Sauce), which is a common Latin American dish. Of course, I started pestering him with questions about the texture of the tongue (which was my biggest concern) and the taste.

His answer was, “It feels and tastes like beef with a soft texture much like a tender roast beef”.

Hmm, really?

Off I went to find a fail-proof recipe and along the way I found some surprising facts about beef tongue.

  • Is considered a delicacy & used widely in Latin American, Middle Eastern, and European countries.
  • Provides high quality protein – 100 g of tongue contains about 15 g of protein!
  • Is considered complete with all the essential amino acids.
  • Contains vitamins & minerals that aid in the creation, maintenance, function and protection of cells.
  • Is an excellent source of Vitamin B-12 for all adults, especially pregnant and breastfeeding women – beef tongue meets the daily need for this vitamin.
  • Benefits nerves, muscles, and helps your body to move oxygen throughout your system.
  • Helps your body to efficiently process and store the energy gained from food.
  • Provides about 3.5 mg of  zinc per serving, which helps boost the immune system, heal wounds, and is essential for skin health.
  • Boosts selenium, iron, phosphorous, poss niacin, and riboflavin intake.

Do you think you can give beef tongue a try? Can you get past the mental picture of “french-kissing” the cow?

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A Recipe For Chili - The Real Food Way

As we’re still hanging on to the last few weeks of Winter, I wanted to share my recipe for a beef chili – the real food way.

My boys get so excited when they smell chili simmering on the stove top.  They enjoy loading up a big bowl with dried bread crumbs and cheese.

The boys devour their chili, licking their bowls clean.  With chili sauce dripping down their faces, big brother will usually tell me, “mama, I love chili!”

What I love about my chili is that it’s a home chili made with love – completely yummy and nourishing at the same time.

The chili itself doesn’t take long to make, however, it has tremendous depth in flavor since I make it with homemade beef broth that has simmered for 24 hours.

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It’s been just over a month since I’ve launched Spain in Iowa’s Traditional Menu Plan on a Budget.

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It’s Simple Lives Thursday! My favorite day of the week where you share your tips and recipes for living a simple life. Whichever blog that you choose to link up your post, it will show up on all 4 sites! As a reminder, this blog hop is a way to share with many people your posts on what you are doing to live a simple life. Whether that’s gardening, raising urban chickens, homeschooling, sewing, making your own deodorant, or cleaning supplies… we want to know about it! If you’re into homeopathy, ways to save $ by conserving energy or other ways to live frugally… we want to know about it! If you bike, cook real food, homestead or farm… we want to know about it!

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