Good morning! I have a lot running through my mind that I want to fit in this post, so here it goes! Last night Mike and I had moose burgers for dinner. That’s right, moose burgers. How does one come by ground moose you ask? Well, you actually can’t buy it anywhere. Turns out it’s illegal to sell, and the only way to get your hands on this extra lean meat is to catch one yourself. Lucky for my, my dad is a pretty big hunter and actually went moose hunting this past fall. While I was home over Christmas he gave me about a pound and a half of ground moose, and 4 moose steaks to try out.
Moose meat is naturally extremely lean at only 1% fat, and the meat is slightly darker than ground beef.
- About 3/4 pound ground moose
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp dried savory
- salt and pepper to taste
- cheddar cheese (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl
- Form patties using about 2/3 cup of meat per patty (makes about 3 patties)
- Grill on a heated skillet for about 4 minutes per side, flipping once
- Top with cheddar cheese and any other toppings you see fit!
Wrapping burgers in lettuce can be a challenge. We were lucky enough to have nice, big lettuce leaves that worked perfectly. We also enjoyed some baked rutabaga on the side. My favorite!
That’s another recipe I have to share on here. As for the moose burgers, they were very tasty. Most people expect moose to taste gamey, similar to venison. It really tastes just like extra lean ground beef or bison. If you’ve had a bison burger before, it’s much like that. I definitely recommend it if you ever get the chance!
Power Sculpt Fitness
Last night before the moose adventure, I tried out a new fitness class. As a member of the DePaul Spirit Squad, I am required to take one 1-hour class per week at a fitness studio called Power Sculpt Fitness in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. Power Sculpt combines many aspects of fitness such as cardio intervals, weight training, flexibility, and core. While I am more of a traditional heavy weight lifting, treadmill running kind of girl, it’s nice to try something different every once in a while.
I chose to attend two 30 minute classes last night: PSF Express & Barre Express. One of my fellow dance teamers actually teaches these two classes, so that was a plus! I’d have to say my favorite of the two was the Barre Express. I love barre workouts in general. After completing an extreme leg workout two days ago, my legs were killing in the barre class last night. I was feelin’ the burn! To add a little extra cardio, I chose to run to and from the studio, which is a little under two miles each way. I thought this was a great idea, until I realized that it’s January in Chicago and that equals extremely cold wind slapping against my face the whole way. OUCH!
I have to say that I toughed it out and actually enjoyed my run AND the PSF classes. I plan on attending the same two next week since they are, unfortunately, the only ones I can fit into my class schedule. If you live in the Chicago area, I highly recommend checking out Power Sculpt Fitness!