Amazing Benefits of Goat Meat and Enjoy our Jamaican Curried Goat Recipe

Goat meat is absolutely delicious and definitely worth learning how to easily add into your weekly meal plan!

Did you know that goat meat is healthier than lamb and is actually as healthy as, if not more than, chicken meat? It has more minerals than chicken and has lower total and saturated fat and cholesterol than chicken as well as more protein! Goats do not accumulate fat in their muscles like cows or pigs, and most of the fat they do have is external which can be easily trimmed.

Trimmed goat meat is healthier in every respect compared to chicken meat, even skinless chicken meat. Goat meat is actually exceptionally lean and low in fat as compared to any other meat. Goat meat is one of the best sources of zinc and iron too. It also has B group vitamins including B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Vitamin B actually helps to burn fat cells and if that weren’t enough, it even has choline and selenium which are known to help prevent cancer.

The USDA reports the saturated fat in cooked goat meat aka “chevon” is 40% less than that of chicken – even with the skin removed! Out of 4 favorite exotic meats (venison, rabbit, buffalo, and chevon), chevon is the lowest in cholesterol! Chevon (aka “cabrito”) is 50-65% lower in fat than similarly prepared beef, but has similar protein content!

Meat Comparison Table

100g
Cooked

Calories
(Kcal)

Fat
(g)

Sat’d Fat
(g)

Cholesterol
(mg)

Protein
(g)

Iron
(mg)

Chevon

143

3.03

0.93

75

27.10

3.73

Beef

208

11.07

4.07

84

25.05

1.66

Lamb

290

21.12

9.08

93

23.27

1.40

Chicken

165

3.57

1.01

85

31.00

1.04

Pork

252

14.28

5.25

96

28.88

1.05

Bison

143

2.42

0.91

82

28.40

3.42

Venison

191

3.95

1.95

113

36.28

5.01

Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference  

 

So go ahead… throw out all the guilt, venture into new culinary territory and enjoy goat meat as the healthiest meat available on the market. Although it’s all exceptionally healthy, in case you were wondering… the meat from the goat leg has the lowest fat content as compared to other parts of the goat.

 

One of the great dishes of Jamaica is Curried Goat. You can find goat at many local Farmer’s Markets and in any Mexican or Jamaican market. Just have the butcher cut the meat into 1- or 2-inch pieces. If you cannot find goat you can substitute lamb. This is a great dish that serves 8!

 

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pounds goat, cut into 2 inch pieces, or lamb shoulder, cut up
  • 2 large yellow onions, peeled and chopped
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons curry powder (use a Jamaican country-style brand or if you cannot find that, try Sun brand curry powder and add a pinch or two of allspice)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large stainless-steel bowl or pot mix all of the ingredients except the oil, butter, water, salt, and pepper. Let marinate for ½ hour.
  2. Separate the meat from the vegetable mixture, reserving the mixture. Heat a large frying pan and brown the meat, in small batches, in the oil and butter.
  3. Place the browned goat in a 10- to 12-quart stove-top casserole (or into a crock pot) and add the reserved vegetables from the marinade as well as any juice.
  4. Add 4 cups of water; cover and simmer until tender, about 3 hours for goat and 2½ hours for lamb. (Alternatively; using a crock pot, cover and cook for approximately 6-7 hours on low or 3-4 hours approximately on high)
  5. Uncover the pot for the last hour or so in order to thicken the sauce a bit. And salt and pepper to taste.

 


Comments

  1. Normale Hanfsamen: die Pflanzen aus diesen Samen können sowohl männlich als auch weiblich sein.

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