Lunchtime can be a tricky time of day. Especially on the weekend when the weather is nice and it is so much more alluring to stay outside and play. Every Mom out there knows that without lunch there is constant snacking which will spoil any hope of dinner and result in an inevitable melt down. Ok, maybe that does not always happen to everyone. But, I will say this, with two sets of twins I would rather prevent the possible than wait for it to happen. Yesterday, was a rainy and cold first day of spring. So, we had no problem with the playing outside part. I did have a feeling that there would be a lot of morning snack requests which also squashes meal time. So, I got a head start on lunch prep right after breakfast. I allow one or two morning snacks before lunch. (I will discuss snack strategy in another post.)
My son Cameron LOVES bone marrow! Here is a quick recap of the benefits of bone marrow from LA Healthy Living (1).
Bone marrow is a fatty, jello like substance found in the core of bones. Bone marrow fulfills many vital roles due to its high content of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and lipids (alkylglycerols). Bone marrow helps the immune system by carrying oxygen to cells in the body. It is one of the most effective remedies for the gut lining. Consuming bone marrow will help improve brain function, maintain healthy bones, support immune systems and speed up the healing process of any injury or fracture.
Essential Fatty Acids
Bone marrow consists of mostly monounsaturated fat. It also contains less amount of polyunsaturated fat and conjugated linoleic acid which is known as a potent cancer inhibitor. Bone marrow is a great source of omega-3 fatty acid which is essential for the proper functioning of the brain. Bone marrow is also a good source of glycine, which is an amino used to make and repair other proteins in the body. Fatty acid deficiency can result in delayed wound healing, different types of skin problems, weak immune system, and etc.
Vitamins and Minerals
One of the main qualities of bone marrow is that it contains important microelements: calcium, iron, phosphorous, zinc, selenium, magnesium, manganese, and other mineral-Laden chemicals. It also contains Vitamin A in its complete form. Moreover, in the bone marrow these trace elements are already in the right condition and concentration for the body.
Shortage of such microelements can lead to anemia, weakening of the immune system which is responsible for protecting the body from infections and antigens, chronic fatigue and weakness, development of cardiovascular and other heavy diseases. Pregnant women require higher amount of these minerals and vitamins. Therefore, bone marrow strengthens the immunity, improves the cardiovascular and renal system, stimulates hormonal secretion and sexual function of the organism, improves memory, sleep, emotional mood, perception, comprehension and instinctively-conscious reflection of the person.
Bone marrow contains alkylglycerols which are involved in the production of white blood cells in the bone marrow. They protect the body against infections and contribute to health maintenance of cells under serious immune problems such as cancer. When a person has cancer, the level of alkylglycerols rises within tumor cells in order to control cell growth. Alkylglycerols can also be found in mothers’ milk.
If you buy conventionally raised animal products, you can end up with toxins which are normally stored in the fatty areas of bones such as bone marrow. It is very important to find bones from grass fed healthy animals such as grass-fed cows, organic poultry bones, bison, lamb.
Thus my inspiration for this super power lunch….
I first took two marrow bones (from Roger Harris of South Chestnut Farm) and roasted them on a foil lined sheet pan at 400 degrees for 30 min. While the marrow bones were roasting, Cameron helped me wash and peel two sweet potatoes (from Tart Farms at the NC State Farmer’s Market) and sliced them into sticks. Next, I scooped out the marrow from the bones and added half to two pounds of organ meat mix (from Whole Foods Market in Cary, NC). The other half I added back to the same pan that I roasted the bones on and tossed them to coat. I roasted the sweet potatoes coated in marrow for 45 min at 400 degrees. I used my indoor electric skillet with the grill pan side to “grill” the marrow infused organ meat burgers. Presto! I was ready for the hungry kiddos whenever the lunch requests began.
Sure enough, at about 10:45 am both boys were “starving” for lunch! Here you go: organ meat marrow burger, sweet potato marrow fries, raw milk herbal jack cheese (from Miller Organic Farm in Bird in Hand, PA) and homemade probiotic ketchup.
All four kiddos can eat this meal! The nutrient density of the marrow is priceless. Not only was the meal affordable, but it packed a huge nutrition punch!
My food photography….well, not so good. I promise to work on it. But, honestly this is how it looks, right? They loved it and now were full until at least 1:00! SUCCESS!!