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Saturday, October 2, 2010

SUSTAINABLE EATING: Means Serving Meals that Are Lower on the Food Chain

This can be achieved by shifting food consumption from red meat to chicken, fish, eggs, or a vegetable-based diet.

In our household, we enjoy lamb, veal and read meat but we also enjoy of the innards of animals like chicken gizzards (cheap,very popular in Europe and Asia, and good for you).

Our dinner this evening -

Green Beans with Mint and Garlic

Chicken Gizzards with Peppers and Olives


1 lb, chicken gizzards
3 red peppers (sweet or hot)
5 or 6 cloves garlic squashed with skin on
1/2 cup cured olives
1/4 cup olive oil for gizzards
1/2 cup olive oil for frying peppers


In a pot, place gizzards and cover completely with water.  Boil the gizzards for about 40 minutes and drain.  In the meantime, saute' peppers and remove.  Saute' garlic and remove.  In a medium sized frying pan, add 1/4 cup of olive oil, add the drained gizzards and saute' in a low heat for about 20 minutes turning occasionally.  Add fried peppers, garlic and olives continue to cook for 5 minutes and serve.

Chicken gizzards with peppers and olives

Don't knock it, until you try it.


  1. Last month I was making cat food and dinner at the same time and a gentleman who was visiting told me when I asked him that his favorite part of the chicken was the gizzard. I happened to have an entire pound of them, ready to throw into the grinder to make my cat food. Was he ever surprised when I presented him with delicately sauteed chicken livers on the side of his dinner.
    After eating with my Italian friends and relatives for almost two weeks, I realized how much better they ate than we eat here. Thanks for the reminder.

  2. You're welcome. We like them, not on a weekly basis but once a month. They (southern Italians) do eat much better than we eat for many reasons - 1. They cook from scratch. 2. The ingredients are close to the source. Take fish for instance. It does not sit on ice for 4 to 5 days. Last year, we purchased fish right off the boat. It was still wiggling. Once cooked you can actually taste the sea. No comparison to fish farming.