Mujadarah – Jacob’s Stew

“Mujadarah” aka “Jacob’s Stew” is one of my favorite dinners. It is a traditional recipe passed down through the generations and based on the story in Genesis 25:29-34. The first time my wife made it for me, it brought to life this story. It is a truly wonderful aromatic recipe that is absolutely delicious. I can understand how a famished Esau could forsake all reason to indulge in such a wonderful meal.

29 Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. 30 He said to Jacob, “Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!” (That is why he was also called Edom.)
31 Jacob replied, “First sell me your birthright.”
32 “Look, I am about to die,” Esau said. “What good is the birthright to me?”
33 But Jacob said, “Swear to me first.” So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob.
34 Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank, and then got up and left.
So Esau despised his birthright.

The Holy Bible: New International Version. 1996 (electronic ed.) (Ge 25:29–26:1). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Mujadarah – Jacob’s Stew recipe:

INGREDIENTS (with our favorite sources noted)
1 onion
1 cup organic sprouted brown rice – GoGo Rice from BM Organics
1 cup organic sprouted green lentils – truRoots from Whole Foods
Raw Butter from BM Organics
1 tbsp – cumin
1 tbsp – salt
1 tsp – pepper
4 cups chicken stock – from BM Organics
1 cup water
garlic to taste…I like a lot –

Stir Fry Onions in butter until brown
add half of the seasoning
turn off heat and add the chopped garlic
Stir real good

In big pot bring chicken stock, water and rice to a boil
Add the onion mixture – rest of seasoning – and lentils
Stir real good and turn heat to low

Cover pot and leave for a good 45 mins until done –
For our family I usually double this recipe.

Grass Finishing

cow eating grain
Don't Eat Beef Fed Grains!

You may have heard Jordan Rubin talk about green fed beef and dairy products having more omega 3’s. He also talked about how much better it is “finishing the cattle on grass” verses finishing them on grain. But what data is there to support these claims?

I found an abstract published in the British Journal of Nutrition about this. It is titled: “Red meat from animals offered a grass diet increases plasma and platelet n-3 PUFA in healthy consumers”. In a double blind study, the researchers fed healthy people beef and lamb that were given a finishing diet of either grass or concentrate feed. Concentrate feed is usually a diet of mostly wheat products.

Among other things, the blood levels of omega 3’s from both groups were compared. Blood Omega 3’s “were significantly higher in those subjects who consumed red meat from grass-fed animals compared with those who consumed red meat from concentrate-fed animals”

These findings are significant because most people have to many omega 6 fatty acids and not enough omega 3’s. Eating grass finished beef from Beyond Organic can help bring the omega 3 to omega 6 ratio closer to normal.

It is important to note that many “grass fed” cattle are finished on grain. But at Beyond Organic, the cattle are 100% “Green Fed”.


Click to access fcrpsec1.pdf

British Journal of Nutrition 2011 Volume 105 Issue 01
Cambridge Journals Online



Cow Eating GrassWhen discussing the benefits of Beyond Organic Beef and Dairy, Jordan Rubin frequently talks about “CLA”. It is well established that grass fed beef has 3 to 5 times the amount of CLA as commercialized grain fed beef. We can assume that 100% “Green Fed” beef is even better than merely “grass fed” beef which must only have a certain portion of their diet coming from grass. But what is CLA?

I stumbled across a recent article written by Dr. Mercola. He has no financial interest in CLA from beef so it is nice to see a non-biased perspective when it comes to conjugated linoleic acid from beef. He writes:

“If you are steering away from red meat due to the negative press on saturated fats, you may be happy to hear that a very powerful fatty acid primarily found in beef and dairy products has been linked to long-term weight management and health.

This potent nutrient is called conjugated linoleic acid, or CLA, and the best possible sources of CLA are grass-fed beef and raw dairy products that come from grass-fed cattle.”

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Be blessed.

Yours Truly,

Dr. Michael Haley