Australian meat whets Middle Eastern appetites


Australian red meat is known all over the world for its tender quality, consistent texture, freshness, and exceptional flavor. Perhaps what may not be as well known about lamb and beef from the land down under are the health benefits it provides for the entire family.
Nick Meara, regional manager for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) MENA, said: “It is important to maintain a balanced diet, and with Australian lamb and beef you have a variety of cut choices that offer a versatile diet with numerous meal options.”
Depending on the cut, Australian lamb and beef can be prepared in many ways: Grilling, broiling, roasting, pan-frying, slow cooking and braising to name a few. While popular in Arabic dishes, red meat is also a favorite ingredient in Italian pastas, Mexican fajitas and tacos, curries and casseroles from all over the world.
The Arab world’s first Master Chef, Tarek Ibrahim said his favorite meal is lamb with roasted vegetables and sweet potatoes. “I love how easy it is to cook up a healthy meal for the entire family with Aussie lamb. Just rub a mix of garlic, salt, pepper, mint leaves and olive oil on a 2 kg lamb leg and place it in a dish with cut veggies and sweet potatoes. Put it in the oven to roast for 2 hours and that’s it! Simple and done in a matter of just a few steps.”
He added: “I’m often asked why I prefer Australian meat over others, and here’s why: Every meal eaten is physically and emotionally satisfying, as it’s easy to prepare and is enjoyed by everyone around the table.”
Australian lamb and beef on Middle Eastern supermarket shelves are still as fresh as the day they were packed. This is because the Australian meat industry implements world-leading hygienic practices and employs the latest technologies in processing and packing to deliver food to Middle East markets.
In addition, Australia has one of the strictest halal programs in the world. Local Islamic organizations work with the Australian government to implement best practices of production and slaughter standards according to halal techniques.


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