Category Archives: Beef

Sweet Potato Beef Stew

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Oh slow cooker, how I’ve neglected you! I forgot how easy the crock pot makes my life on gym days. Nothing says happiness like coming home after a WOD a not having to make dinner. I took some spice cues from Thai Cuisine; using basil (But not Thai basil, since I couldn’t find it when I went ingredient shopping.) ginger, and lemongrass. Coconut milk added a rich creaminess, and everything really brought out the flavors in the yams.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Grass Fed Beef Stew Meat
  • 2 Cans Light Coconut Milk
  • 2 stalks (3-4 inches each) Lemongrass, Chopped
  • 1 2-3 Inch peice of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tsp Cayenne
  • 2 Yams
  • 1 Large Carrot
  • 1 Vidalia Onion
  • 5-7 Basil Leaves
  • Salt, Pepper, Paprika
  • 2 tbsp  Coconut Aminos
  • 2 Stalks Celery

To prepare, chop the yams, carrots, onions, and celery. Add the ingredients to the crock pot, and then add the beef and remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 8-10 Hours.

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Confetti Burgers

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I’m usually not one to include “filler” in my burgers or meatballs. Usually, other than onions or garlic, my burgers consist of meat, and spices….with usually an egg for binding. Mike is trying to cut out eggs (He suspects they may be bothering him) so I wanted to experiment by adding some veggies into my burgers to replace the egg. These big burgers are still very big and meaty, and since the sweet potato is a good carbohydrate, it’s almost like the bun is part of the burger! You can experiment with other veggies, just be sure to chop them with the food processor into very very small pieces. They are super quick and easy to make, and easy to tie-in or pair with a variety of side dishes.

  • 1 Sweet Potato, peeled
  • 1 Portabello Mushroom
  • 1/4 Onion
  • 2 or 3 stalks celery
  • 5 Cloves Garlic
  • 3 lbs Bison Meat
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp Coconut Aminos
  • Salt, Pepper, Thyme
  1. In a food processor, combine all the veggies and blend until finely minced.
  2. Add to a bowl along with the meat, olive oil, and aminos, and combine thoroughly.
  3. Form into patties and grill to desired done-ness.

Shown here served with my Butternut Squash and Root Celebration


Paleo Meat Pie

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I guess this is my version of meatloaf. I was looking for something simple to do with 3 lbs of meat, to ensure tastiness and leftovers! Some people think you need breadcrumbs for meatloaf, but really, that’s just filler to take away from the main star – meat! It’s totally unnecessary to add flour or breadcrumbs. You CAN add nutritionally dense ingredients like veggies, eggs, or coconut milk – which is what I did.  Anyway, this gluten-free, grain free, hunk of meat, is a relatively easy preparation, and full of flavor and nutritional punch.

  • 3 lbs ground beef 75% lean
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2-3 cups sliced mushrooms (Trader Joe’s has a great frozen mushroom medley, I used 1/2 bag)
  • 2-3 TBsp rosemary
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 2 TBsp black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • 4-5 TBsp strained tomato
  • 2-3 TBsp coconut aminos

In a large bowl, mix together everything but the strained tomato and coconut aminos. Kneed like dough, mix with your fingers, and make sure everything is well combined.

Line a 9×17 pan with parchment paper and press the meat evenly in the pan.

Bake in the oven, preheated to 375, for 45 minutes.

Remove from the oven, sprinkle the coconut aminos over the meatloaf, and spoon and spread a thin layer of strained tomato over as well.

Return to the oven for another 15-20 minutes.

Cut into squares and serve.


Quick Meal: Chicken and Beef with Swiss Chard and Mushrooms

 

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Sometime’s the super quick things are the best. Sometime’s a simple mixture, causes a magical explosion of goodness in your mouth, and you can’t help but wonder “Really? It was THAT easy?” – I made this on a lazy whim. It was seriously a mixture of me not wanting to cook, and rummaging through the freezer and refrigerator, trying to find enough ingredients to make something healthy, hearty, and sustaining with the possibility of leftovers. This is what I came up with, and it turned out awesome. The mixture of beef and chicken really added something, and I think if it was either one or the other, it wouldn’t have the same magic.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 6 boneless chicken thigh filets, about 2 lbs, cut into chunks.
  • 2 cups shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 package, or 3-4 cups chopped rainbow swiss chard
  • 2  tablespoons ground ginger (a generous amount, doesn’t have to be exact)
  • 1/8 cup coconut aminos (or a couple of good, generous shakes)
  • a few good shakes of allspice

 Melt the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Add all the ingredients except for the chard and cover. Stir occasionally to break up the ground beef and disperse the chicken. Once the meat is about 75% cooked, add the chard and cover. Once it wilts and cooks down, stir to combine. Once the meat and chicken is cooked through, remove from heat and serve.


Paleo Corned Beef and Cabbage (Home Brined)

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It’s Saint Patrick’s day weekend, and while drafts of recipes are piling up, waiting for me to finish, I thought I’d give you a heads up on a super easy corned beef and cabbage recipe. The meat is pull apart tender, and while it is not as strong as the pre-seasoned, loaded with junk, store-bought ones, it’s delicious and something your whole family can feel good about eating.

The brisket, was between 4 and 5 lbs and from US Wellness Meats and I largely followed Against All Grain‘s recipe for the brine (and instructions on cooking), though I only left mine in the brine for 2 days. Mine was a combination of

  • salt
  • cinnamon
  • allspice
  • mustard seeds
  • cloves
  • black pepper
  • juniper berries
  • bay leaves
  • ground ginger

To make the actual corned beef and cabbage, I put the brined brisket in a large stock pot. I added 1 Quart of “Cabbage Broth” that I had frozen from last time I made corned beef, so you can use water, chicken broth, vegetable broth, or anything you have on hand. I also added aboout 6-8 cups of water, enough to cover the brisket with about an inch. I added the same seasonings from above, excluding the salt and cloves. Then I covered, and brought to a boil. In the meantime, I peeled, chopped, and added 3 large carrots, 4-6 stalks of celery, 2 onions, and 5 cloves of garlic to the pot. Once it came to a boil, I lowered the heat and let it simmer 3 1/2 hours.

To finish, I cored and quartered a head of cabbage, and added it to the pot, as well as about 2 cups of extra water. I covered the pot and let it simmer about 45 minutes longer until the cabbage was soft and tender.


Meatball Parmy Bake

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So I was looking to make a big ol’ tray of meatballs in sauce, and decided to make a sort of cheese-less meatball parmesan. The best way I knew to do this, was to use some of the macadamia ricotta ( which you can find in This Recipe ) … It was pretty darn awesome, and definitely a nice change of pace from what I normally do. It was also nice that it had that “stuff I used to eat” nostalgia factor, without being too silly. The meatballs were spiced almost like a breakfast sausage, and overall it was really simple to make.

Meatball Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ground beef ( 75% lean)
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • a LOT of black pepper and sage
  • some salt, thyme, and paprika.

Preparation:

Combine ingredients and form into medium-sized meatballs.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 30-40 minutes, rotating once in the middle.

Add a large can or bottle (26 oz) strained tomato and sprinkle with oregano, thyme, basil, and add a few bay leaves.

Dollop a spoon of the macadamia nut ricotta on top of each meatball and maybe between groups of four or something.

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Return to oven and bake another 15-30 minutes. Ricotta should get to be a nice golden hue.

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Sweet Potato Stuffed Burgers with Macadamia Ricotta and Portabello

My new favorite thing to do when making burgers, is stuff them! Conventionally, I think people stuff them with cheese, but who needs to be boring! If you like thin burgers, these probably aren’t for you, but if you like thick, meaty, burgers then let’s get stuffin! I normally like my burgers on the rare side, but when I stuff them I tend to cook them to medium well, or well done.

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Before I get to the recipe for today’s burger. I want to give an honorable mention to the first time I stuffed a burger (Shown Above, served with Kale and Tomato, and a Japanese Sweet Potato stuffed with an egg and some toasty kale crumbles) – I used a good healthy squeeze of stone ground mustard and a big dollop of organic sauerkraut for the stuffing. You can’t tell from the picture, but inside that baby, was juicy, spicy, sauerkrauty goodness. Feel free to give this a try as well! Originally I was going to make a separate post, but decided they were too similar.

Anyway, on to the good stuff!

First, I grilled some Portabello mushrooms.

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Then, I made some Macadamia Nut Ricotta!

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Macadamia Nut Ricotta

1 bag trader joes roasted and unsalted macadamia nuts (you can/should also use raw)
1 tbsp lemon juice
2/3 cup coconut water
1 teaspoon Salt

Blend in a high powered blender until mostly thick and creamy, similar to the the consistency of ricotta

Finally, I moved on to the burgers:

Sweet Potato Stuffed Burgers

Cut sweet potatoes into large cubes and pre-roast at 375 for 30-40 min. You want them to be mostly soft.
While you are waiting, Mix together 2 lb ground beef, 2 egg, 2 tbsp coconut flour, salt, pepper, cinnamon, paprika, nutmeg, and rosemary. You can also sub sage and thyme instead…or in addition. Play around with the spices and the stuffing – this Is just an example.
Form large meatballs. Using 2 lbs of meat, I made 5 burgers. You can possibly make them a little smaller and stretch it to 7 or 8, but I prefer nice big burgers.

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create an indent, so they sort of look like bird nests, and press the sweet potato in the hole. Then form a ball again, around the sweet potato, and add a little more meat to cover if needed.
Flatten lightly into a pattie
Grill until meat is cooked through. (I cooked 5-7 min on George Foreman grill)

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To plate, I simply topped a mushroom with some of the ricotta, and added the burger on top. You could also use a second mushroom as a top bun.

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