This is a guest post from Catspaw, a Nerd Fitness Rebel who thinks deadlifts should be heavy, and healthy food should be delicious.
“Cooking takes too much time”
“Paleo is so boring!”
New recipes can be intimidating, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live in drudgery of yet-another-night of boiled chicken and microwaved broccoli.
One of the best ways to keep food both interesting and easy is to take a basic foundational food and use it in a huge variety of dishes. By just changing the presentation of a recipe or adding a few ingredients, you can create a whole new dish that’s new, exciting, and involves very little additional work.
Today I hope to definitively prove to you that eating Paleo is delicious, and that “I don’t have time” is a big fat lie.
Ground beef is one of my favorite cuts of meat to work with.
It tends to be cheap, you can find it anywhere, and makes a huge variety of amazingly delicious dishes. Here’s the basic ground beef recipe. It only has a few ingredients, and shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to throw together:
Basic Seasoned Ground Beef Recipe
You now have a bowl of cooked ground beef. In an airtight container, it should last a full week in your fridge.
So, now once you have that bowl of cooked ground beef, what can you do with it?
ALL SORTS OF STUFF!
So now what? Well, I’ve been known to just eat it cold with a spoon, but I’m weird like that.
What’s awesome about this method of cooking is that you can use this basic recipe to create a huge variety of deliciousness throughout the week, without much additional work.
Here are some awesome breakfast ideas:
Breakfast idea #1: Meaty omelet
Breakfast idea #2: Egg hash
Breakfast idea #3: Meaty egg muffins
And don’t just think because something is called a ‘breakfast food’ that you can’t eat it whenever you want. But let’s suppose you want some typical lunch and dinner options too, we got you covered! Take a look!
I like to use 85% / 15% ground beef for most of my recipes because I find it has the right amount of leanness-to-fat for my taste buds, but your mileage may vary.
Note: 85% / 15% ground beef does not mean 15% fat and 85% protein. It means 15% by weight is fat, but the majority of the weight in the meat is water. 85% ground beef is actually much closer to equal in dietary fat and protein.
If you don’t cook ground beef often, you may be surprised when you get a lot of fat running off.
What should you do about this? If you’re using grass-fed ground beef, that fat contains a lot of healthy nutrients, so just leave it right in there! It may look a little like beef soup at first, but once you refrigerate the meat, the fat will harden into little bits of delicious texture.
If you’re using conventional ground beef, you can pour some of the fat into an old jar and then throw it out (like with bacon)…but don’t obsess about trying to get it all!
Pick up a pound or two of ground beef at your next trip to the store and see where your imagination takes you.
This is just one example of how you can take a basic recipe, in this case seasoned ground beef, and use it to create a huge variety of really tasty foods.
Just because you’re using the same protein doesn’t mean it has to the same meal!
What else do you do with ground beef?
Do you have any other staple foods that you expand in interesting ways? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
photo source: Jump