Thursday, April 7, 2016

Spicy Beef and Greens

Well, I'm back from the abyss of full-time work - though I'm still working full-time, I just hadn't been motivated to blog all that much. I've been crazy-busy with life's huge changes, and things have finally settled down to a routine of sorts.

I'm back to low-carbing, and to that end, I wanted to post some of my favorite staple meals that make low-carbing tasty and enjoyable. I very often make a Meat-n-Greens meal, switching out the protein - ground beef, ground turkey, chicken sausage, and the greens - spinach, kale, Swiss chard, and messing around the the flavor profiles - Asian, Cajun, Mediterranean. The end result is a great-tasting, satiating, fiber-rich meal, and it's easy, too, so that's a winner. There are no exotic, hard-to-fnd ingredients, so really, anyone could make it.

Spicy Beef and Greens

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed and minced
  • 1/2 t ginger paste
  • 1/2 t red chili paste
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • water as needed
  • splash soy sauce
  • 2 cups packed greens, chopped
  • cayenne

Directions:

  1. Over medium-high heat, saute the beef until brown.
  2. Add the chopped onion and cook until it begins to soften.
  3. Add the bell pepper, let cook for 2 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped mushrooms and cook until they’ve released a lot  of liquid and are starting to brown up.
  5. Add the garlic, ginger paste and chili paste. Stir through, then add the beef stock and a few splashes of soy sauce.
  6. Add the chopped greens on top, cover and cook until they are darker green and nicely wilted. You can add more water as needed to help steam.
  7. Remove the cover, stir thoroughly, add some cayenne and let cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Notes:

  • I sometimes buy ginger paste  and chili paste in a  tube for ease of convenience. Also this beef broth concentrate. I don’t always have my homemade beef stock on hand, and a squirt oor two of this stuff is great.

Calorie Breakdown:

Ok, by eyeballing and guessing at the amounts, this is the calorie breakdown for this meal.
This assumes that the nutrient breakdown in the Livestrong database is accurate:

spicy beef and greens cals.jpg

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