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What do you do to your grass-fed ground beef?

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Created March 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM

It seems to be listed everywhere as a cheap staple of the diet, but I haven't seen any threads on what you've found to do with it. I can cook a ribeye, but my ground beef knowledge stops at burgers, meatloaf, and spaghetti (out for obvious reasons).

What are your favorite things to do with ground beef? Which spices, sauces, and other complements are your favorite additions?

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2682 · November 16, 2011 at 9:57 PM

Spaghetti squash makes a great "spaghetti" replacement. Add tomato sauce and ground beef, plus any other veggies that make you think of Italian food, and you're golden. 8)

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22913 · March 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

agreed Ritz!...

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288 · March 29, 2011 at 3:01 PM

try red cabbage instead of lettuce for the wraps - the leaves are really sturdy so they work great for tacos!

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429 · March 29, 2011 at 12:59 AM

yeah man, i feel blessed to have 2 or 3 farms around here that raise only grass fed animals.

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1348 · March 29, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Yeah my local grass fed is epic all by itself.

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25467 · March 29, 2011 at 12:07 AM

I make stuffing out of it in all kinds of veggies. I puree it to a gravy and I use it to make broths. I also use several paleo animals like Deer Elk Bison and Cow ground together to make a XeroPaleoSpere burger.

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429 · March 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM

yum, deeeeeeeer. love it.

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2949 · March 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM

I also stick it in curry sometimes. The town I lived in last year had like one health food store and they had ground beef but the chicken was so expensive that I didn't eat chicken for 6 months. I ended up putting ground beef in everything. It tasted pretty good in curry, I'd use about 1/3 pound per meal since I was just cooking for myself- ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, yams, coconut milk, curry powder, fennel. Easy and fairly cheap.

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18701 · March 29, 2011 at 1:12 AM

MEATLOAF MUFFINS

Ingredients

1 1/4 lb Extra-lean Ground Turkey Breast
1 lb Lean Ground Beef
2 cups Squash, Zuchinni
1 cup Strained Tomatoes
1/2 cup Egg Whites

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grate Zuchinni.

Mix together meats, zuchinni, egg whites, and strained tomatoes.

Mix in any additional seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic).

Spray 18 muffin tins. Using an ice cream scoop, divide mixture into 18 cups.

Bake for 25-30 minutes.

BEEF AND SPINACH SCRAMBLE

Ingredients

2 tbsp Olive Oil
16 oz Organic Grass-fed Ground Beef
1/4 cup chopped green onions
2 Garlic Clove
1 tsp Pepper, Black
1 tsp Basil, Dried
1 cup Spinach, Fresh
4 Egg

Directions

Prep: chop scallions, mince garlic, steam spinach

In skillet, heat olive oil. Add beef, scallions, garlic, pepper and basil. Cook on low heat until meat is thoroughly browned. Turn heat up to medium and add spinach, stirring for five minutes. Add eggs and continue stirring for about one minute or until eggs are cooked. Serves 4.

STUFFED ZUCCHINI

Ingredients

1 tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium Red Onion (whole)
2 Garlic Clove
16 oz Organic Grass-fed Ground Beef
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp Ground Cumin
6 Medium Tomato
1/4 cup Olives, Black Sliced
400 g Zucchini Squash Raw
1 tbsp coconut oil

Directions

Note: Use 1 very large zucchini or 2 large zucchini

Prep - chop red onion, mince garlic, dice tomatoes

In skillet, heat oil and saute onion and garlic until browned. Add ground beef, black and cayenne pepper and cumin. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until meat is thoroughly browned. Spoon meat, onions and garlic into a bowl and mix tomatoes and olives. Scrape seeds from zucchini halves to form a cavity and then rub with flaxseed oil. Fill cavity with meat mixture and bake in a covered dish coated with coconut oil and a little water at 350 degrees for twenty to thirty minutes or until the zucchini is tender

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1169 · March 28, 2011 at 11:07 PM

Paleo "chili" -

  1. One half of one red bell bell pepper, diced
  2. 3 to 4 large jalape??os or Serrano peppers (for me, with seeds to ensure maximum spiciness), diced
  3. 1/2 to 1/4 of a medium onion, diced
  4. Saute the veggies in the fat of your choice (bacon grease), remove from the pot and put aside.
  5. Add 1 lb of grass-fed ground beef
  6. Season with cumin, crushed pepper, salt, pepper to taste
  7. Brown the meat with spices.
  8. Add one can of El Pato sauce (the 7.75 oz yellow can)
  9. Add back the peppers and simmer with the Pato sauce.

Serve in a bowl. Garnish with sour cream.

Also Albondigas: Mexican meatball soup.

In a mixing bowl add ground beef, salt, pepper, mint (dried or fresh, but fresh is better), diced onion, garlic and one or two eggs. Make meatballs. Put in a pot and cover the meatballs with water, boil until done, last 20 mins or so add vegetables of choice. serve with lemon and house made salsa.

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429 · March 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM

yum, deeeeeeeer. love it.

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620 · March 29, 2011 at 12:04 AM

Spaghetti sauce for spaghetti squash. I also do Paleo "Sloppy Joes"- Ground beef cooked in tomato sauce, served between 2 grilled portabello mushroom caps.

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191 · March 30, 2011 at 2:06 PM

Meat Loaf Pizza

Yep, this is a "pizza", alright, but it uses the meat as the crust. A Thanksgiving leftover option will be included at the bottom.

Meat Loaf Pizza 1 lb. ground beef 3/4 c. spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce, or marinara 1/2 c. green peppers 1/4 c. onion, minced 1/4 c. mozzarella cheese (optional)

Lightly grease a 9" pie pan with oil. Press ground beef into pan. Place pan with meat in oven and bake at 350 until meat is no longer pink--about 17-20 minutes. Drain.

MICROWAVE METHOD: Press meat into greased glass pie plate. Cover meat with waxed paper, and cook on high, rotating plate every 3 minutes if oven doesn't rotate for you. cook until meat is no longer pink--about 8 mins. total. Drain.

To finish: top baked meat with sauce, cheese, peppers, and return to oven or microwave to melt cheese on top--about 1-2 mins. more.

Cut into quarters and serve. The meat becomes your crust. This cannot be eaten out of hand--a plate and fork must be used.

Thanksgiving Leftover version 1 lb. turkey leftovers, 1 c. stuffing (made from coconut or almond bread), 1 egg

Put all in a food processor and combine until ground-meat-like. This is the "bread and meat" combo normally used in meat loaf. Do not season--your turkey and stuffing are already seasoned. Use this to press into your greased pan.

Bake at 350 for about 10 mins. oven/4 mins. microwave (long enough to cook the egg in the crust). No draining necessary.

On top of it, add: 3/4 c. gravy, 1/4 c. cheese (optional), 1/2 c. leftover green bean casserole--if you still have any french-fried onions, sprinkle them on top.

Return to heat and cook until cheese is melted on top (if used). Cut and serve on plates with forks.

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2369 · March 29, 2011 at 12:26 AM

Meatballs! Just mix in a little almond flour, egg, onion, oregano, maybe a little parmesan if you like cheese. Roll 'em up, pop 'em in the oven, bake until done. Freeze the leftovers.

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889 · March 29, 2011 at 12:25 AM

I make ground beef 'hash' - brown ground beef and onions, throw in leftover roasted veggies or frozen ones. Add a bit of tomato paste and maybe a tablespoon or two of coconut flour for some binding. I especially like some sweet potato with this, but it depends on what veggies I have on hand.

Also you could make meatballs instead of meatloaf. I found this great recipe in the free primal blueprint cookbook. I like this one because it combines eggs and ground beef and is yummy:

GRASS FARMER'S PIE

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground beef (grassfed)

1 1/2 c chopped onion

1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

3 small dill pickles

1/4 c mayonnaise

2 T spicy mustard

6 large eggs (pastured, organic)

1/2 c coconut flour (organic)

1/2 t baking powder

DIRECTIONS 1. Preheat oven to 350??F. 2. Brown the ground beef. 3. Mix all of the other stuff up in a bowl. Sifting the coconut flour is not absolutely essential, but it helps get the lumps out and distributes the flour evenly. 4. Oil the muffin tins (I use spray coconut oil, which is the best nonstick oil in the universe). 5. This part is kind of fun. Take half of the egg mixture and divide it among the 12 muffin cups. Then add ground beef to each cup, until you???ve used all of it. Top each with the remaining egg mixture. They will be overfull and look kind of fluffy on top when you???re done. 6. Bake 25 minutes. Let rest 10 minutes so egg/coconut mixture finishes cooking.

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22913 · March 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM

Casseroles, Stir Frys, Lettuce Wraps. Just varying the spices/veg garnish with these opens a world of opportunity.

Im a big fan of Cabbage/Ground beef stir fry with Garlic, Ginger, Basil, Fennel and a little Tamari or Coconut Amino. Simple and crazy tasty.

Taco Lettuce Wraps with Homemade Pico de Gallo and Avocado slices is another easy favorite.

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22913 · March 29, 2011 at 3:27 PM

agreed Ritz!...

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288 · March 29, 2011 at 3:01 PM

try red cabbage instead of lettuce for the wraps - the leaves are really sturdy so they work great for tacos!

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3217 · December 03, 2011 at 1:40 PM

I've been cooking up a batch and keeping it in the fridge, then eating a bowl of it with melted organic valley pastured butter on top for breakfast.

Also, try lettuce wraps. Season with ginger and sesame oil and something spicy.

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7275 · December 03, 2011 at 1:19 PM

For breakfast, you can make your own breakfast sausage patties (or just saute it without forming patties) using sage, or sage and thyme. If you like the Jimmy Dean style of breakfast sausage, a lot of recipes online suggest sage, marjoram, red pepper flakes, and (a touch of) molasses. I haven't tried it out yet, but it sounds yummy.

I often season my ground beef with spirulina, sauerkraut, or salt/pepper/vinegar. I got sick of cooking fancy dinners, so I just started sauteing the ground beef with whatever I have laying around, usually leafy greens and small amount of a root veggie or winter squash. The ease of it made me realize why hamburger helper got to be so popular in the 1970s.

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37187 · November 16, 2011 at 9:35 PM

I use the slow cooker a lot; the beef heart I ordered a week ago was heavenly in a bone broth stew.

Some things, like bison liver or pastured burger patties I just fry 2 slices of bacon, take out the bacon and cook my grassfed beef in the bacon fat, then sprinkle with crushed bacon.

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2178 · November 16, 2011 at 9:32 PM

meat cupcakes with butternut squash icing.

http://seasidekitchen.blogspot.com/2011/04/paleo-meat-cupcakes-turkey-pork.html

bangin.

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3756 · March 29, 2011 at 2:51 PM

For a quick meal, I use an idea I took from Son of Grok.

1 lb grassfed beef

Guacamole

Pork rinds

Simply brown the meat, mix with guac, and enjoy with the pork rinds. It's a favorite for watching movies or games.

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15226 · March 29, 2011 at 3:51 AM

ground beef, spinach, and scrambled eggs all cooked in coconut oil on a skillet!

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1172 · March 29, 2011 at 1:42 AM

  1. paleo pumpkin chili

http://www.health-bent.com/proteins/pumpkin-chili

  1. paleo tacos: use packaged taco spice mixture in the ground beef. eat wrapped in romaine leaves or top a salad with it. add avocado, salsa of choice, pickled jalapenos, etc.

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558 · March 29, 2011 at 1:25 AM

I also make chili. This is my favorite recipe: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Havana-Moon-Chili-100551

I throw in more veg (usually extra red pepper and carrots), and omit the rice and beans. I usually make it with just beef. I usually have it with fresh cilantro at the end. If I'm eating dairy, I'll have it with sour cream, but most of the time I have it on its own.

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429 · March 29, 2011 at 12:05 AM

lately i have been buying grassfed ground beef from scottish highland cattle and it's so flavorful that i usually don't add anything. on ocassion i will fry some bacon and crumble it up and mix it with the ground meat and then throw it on the grill to medium rare. delicious!

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429 · March 29, 2011 at 12:59 AM

yeah man, i feel blessed to have 2 or 3 farms around here that raise only grass fed animals.

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1348 · March 29, 2011 at 12:23 AM

Yeah my local grass fed is epic all by itself.

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2949 · March 28, 2011 at 11:10 PM

I used to buy lots of organic diced tomatoes from costco (now I don't because I don't eat from cans anymore) but I still have like 3 cases in my trunk, so I should probably use them. I just make a spaghetti sauce- 2 cans/ lb of ground beef, some garlic, olive oil, basil, oregano, bay leaf, salt, pepper. I usually just eat it plain, you could put it over spaghetti squash though. It's really filling by itself.

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2949 · March 28, 2011 at 11:13 PM

I also stick it in curry sometimes. The town I lived in last year had like one health food store and they had ground beef but the chicken was so expensive that I didn't eat chicken for 6 months. I ended up putting ground beef in everything. It tasted pretty good in curry, I'd use about 1/3 pound per meal since I was just cooking for myself- ground beef, tomatoes, onions, garlic, yams, coconut milk, curry powder, fennel. Easy and fairly cheap.

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