Puerto Rican Beef over Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Today was a very exciting day.  My very good friend Kyle unveiled my new blog site.  Let’s just say I am the chef and HE is my computer guy.  🙂  The Paleo Prize has an all new look, and it’s much more in tone with what my vision was.   Of course, as with every Tuesday, I had to treat him to a wonderful Paleo meal.  Today was no exception, and since he made this beautiful blog site for me I have promised him some chocolate-covered bacon.  Not a bad deal, eh? 

Our meal for tonight was perfect in that it was truly comfort food.  Not in the typical sense of it originating in the South and being smothered in gravy, but it was simple.  Sometimes I can get caught up in lists and lists of recipes I’m wanting to try that I forget how great these simple nights are.  This is a meal I have made in the past, and I usually encourage following a recipe by the letter the FIRST time, but after that…do whatever you feel.  Get creative with it.   What I consider simple but comforting foods are those that you can pile all in one bowl or pile on a plate and just eat, no knife required, no separation of meat and side…just a pile of stuff you can scoop up and move towards you mouth.

On the way home from work today I saw a handfull of people running; it must have been beacuase of the great weather.  I couldn’t help but be sucked into the craze.  While I usually go for more quick and intense types of workouts (deadlifts, thrusters, box jumps, etc.) sometimes when the weather is nice — running can be a lot of fun.  Jason agreed to go with me so we spent some time jumpin’ around and then took off towards our 2 mile marker.  Problem was — I performed horribly.  Don’t get me wrong; I ran the entire 2 miles without stopping, and it was at a decent time, but it didn’t feel good.  The entire time my feet were hurting, my legs were sore and felt heavy, and it just wasn’t as easy to move my body around as it usually is.  After we got back home I went into the kitchen to get a drink of water and I paused, looked at the calendar and realized that it was my 4th day in a row of working out.  Now I know that doesn’t sound like a lot, but when your workouts consist of you really pushing yourself to the limit, lifting as heavy as you can, going as fast as you can it really takes a toll on your body.  I had no intentions of over-training or over-working myself, but sometimes you get caught up in daily routines that you don’t listen to your body as much as you should.  You have got to trust your gut.  We say that a lot in the Paleo world.  My run wasn’t enjoyable because my body simply wasn’t wanting it.  Tomorrow I will sleep in a little, have no alarm set — wake up naturally (whenever that may happen on it’s own) and just have a pleasant morning.  No working out tomorrow, promise! 

Now then — THAT is why this recipe was comforting to me…easy and simple.  I got this recipe from one of my favorite books “Everyday Paleo” by Sarah Fragoso.  She is truly amazing, and it was the very first book I ever opened regarding Paleo eating.  Let me tell you, this woman can cook.  You should also give her successful blog a try @ www.everydaypaleo.com.  Now for the recipe so you can feel comforted right along with me.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 each green, red, and yellow bell pepper, sliced (I used one whole green and one red)
  • 1 white  onion, sliced
  • 3 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1/2 tbsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried oregano
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 1/2 cup pimento-stuffed green olives (I used garlic stuffed ones because they’re all I had on hand)

Process

  1. In a large skillet brown the ground beef.
  2. Add the bell peppers, onions, and olive oil and saute until the onions and peppers are tender.
  3. Add all of your spices and mix well. 
  4. Add your kale greens, olives, and continue cooking until kale is wilted. (I leave it for a good 7-10 minutes)

**Serve this mixture over some mashed sweet potatoes.  I like to boil mine and then mash them with a little bit of pastured butter and some cinnamon.  The cinnamon really goes well with all the spices that are in the beef mixture. 

***BONUS – eat with a bunch of sliced avocado on top because you should put it on everything 🙂

****Now as far as planning ahead goes, save just a few pieces of your bunch of kale and eat the following morning for breakfast sauteed with a bunch of bacon.  Now that’s listening to your gut AND usin’ the old noggin, eh?

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