Things That Have Been in My Mouth: Carrot and Broccoli "Spaghetti" with Meat Sauce and Sweet Potato Fries
Get your mind out of the gutter.
So I just made something for dinner and my mouth/body fell in love to the point that I felt almost sinful not sharing the recipe with you guys immediately. Like, I want you to eat this for dinner. And cover your body in it. Or maybe I was just really hungry and it wasn't that good but there's really only one way to tell.
This is technically my first recipe post but as many of you know via my Instagram FoodFlashMob (@danikabrysha) I've been cooking up a storm since I began my journey to health a few months ago. I've been wanting to share recipes with you and so let's cheers our tea and ice waters to the start of something awesome.
Now, just a few notes. I mainly shop at Trader Joe's because I like my money, so most of the ingredients I use are from there. Also, I don't measure anything... because who has time for that? Really I just don't have a dishwasher in my NY studio apartment that I pay way too much for, and this gal is not about to wash an extra tablespoon for nuthin'. So if you have more specific questions, please don't hesitate to ask in the comments and I will not hesitate to answer you. Unless I'm really busy. Like on Pinterest or refreshing my Instagram feed or something. I also keep a lint roller close by the stove at all times. I just feel safer that way.
Everything I eat is free of dairy, grains, added sugars, additives and hormones, legumes, and all that junk that holds us back from functioning at our optimum level. And our goal here in my cyber universe is to help you be your best self ever as I continue my journey to be mine. I try to buy all organic as far as produce goes but it definitely isn't the end of the world if not. For meats, I make sure they are free of hormones, humanely raised, and fed proper feed. For beef, that means organic and grass fed. Cows are so stuck up.
I didn't plan on writing a blog on this but when my mouth felt that warm, salty, meaty explosion I sprinted (ok, I didn't sprint) to my computer to shout on mountaintops. Enough banter, more beef.
Grass-Fed Meat Sauce (Makes about 3-4 Servings: awesome left-over with just about anything expect probably fruit...)
1 Package (1lb) Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef from TJ's
Extra Virgin Olive Oil- If I had to guess I'd say 2 tablespoons)
3/4 red onion chopped
4 mushrooms (I think they're button, whatever that means) chopped
5 cloves of garlic chopped finely
10 cherry tomatoes- halved lengthwise
1 green bell pepper chopped
1/2 can (3oz) of TJ's organic Tomato Paste (comes in a 6oz can)
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Oregano, Basil, and lots of Red Chili Flakes if you like to spice things up
Organic Carrot and Broccoli Spaghetti (Makes about 2 servings)
One bag of TJ's Organic Broccoli and Carrot Slaw
1 tbsp Coconut oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Organic Sweet Potato Fries (Makes 2 servings)
2 small to medium organic sweet potatoes
1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste- (cinnamon and unsweetened shredded coconut are great additions too)
Sweet Potato Fries: Preheat the oven to 400. Chop sweet potatoes in half length wise and cut into skinny fries. Toss with melted coconut oil, salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet lined with foil. Bake for about 20-30 minutes or until some of the fry ends turn black. I like them crunchy. And this is my blog so thats how you're eating them.
Meat Sauce: In a large pan, sauté (fancy for "mix with plastic spatula I got at Target for $1") olive oil, bell peppers, onion, garlic, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes on medium-high heat for about 4-5 minutes until soft-ish. Add whole package of ground beef by breaking into pieces and then continuing to break with spatula. Mix meat in will with veggies and oil. Add spices to your liking- I love salt and red chili flakes so I went heavy on those but about 1-2 teaspoons of most of the spices should do. Cook until browned and add half a can of tomato paste and mix in well. Let meat sauce simmer on low heat for however long it takes to get everything else ready- anywhere from 8-20 minutes is great. Clearly this is a very serious recipe.
"Noodles": In another large pan, heat coconut oil and add full bag of carrot and broccoli slaw. Mix with coconut oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Saute for about 5 minutes until soft and noodley where you're like "woah, are those noodles or vegetables?... I guess I'll never know".
That's it! I'm not going to tell you how to arrange this on your plate because I like to believe that the people I surround myself with, i.e. you, know how to do such a thing. If you don't, maybe send me a private message. We'll have more to talk about than food aesthetics.
And Voila! A delicious Paleo, Whole-30 Approved, fancy looking meal that won't have you heading to bed or the toilet immediately after.
Let me know if you'd like to see more recipes or if you made this one and what you thought of it!
I love you.