Vegetables with Ground Beef

Source: Food Combining for Health
Made: November 12, 2013
Yield: 3-4 servings
Time to make: 2 hours, mostly simmering time.

A nice satisfying stew.  I really liked this. And except for a tiny ½ teaspoon of potato flour it is pretty much devoid of starch, so it’s a good paleo choice.  With extra time, it would work well in a slow-cooker. Actual preparation prior to simmering only takes 15 minutes or so.

Vegetables with Ground Beef

Vegetables with Ground Beef
2 tsp. sunflower seed oil
12 oz. lean ground beef
Seeds from 3-4 cardomom pods
½ tsp. dried thyme
1 small piece well-scrubbed orange peel
3 Tbsp. water
2 cups mixed vegetables, roughly chopped (such as 1-2 zucchini, 2 good-sized mushrooms, a large carrot, a piece of celery root, 3-4 shallots or 1 onion, ¼ red pepper)
½ tsp. potato flour
1 Tbsp. finely chopped parsley
Sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste

For garnish:
4-6 tomatoes
1 tsp. chopped fresh basil (or dried basil if fresh not available).

Heat oil in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan.
When medium-hot, add ground beef, cardomom seeds, thyme and orange peel.
Stir with a wooden spoon until all the meat grains are separated.
Add water and vegetables.
Cover and simmer at very low heat for 1½ hours.

Add a little more water during cooking if necessary, but by the time it is fully cooked nearly all the water should be evaporated.
Mix potato flour with 1 tsp. cold water and stir into the stew until it thickens slightly.
Add seasoning and chopped parsley.

Near the end of the cooking time, cut the tomatoes in half and broil for a few minutes until somewhat soft.
Sprinkle with chopped basil.
Serve stew on a platter with tomatoes along side as a garnish.


Chicken with Lemon

Source: Food Combining for Health
Made September 18, 2013
Yield: 4-6 servings
Time to prepare: 1 hour

This is a wonderful way to cook chicken.  Although it is done in the oven, the wrappings mean it is steamed rather that roasted.  I used my covered clay cooker rather than wrappings, but that worked well too.  I brought in freshly-picked greens (arugula and basil, as well as the parsley stuffed into the chicken) from the garden to serve with it.

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Almond Balls

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried: May 27, 2013
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes  (or time to skin the almonds)

This is a nice and easily made cheese ball.  One addition I would make to the instructions is to grind the toasted sesame seeds so they don’t catch in your teeth and are easier to digest.

Almond Balls

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Celery Root Soup

Source: Food Combining for Health
Date tried: April 17, 2012
Yield: 4 servings
Time needed: 10 minutes or less

A delicious and simple one-vegetable soup.  This sort of lunch was a mainstay of my diet when recovering from surgery. Celery root is one of my favorite vegetables for a plain soup.  One can use the same technique with potato, sweet potato, carrots, parsnips and squash.

Celery Root Soup

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