Paleo-Quick: Beef & Tomatoes

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Folks tend to over complicate cooking. Have some good, basic ingredients on hand and keep it simple. This meal was delicious and easy as can be. I browned some grass fed ground beef in a pan with some diced green onions.  I put about 8oz of this into a bowl, toped the meat with 2 heirloom tomatoes from the farmers market and garnished the whole thing with balsamic vinegar and olive oil. Total cooking time: about 7 min. Now it’s time to back squat, power clean and work some Thai boxing.

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  1. evconvert
    August 12, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    How much of the beef juice do you eat? I think you’ve talked before on your podcasts about how grilling loses a lot of the juices. With 85% grassfed, do you try to sop up all the juice that you can? Do you try to minimize the juice? Something in between?

    • Robb Wolf
      August 13, 2010 at 10:25 am

      Evconcvert-
      Yea, I try to save all that. If I grill I use an indoor electric grill for most of this stuff.

  2. Drew
    August 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Looks delicious, I made something similar but a lil more on the lazy side. Just ground beef ( grass fed) and a can of organics fire roasted tomatoes. I’ll have to try the heirlooms as they are ripening in the Back yard garden right now.

  3. Ricky H.
    August 12, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Robb,

    Good post. Nice to get some ideas like this especially this time of year when there are better things to be doing than spending time in the kitchen cooking. Any chance you’d be willing to show us what a recent day or two of meals were for you? Thanks for all you do here!

  4. Roland
    August 12, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    This is a good example of how simple eating can be. Thank you.

  5. malac gilkey
    August 13, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Hey Robb,
    My wife and I have been Paleo ever since I was “certified” in Portland last year:)
    My wife is 8 months pregnant and has been dx with gestational diabetes (I truly believe its total bs and that the OGTT is inaccurate in so many ways that it is ridiculous, but I digress) We are using a birthing center with a midwife so it was a sad requirement that we consult with an “expert” in nutrition, which had to be the most frustrating 2 hour visit of my life (the RN who we visited with was diabetic herself and came in drinking a large diet coke…I threw an apple core in her waste basket and found multiple fast food containers…Im not judging…she then began to tell us how we were eating to “low carb” and how bad it was).
    ANYWAY, my wife left with a glucometer (awesome) and was told to check her sugars 4x a day for 2 weeks 1 hour after every meal and then send the results back in (BTW my wife does CFmoms and is 5’10 170…138 with out the baby, I know I know…Im trying to get her on to MEBB).
    So for 2 weeks we BOTH checked sugars, to compete, and all of our sugars were great, below 90 after 1 hour and fasting in the am low 70’s, she faxed her sugars in and was immediately called by above referenced nutritionist and told that her sugars were “to low” and asked to eat MORE carbs (complex of course) and check for another week, so we made up sugars that were slightly higher and faxed them in and have not received a call since. We eat fairly strict, always unlimited quantity and to satiety, we have never felt better. Im a Fire/Medic and will occasionally check my sugars at work for random reasons and several times have found my sugars in the low 60’s (no symptoms, feeling great)….and Im aware this flies in the face of western medicine (we practice under our protocols that we cant leave a diabetic at home with sugars less then 80).
    SO, my question is, based on your genius….what is to low (not according to western standards which seem to be on the high side)?

    Thanks,
    Silky

    PS I have listened to all 40 podcasts (freaking amazing) and cant remember hearing anything about this before.

  6. Niels
    August 13, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Tip for another “quickie”:
    1 ripe avocado
    1 lemon
    1 can of tuna chunks in olive oil

    Spoon out the avocado, mix it with the tuna (‘stir’ with a fork to get all small pieces). After that, squeeze out the lemon over the tuna+avocado or peel the lemon and cut it in really small pieces and add to tuna+avocado.
    Really easy, pretty delicious.

  7. Brenden
    August 13, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Hi Rob/Rob & Andy,

    First of all this is what I had for lunch yesterday, so fast and so good. It was a great item to cook up before work well heading out the door.

    I have a question that does not really need to make it on the podcast just having your feedback would be great:

    For the last 2 years I have gone thru this cycle where for 2 or 3 days i will be constipated and then by day 3 or 4 I have the craps and end up going 4-6 times in the span of 2 hours, which is really gets in the way of my work day or weekend.Both of these problems make it so generally i feel pretty crappy 90% of the time.

    Background:

    Last year I had bloodwork done to see if there were any problems and i never got a call from my doc with results which in his terms means there was nothing out of the ordinary.
    I am 22 and have just started working on getting my food in line, cutting out the garbage and alot of breads.
    I have not worked out for the sake of working out since i was 18 but because i live in the country I am still active I mow half an acre with a push, cut down trees on my yard and go for walks occasionally.
    On top of all this I have very mild crebral paulsy which affects my left leg and because of that my right leg is affected because it i twice as strong then my left leg and my muscles tend to atraphy(i cant spell that word properly) very badly.

    In closing any help you could give would be great as well i just wanted to say that I am probably your ONLY fan in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada. Can’t wait to read the book Robb!

  8. joey
    August 14, 2010 at 8:28 am

    I too find this stuff incredibly practical. I’ve listened to all of the podcasts also, and probably the most practical info I have taken from them is the ground beef, red cabbage, and coconut milk recipe Robb mentioned. It’s tasty, quick, and high quality. I probably make 2-3 lbs of grassfed ground beef or ground buffalo with this per week and get several meals out of it or variations with different veggies. My 3 year old and 13 month old eat it too.

    That’s not to say the other stuff in the podcast isn’t helpful also. Great work Robb and Andy! Can’t wait for the book. (Resisting the urge to make a joke about the number of listeners)

  9. Bill Strahan
    August 15, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    My go-to meal 4-5 days/week is just as simple. I cube a sweet potato and dice an onion and throw it in a big skillet with some coconut oil and water. Put it on high, and the water will boil/steam the onions and sweet potato very quickly. like less than 10 minutes. About the time the water has all boiled away, throw a pound of grass fed ground beef on top. Mash it up and keep the heat up and then cook that until the water from the meat boils away as well.

    It takes about 15 minutes and seasonings vary from garlic salt to oregan and basil, and occasionally some curry with about 1/4 cup of coconut milk added when I add the mat.

    A sweet potato, an onion, a pound of meat. It’s hard to go wrong.

    On a completely different note, I have a question about hydration. I just finished helping our gym owner move to new digs (more than double the space) and I sweat profusely. I drink enough water to stay hydrated, but after going through a gallon or more I can tell that I’m not getting all that I need.

    I havfe no desire to drink a sugary Gatorade style drink, but I’m not aware of a good solution to replenish what is lost without the added sugar and crap. I’d be fine mixing my own, and have no requirement that it taste good. Perhaps you could address this in the podcast?

    Thanks for your contribution to the health/fitness community!

    Bill

  10. Raj
    August 16, 2010 at 7:58 am

    Robb,
    Awesome recipe! I checked out some grass-fed ground beef at Trader Joes and noticed that the nutrition label said that it has1 gram of trans fat. Is this naturally occurring trans fat and is this OK to consume?

    Thanks much!

    • Robb Wolf
      August 16, 2010 at 12:36 pm

      Raj-
      Totally natural, actually beneficial and a reminder I need to do a blog post on this.

  11. Joy
    August 21, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    Thanks for another great podcast!

    Silky: Reading about your experience infuriated me – Using a glucometer to test blood sugar response to a meal (and first thing in the morning) is FAR superior to the OGTT. I have a guess as to why she failed the test, and hopefully others will chime in on this… since we eat low carb, our insulin sensitivity actually decreases RELATIVE to what it would be if we were eating higher carb… I know exercise increases insulin sensitivity, and it also varies with hormonal fluctuations/time of day… so basically the OGTT exposed her body to an ungodly amount of carbs (100 grams was used for this test, correct?) which it is currently not adapted to handle (which is a good thing – that she usually doesn’t dump 100 grams of sugar into her bloodstream!!!!) …. this adaptation to lower carb, in combination with the changes to insulin sensitivity that take place during pregnancy, was probably enough to make her fail. But a good practitioner would be able to “put two and two together” to understand the results…

    Interestingly enough, if you google “OGTT”, the info that comes up for preparation instructions says: “eat a balanced diet that contains at least 150 to 200 grams (g) of carbohydrate per day for 3 days before the test. Fruits, breads, cereals, grains, rice, crackers, and starchy vegetables such as potatoes, beans, and corn are good sources of carbohydrate.” Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…

    I have done experiements on myself using a glucometer to test blood sugar when I was learning about blood sugar response, glycemic index, etc and had the same question you posed about “what is too low?” My guess would be that our “norms” are based on our unhealthy population, and that ultimately you should go by the symptoms and how the person feels at that blood sugar level.

  12. malac gilkey
    September 1, 2010 at 7:12 am

    @joy
    Thanks for the reply.
    We basically are pretty sick of western medicine and have consulted with a naturalpath. I 100% agree with the “how the person feels” statement. She feels great so and the baby is due sometime after today…

  13. Lacey
    October 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Just started reading your book and the Paleo DIet. Feel better already! Lost 5 pounds in two weeks! Thanks for this post. It helps to have simple meal tips.

  14. Matthew Coast
    June 22, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Hey Robb,

    Great stuff, I love your materials. I’ve been a little confused with whether I should eat tomatoes or not. I’ve been through a lot of paleo materials, including yours, and many times I see it bashing on tomatoes.

    Are there specific tomatoes that are better to eat than others? Also, I’m assuming that the discrepancy on whether to eat tomatoes or not has to do with the reaction they have on your body. While I haven’t noticed any significant changes when eating tomatoes as opposed to not eating them, that isn’t to say that tomatoes aren’t slowly harming my body. What is your take on this?

    Cheers!

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