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Spicy Ground Beef with Butternut Squash

Spicy Ground Beef with Butternut Squash

My meal prep included one of my favorites courtesy of www.myheartbeats.com

Spicy Ground Beef and Butternut Squash.

This recipe I will do anytime I come across butternut squash already cubed at Costco.

I saw it... I bought it... I get to make it!  If you do get the squash from Costco I typically just double the recipe and that will use up the entire container of squash. I have also done this recipe with brussel sprouts and asparagus in the past but I just love it with the squash! I'd say this recipe is 5 servings so the macro breakdown is 

Calories 250 NET Carbs 8g Fat 15g Protein 20g

2tbsp avocado oil

1 onion

1 serrano Pepper minced

4 garlic cloves minced

1 tsp salt, 1 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin, 1/2 tsp pepper

big pinch of nutmeg

1 lb ground beef

1 lb cubed butternut squash

Small handfull of minced fresh sage

1. Heat oil over med heat 2. Add the onion and pepper to brown 3. add garlic spices and beef and mix well 4.Once beef brown add squash and mix well. 5. Reduce heat to med-low and cover lid for 10 min until beef is cooked through and squash is cooked. 6. Add fresh sage, mix well, and serve.

This recipe is a great low carb staple!

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Mexican Zucchini and Beef Recipe

Mexican Zucchini and Beef Recipe

Many people have the misconception that eating healthy means consuming bland fruits and vegetables with little to no seasoning. This recipe, which I found from Low Carb Yum, squashes that healthy eating stereotype! This is one of my quick go- to recipes when I am in a time crunch and needing something savory!  It's flexible, fast, easy and only requires a few ingredients and spices that pack a tasty punch. In the past I have substituted other vegetables instead of the zucchini when it is not in season.  I have thrown in other vegetables such as roasted Brussel sprouts, asparagus and broccoli. I have also used this recipe without any veggies on hand by using sliced onion and bell peppers.  Not only is this recipe low-carb friendly, but can be modified several ways. I’ve used the mixture in zucchini boats, with almond flour tortillas and have and added  some guacamole and salsa in almond flour tortillas!

Ideal for: Low-Mod Carb Day

Calories 272

Fat 17.5g

Carbs 5.6g

Fiber 1.5 g

Protein 22g

 

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yields 6 servings

 

Ingredients:

2 medium zucchini sliced and quartered

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

2 cloves garlic minced

1 can Mexican style diced tomatoes with green chilis

(salsa or diced tomatoes could be used)

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

 

Instructions:

Brown ground beef with minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

Cook over medium heat until meat is browned.

Add tomatoes and remaining spices. Cover and simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes.

Add in zucchini. Cover and cook for about 10 more minutes until zucchini is cooked, but still firm.

 

 

Viola! That’s all there is to it to enjoy a low-carb, savory weeknight meal.