What’s For Dinner? 2

Paleo “Greek” Ground Beef, Twisted Greens, Mushroom Tapenade


Dinner tonight was inspired by the picture to the right.

Here it is. What’s for dinner. We’ll be putting together, with the instructions below, a complete Paleo meal of “Greek” ground beef, a small side salad, and a mushroom tapenade. It’s a fairly quick meal, and delicious for everyone.

Mushroom Tapenade:

What you’ll need:

  • White Button Mushrooms, chopped
  • Crimini Mushrooms, chopped
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Onion or Shallot
  • Garlic, minced
  • Coconut oil
  • Coconut butter
  • Thyme, Basil, Nutmeg
  • Salt & Pepper

Start with the Mushroom Tapenade first, it’s best if you can let it sit. Add the coconut butter and oil to a medium or large sauce pan and heat on a low setting, mixing them as they warm up. While the sauce pan is heating up, mince the garlic and chop the onions. Add them to the sauce pan as soon as they’re done, mixing them in with the warming coconut butter and oil as it liquefies. Then chop up the mushrooms. Other varieties of mushrooms will work too, but I would recommend staying away from strong flavored mushrooms like Shiitake. Give the garlic and onion a couple of minutes of cook time before adding the mushrooms, then add them in, as well as all the spices and the tomatoes. Cook for another couple of minutes, stirring constantly, then turn off the heat and let it cool. This will be ready as soon as the meal is ready.

Paleo “Greek” Ground Beef:

What you’ll need for the Beef:

  • Grass-fed Ground beef
  • Coconut oil
  • Onion, chopped
  • Garlic, chopped
  • oregano, salt, pepper

And for the Paleo “Greek” sauce:

  • Coconut butter
  • Lime
  • Mint
  • Salt

First start the Ground Beef. Start heating the pan on a low heat, and add the coconut oil to the pan to let it warm. While that’s heating, in a mixing bowl add the chopped onions and garlic to the ground beef and mix thoroughly. I suggest using the onions and garlic sparingly, since the Paleo “Greek” sauce is intended to a primary flavor in this dish, and we don’t want the onions and garlic to overpower it. Add the meat to the pan and let it start heating. Spread the meat out, making sure to completely utilize the oil already in the pan. As soon as the meat has been spread out, add the spices to the meat in the pan and mix thoroughly. Keep this on a medium or low heat, ground beef cooks quickly, and you don’t want to overcook it.

Now start the “Greek” sauce. In a small sauce pan, heat up the coconut butter on a low heat. While that is warming, chop the mint and get ready to add it to the sauce pan. Once the coconut butter has fully liquefied, squeeze the lime in to the butter. Don’t be afraid to use too much lime, it’s a primary flavor. Add the mint and salt as well. Turn off the heat, and stir regularly while it cools. This will thicken as it approaches room temperature, and you want to make sure that the ingredients do not separate out (they won’t if you stir regularly).

Twisted Greens:

What you’ll need:

  • Salad mix, your favorite (for this flavor, I prefer Arugula)
  • Celery
  • Button Mushrooms
  • Lime
  • Olive Oil

In a salad bowl, add all ingredients and mix. This side salad is quite simple, and quite tasty. It will compliment the “Greek” ground beef very well. This is similar to a full salad meal recipe I make called the “Twisted Salad”, but as a side salad, I will use fewer ingredients, and will tone back the flavors a bit so that it’s not too primary in it’s flavoring. That said, if you want to scale up the flavor a bit, feel free to add any of the following optional ingredients: Parsnips (chopped), Cilantro, Ginger. Again, the flavor of this side salad should be supporting, not primary for this meal, so use the strong flavor ingredients sparingly.


Put the greens on the plate first. Next add the ground beef, drizzling the “Greek” sauce over the top. The sauce should be thick, but still liquid enough to drizzle it off a spoon. Finally, add the tapenade on the side (or on top of either the beef or the salad, as you like). And serve!

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