What’s For Dinner? Beef Picadillo, Sweet Potato, Roasted Yellow Squash


UPC’s Beef Picadillo

This week has been an “Off Week” in my workout schedule. I guess I shouldn’t quite call it a “schedule,” since I don’t actually schedule any of my workouts. More appropriately, I should say that my body has called for a low-week this week, and I’ve obliged. I’m bringing this up for a couple of reasons. Most of us experience cravings from time to time, and we deal with them in various ways. Interestingly, I think that a lot of us experience non-food cravings, and we don’t manage those as well as we do with our food cravings. So I am going to do my Weekend Food Commentary post this weekend on Cravings. I will discuss several different kinds of cravings, including the ones that I am most interested in: food cravings and workout cravings, and of course the inverse of those: IF cravings, and “no workout” cravings.

UPC’s Beef Picadillo; What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1/2 cup Raisin (Organic)
  • 1/2 cup Green Olives, crushed (also Organic!)
  • Turmeric, Salt, Pepper; optional: Ginger, Garlic, Mustard Seed
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil
  • Yellow Squash
  • 1/2 Large Sweet Potato

Serves: 2
Cook and Prep Time: 25 minutes

1. Put the ground beef in a pan with the raisins, green olives, spices, and cook on medium heat, covered.

2. On the sides of the pan with the ground beef, make some space for the sweet potato and put it in the pan, skin side down. Recover the pan and continue to cook on medium heat.

3. Over the next 10 minutes, stir the beef regularly, making sure that the olives and raisins are well mixed in with the beef as it cooks. Do the best you can to leave the sweet potato undisturbed on the side of that pan.

4. After 10 minutes of cooking, the beef should be fairly well cooked and mixed; turn the heat down to a medium-low, and leave it cooking, covered. Leave the sweet potato in with the beef.

5. 5 minutes after you turn down the beef, add the sliced yellow squash (or any squash) to another pan with the coconut oil.

6. Heat the pan up to high, and cook on high until both sides of the squash are browned, then remove from the heat immediately.

7. As soon as the squash is ready, serve your meal!


  • Since I’ll be writing about cravings this weekend, let’s talk about those:
  • What kinds of Cravings do you experience regularly?
  • Keeping in mind that cravings run the gambit of all sorts of physical and mental “periodic needs” – which cravings are you most familiar with dealing with?
  • Which cravings sneak up on you and surprise you?
  • Are there any cravings that you get that you don’t understand, or don’t know how to deal with in a healthy way? Yes, this could include sugar cravings; but there are other kinds of cravings that people aren’t normally aware of too, like sleep cravings (mid-afternoon nap?) or socializing cravings.
  • Let’s hear it on the comments board!

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