Leah is a follower of the 21-Day Fix. She works in mental health.
I wasn't really feeling the cooking tonight. It had been a long day, I had my workout, and I was absolutely exhausted. But... if I want to eat healthy, I have to cook. So I put on my big girl pants (ok, they were leggings) and made what was possibly one of the fastest meals I've made in a while.
I tend to cook with what I have around the house. This week was hectic with family stuff, social engagements, work, workouts, etc. I didn't have the time to go food shopping, which really stinks, but fortunately I had a bunch of basics on hand.
When you prepare this meal, feel free to use whatever vegetables or meat that you have around. It's super easy and can be altered in an infinite number of combinations, which I'll discuss later on. All I needed was some ground beef, a big can of diced tomatoes, any veggie (I used broccoli), and seasonings. 15 minutes later, dinner was on the table.
Skillet dinners are so easy, especially when there's very little prep work to be done. The prep involved for this meal was:
- Steam the broccoli in the microwave while the beef is cooking.
- Cut open the bag.
- Open the can of tomatoes.
Seriously! That's all the prep. What more can a busy cook ask for?
No Need For Oil
The nice part of cooking with ground beef is that you don't need to use any oil. The drippings from the beef give some fat to cook the veggies in. I dump a chunk of ground beef into the skillet and use a stirring spoon (or spatula) to chop it into smaller pieces. I keep separating it so that there aren't huge chunks of beef in the finished product.
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- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 2 teaspoons basil leaves, torn
- 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
- 1 package (~16 oz) frozen broccoli
- Himalayan pink salt, to taste
- Microwave the frozen broccoli to steam it.
- While the broccoli is cooking, put ground beef into a large skillet over medium heat. Break it into small pieces and make sure it's cooked all the way through (about 10 minutes).
- Add the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, basil leaves, tomatoes, and broccoli. Stir to combine and allow to simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. If desired, add a bit of salt (to taste).
- Serve and enjoy!
Container Counts for 21 Day Fix
The 21 Day Fix container counts for this recipe are:
- 1 red container
- 2 green containers
If you choose to add or change anything, or serve it over pasta (like I did), please don't forget to add those in!
I love making any easy skillet meal because you can customize it in about a zillion different ways. The only limit is your personal taste and imagination. Here's some ideas I came up with for variants, but feel free to comment with any other ideas:
- Protein. Ground beef is my jam. I totally get that it isn't everyone's thing, so you could swap out the beef for ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork (if you're not kosher). If you're vegetarian or vegan, use your favorite protein source. I happen to love Gardein beefless ground as well, but tofu could easily work in this dish too.
- Vegetables. I normally love to cook ground beef with zucchini, but I was out. Other veggies you could add are onions, brussels sprouts, yellow squash, green beans, cauliflower, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, basically anything.
- Sides. My mom follows a low-carb diet, but I don't. I served mine over whole grain pasta, but it would work just as well over zoodles, rice, or potatoes.
- Seasonings. I love big, bold flavors, so I put some hot sauce over mine as well. It gave it an extra kick, but you could also just use some crushed red pepper flakes. Instead of garlic powder, crushed garlic would be a good option too. This dish can handle a lot of seasoning, so try it with your favorite seasonings!
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