Ground Beef Goodness

 Ground beef patty over massaged kale with sauteed sweet and spicy cauliflower and bell peppers, topped with blue cheese.

Ground beef patty over massaged kale with sauteed sweet and spicy cauliflower and bell peppers, topped with blue cheese.

It literally took me 14 minutes to make this. I don’t like when people use the word literally just because but I ACTUALLY LITERALLY mean it – super quick, amazing lunch.

I bought this ground beef at Belcampo Meat Co. because I like to purchase the most sustainable meat available to me. After some research (and a pro tip) I’ve also found that the ground beef also happens to be the best bank for my buck.

In a bowl I mixed ground beef, fresh chopped mint leaves, and minced garlic. I sprinkled that with salt and pepper before digging my hands into the meat – my favorite part of cooking ground beef. No, it’s not gross, is it?! Whatever.

I heated olive oil in a pan (medium heat), formed a perfect patty, and placed it right smack in the center of the pan. I covered the pan and let the patty dance in the sizzling oil – things got steamy.

In a different pan I heated coconut oil and sautéed cauliflower and red bell pepper. (Side note: this week I bought the best bell peppers I have EVER had from BiRite – the taste was noticeably different and juicy.) I added salt, pepper, cumin, and chili powder to the chopped up vegetables. When they were nearly ready I threw in a splash of maple syrup to create a sweet+spicy+crunchy effect – SUCCESS!

Somewhere in between the sautéing and the maple syrup, I flipped the patty over to cook evenly. When the patty was ready to serve (in other words it had that dark brown crispy look on each side) I assumed the vegetables were done also. I massaged baby kale with a splash of balsamic vinegar to use it as a cushion for the perfect little ground beef patty I had just given new life to. I topped it all off with blue cheese crumbles and by minute 15 I was expressing gratitude over this amazing meal (and taking an iPhone photo, obvi).

Hey, I hope you enjoy it! 

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