My normal Saturday morning ritual is to hit the gym at 7:00am for an hour or so of Olympic lifting. After that I head over to a nearby farm where I get most of my produce (even in these harsh New England winters Jaimie over at Springdell Farms manages to have something delicious for me). The weekend before New Year’s I picked up another huge, pastured turkey weighing in at 20-25 pounds. The one we had at Thanksgiving was so unbelievably delicious we wanted another one for our annual New Year’s dinner as well. If you haven’t tried Culinary Cave Dad’s Super-Delicious Turkey Brining Concoction, you really owe it to yourself to try it.
Anywhoo. I got home with said huge turkey and discovered I had absolutely no where to store it. See, just after Thanksgiving my friend Matt, who’s parents own Bear Hill Farm informed me that my pig was ready. This was quite fortunate since I was pretty much out of meat at this point. Of course, when it rains it pours, and less than 2 weeks later, Carolyn, my beef farmer from Wheel-View Farm e-mailed me to let me know they were going to be heading out on their “Eastern Tour” to deliver grass-fed beef orders. John and Carolyn live “out west”, about an hour from me. Every few months they make a trip east and stop at various, convenient meeting places so their customers can swing by and pick up their orders. Fortunately for me, they’re willing to stop at a place just off the highway less than 10 minutes from my house! Unfortunately for me, they were coming the weekend before Christmas. I had little room in my chest freezer for 100 pounds of beef, grass-fed or otherwise.
But what choice did I have? They wouldn’t be coming back this way for at least another 3 months, so it was now or drive out there when I got the chance. I spent the better part of 2 hours re-arranging the chest freezer in the basement and the freezer upstairs as well trying to fit both the pig and the beef. I finally made it all fit. That’s when it hit me that of my 100 pounds of beef that I get, 60 of it is ground. 60 pounds of ground-beef. Contemplate that for a minute. 3 bags at 20 pounds each of 1-pound packages of ground beef. The 1 pound packages certainly make it far more convenient than those 5+ pound “family packs” I could get at the local warehouse store. But 60 pounds is a LOT of ground-beef. Fortunately, I LOVE a good burger, and we have them often with that much on-hand. It’s kind of our “goto” meal. But there’s so much more you can do with ground beef. Yet, pretty much all we ever do it with is make burgers, my favorite Ginger Curry Acorn Squash Hash, and the occasional meatloaf.
So, I put the call out to some of my fellow Real Food Blogger friends for more ideas. Below I have collected 32 different recipes for using ground-beef. Not all of them a strict Paleo, but it’s not tough at all to adapt them by substituting or just leaving out entirely, the non-Paleo ingredients. Enjoy!
Soups & Stews
And if all that isn’t enough, Loriel over at Healthy Roots, Happy Soul and Andrea over at Homemade For Elle have similar posts with even more Ground Beef recipes! That’s 133 recipes for ground-beef. I think that might be more recipes than I have ground-beef for 🙂