No recipe, no problem

Preparation is key in sticking to a nutrient-dense whole food diet (or paleo, primal, whatever term you prefer). There’s no drive-through for leafy green vegetables and liver meatballs, and your dine-out options can be pretty limited too. This is why I like to cook and prep as much as possible in advance.

But a night without a plan is no reason for panic or an excuse to dial the pizza guy. And every dish does not need a name and an exact recipe. Believe me, it’s taken me a while to understand this!

The other night I got home with no dinner plan and no recipe in mind. In the fridge was a package of ground beef, a half a head of green cabbage and some other vegetables. Chop, cook, add some some spices – that’s dinner in less than half an hour!

Five-spice beef and cabbage bowl

1 tbsp coconut oil
1 onion
1 tsp garlic
1 lb ground (grass-fed) beef
1-2 carrots, sliced
1/2 green cabbage, shredded
Chinese five-spice
Bone broth
Salt & pepper

Heat the oil in a pan, cook garlic and onion for a few minutes. Add beef to the pan and brown, flavor with the five-spice. Add the carrot slices and cabbage with a little bit of broth. Cook covered for 5-10 minutes until vegetables are soft. Eat and enjoy!

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