Lately I've been on a mission to eat healthier and non-processed! The non-processed thing is so hard. Americans lead fast paced lives, working long hours and cramming as many activities as possible into our lives. This leaves little time to cook a homemade meal, not to mention one that doesn't involve a box or frozen good. Frozen and box items are just so darn convenient! I've recently seen some buzz on Facebook and other outlets about the Paleo Plan. I decided to check out the website and liked what I saw. It's a diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and seafood and low in foods that cause numerous health problems such as refined sugars and grains, dairy, trans fats, salt, high-glycemic carbohydrates, and processed foods. The website is full of information and recipes. You can even take it a step further and sign-up for $10/month and they will send you a weekly meal plan along with a grocery list. I especially like the grocery list because it's designed to help you buy only what you need so there isn't a lot of waste. If I decide to do the meal plans I will keep you guys updated on how I like it. Last night I tried one of their recipes and it was definitely a keeper.
Zucchini and Ground Beef
The recipe calls for coconut oil which I had never used. I was a little hesitant because I don't like the flavor of coconut but the oil really didn't have a flavor and there wasn't even a hint of coconut flavor in the dish.
Here are a couple of in the process photos
And the finished product which I paired with a Kalamata Focaccia round from Farrel Family Bread. I know, I know, bread is a grain but it's going to be awhile before I can totally give up bread and at least this kind is organic :)