Recipe Collection: Beef with Tomato and Zucchini

admin January 28, 2010

When I was faced with the necessity of cutting grains out of my diet recently, I had to become more creative in what I cooked. This recipe was born of necessity. If you’re not grain-free, you could serve it with some pasta as a sauce. If you are, it’s great just by itself. 🙂

1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 c. chopped tomatoes or strained tomatoes
1 zucchini, chopped
1/2 tsp. basil
1 tsp. sea salt

Heat olive oil in a large pan. Add garlic, zucchini and beef. Cook until beef is browned. Add tomatoes and spices. Cook until zucchini is soft and flavors are mixed, 10 – 15 min. Serve by itself or over pasta.

*I personally like it better with chopped tomatoes, and even if I use strained tomatoes (I haven’t found chopped tomatoes in glass jars yet and the flavor of the raw tomatoes isn’t quite the same) I will usually add some fresh tomatoes too. I think, though, if you were using it as a sauce, you would prefer strained tomatoes. It is VERY thick and meaty but that is the point; it can be a meal in itself! Would go great with a nice salad too.

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  1. Ooooo Yum!

    I made a dish like this all summer, except that I roasted the stuff instead of sauteing. Roasting really brings out the flavor a lot more.

    Tonight for dinner I made this:

    Green Bean and Ham Casserole

    1 pkg frozen cut green beans
    cubed ham (from a previously cooked whole ham)
    1 onion
    3 cloves garlic
    ground mustard

    Saute onions and garlic in olive oil, add ham to warm it up, add spices. Mix in cooked cut green beans, add more olive oil to coat it evenly. Place in baking dish and broil for a few minutes to brown.

    SO good! It really hit the spot and somehow satisfied my cravings for pasta, brownies, and cookies today. Plus it used spices I don't normally use so it tasted different which was awesome.



  2. Very Yummy!!! I added some mozzarella cheese on top, too. Delicious!


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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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