All of the recipes contained herein are Paleo friendly and are gluten, dairy and wheat free in most cases. You may tweak them to your tastes or to avoid allergic reactions to certain foods.
Robb Wolf & Nicki Violetti
Ever on the look-out for portable foods and good deals, we present this month some of the hottest items in the market, whether super or farmers. Peppers tend to be pricey, as much as $6.99 per pound at certain times of the year, and while zucchini and squash in general are always reasonable, you can find both peppers and zucch’s at near giveaway prices in the coming weeks. Neighbors may also be unloading giant zucchini and squash they allowed to remain too long on the vine. The big question: what to do with the stuff? Here’s an idea:
This dish involves browning some form of ground meat. I actually prefer turkey for this as it has a milder flavor than beef but either meat will work well. We will build this assuming a 4 block Zone meal; simply adjust proportions for your needs.
Grate 2 cups of zucchini and add to a pan on medium heat with olive oil. You may add 2-3 cloves of crushed garlic, and ½ tsp of black pepper if you desire.
Cook for 2-3 minutes and then add 4 oz of ground turkey or beef. Cook uncovered stirring occasionally for about 15min or until the mixture releases no more water.
Scoop the zucchini/meat mixture into a pepper that has been prepared in one of two ways:
1) The top and seeds removed. This is fairly portable and can be eaten “in hand” once the mixture cools.
2) Open faced with the pepper cut lengthwise down the middle.
One large pepper will typically accommodate the recipe as described above. One may choose small to medium peppers to accommodate 2-3 block recipes.
Zone Blocks: As described above the recipe is 4 blocks of protein, 3 blocks of carbs (2 from the zucch’s, 1 from the pepper) and the fat content can be modified to your needs with olive oil providing 1 fat block per 1/3 tsp. One may balance the carb blocks by adding a bit of tomato sauce such as Pomi.