Shredded beef with lemon, ginger and cauliflower

Make the most of meal prep! Combine slow cooked, shredded beef with cauliflower cooked with turmeric and ginger to create a ‘superfood’ powered dinner within 15 minutes.

From this to this …

Slow cooking beef in a tomato-based sauce, but then storing them separately turned into a bonus.

Originally planning on making beef enchiladas I was stopped in my tracks when I found I had run out of tortillas and wraps.

I’d batch cooked a large amount of beef so that I could have a healthy protein on hand that I could freeze in batches and use to make quick and easy meals. But enchiladas is what I was really craved. When I found I couldn’t make these I was really stuck.

After lots of opening and closing the cupboard, waiting for a miracle idea to appear I decided to use up the cauliflower that I’d bought with the best of intentions, but a week later was still languishing in the fridge.

To make it interesting I threw in some fresh ginger and turmeric. The snow pea sprouts didn’t get used, and I added lemon that I did have. Pine nuts would have turned this from good to sensational!

Your turn

>> What would you have made if you had these ingredients on hand? Would love to know if you have time to leave your ideas in the comments section.

Ingredients

Olive oil; shredded beef (Half a cup or so. Adjust how hungry you are); cooked quinoa or any grain or ‘filler’, e.g. pasta or rice (quarter of a cup or adjust to desired meal size); chopped cauliflower; grated ginger (I used about a heaped tablespoon); turmeric powder; (teaspoon) chopped coriander root (tablespoon); chopped coriander leaves; lemon juice (2 tablespoons)

*Note all ingredients are approximate and can be adjusted to how hungry you are, and your own taste. (e.g. I love turmeric so am pretty liberal with how much I add. Similarly I know ginger is good for me, so I’m generous with how much I use.)

In this instance I cooked more cauliflower than I would use so that I would have ‘prepped’ cauliflower on hand for other meals.

Instructions

  1. If you don’t have cooked quinoa or rice on hand, start cooking this now.

  2. Then gently heat a small amount of olive oil in pan and lightly fry freshly grated ginger with the turmeric and roughly chopped coriander root.

  3. Add the chopped cauliflower to the pan and toss until it is well coated. Add a small amount (e.g. 2 tablespoons) of water to the pan then place a lid on and cook for 5 - 8 minutes until the cauliflower is cooked to your liking. (Transfer to the microwave at this point if you prefer)

  4. When the quinoa is cooked, add cooked quinoa and beef to the pan warm through so the beef and cauliflower are warm.

  5. Toss through chopped coriander leaves and serve.

As you can see this is not a proper ‘recipe’. Rather general guidelines to explain how to create this meal. It is assumed you will add quantities literally based on how hungry you are!

  • This is an example of a ‘Desperado’ meal and it’s intended to show what can be done with certain ingredients and demonstrate how to ‘create’ a meal even if you don’t have a recipe to hand. If you want to learn more about this type of ‘recipe’ and how they are used in the blog, click here

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Tips and suggestions

Ingredient swaps

  • This meal could also be made with shredded pork or chicken.

  • Pasta, e.g. spirals or rice or cooked brown lentils or barley could be substituted for the quinoa

Taking it up a notch

  • coconut milk could be added to make a more ‘luxe’ version

  • toasted pine nuts, walnuts or pepitas would be a great addition

  • a sprinkling of currants would add sweetness and texture

  • a dollop of yoghurt, or a yoghurt-based dressing such as this one from xx would bind everything together nicely

Reaching your daily vegetable ‘quota’

  • Add broccoli florets and or frozen peas and or corn

  • Stir through spinach, rocket or watercress

Extra meal-prep

  • I cooked extra cauliflower for use in meals during the week.

  • I cooked a whole cup of quinoa, so I could freeze it into individual portions as shown here. (This is where I also talk about why if you are cooking any sort of ‘filler’ always use it as an excuse to ‘batch cook’ or meal prep’. )

  • If the quinoa had already been prepped and cooked this would have been a healthy, filling, tasty meal made in 10 minutes in one pan.

  • I also made myself poach the single chicken breast that I’d defrosted but ran out of time to cook. This means I have individual portions of quinoa and poached chicken to start re-establishing my ‘freezer stash’. (See here for poaching & batch cooking chicken)



Useful Links

  • Like shredded meat such as pulled pork? Read this post for 5 ideas for meals using pulled pork.

  • Want to learn more about batch cooking or meal prep - read here