FOOD AS MEDICINE
Grassfed beef is rich in anti-inflammatory and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids) and is free from added hormones and antibiotics found in conventionally raised animal products. For meats, eggs and dairy there are significant nutritional differences in pastured animal products resulting in increased amounts of CLAs, which are fatty acids with research supporting efficacy as cancer fighting, aiding in weight loss, and supporting insulin sensitivity to promote blood sugar regulation. These CLAs are found 5 times higher in pastured grass-fed products which are also higher in amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, with 1/3-1/2 less fat and 1/3 less cholesterol than conventional products. With all the flavor of the burger, this casserole takes the grill-work out of the equation and uses just ONE skillet for the whole meal, making it a delicious and keto-friendly family meal that is on the table in less than 30 minutes!
For the casserole:
1 Tbsp avocado oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1.5 pounds grassfed ground beef
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 Tbsp tomato paste
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
2 roma tomatoes, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
2-3 fermented pickles, sliced
Shredded butter lettuce for topping plus 2-3 cups additional per serving as base of plate!
Any creative topping you can think of! Goat cheese, mushrooms, pickled jalapeños etc.
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Heat the avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium high heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, then add the garlic and cook 1-2 minutes. Add the ground beef and season with the salt and pepper. Brown, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Stir in the tomato paste and cook 1-2 additional minutes. Turn off the heat and layer the ground beef with the shredded cheese. Place in the oven and bake 10-15 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbling. Top with chopped tomatoes and onions, pickles and a drizzle of mustard. Serve over a bed of butter lettuce.
Makes 6 servings
Nutrition Per Serving: 328 Calories, 23g Fat, 3g Carbs, 25g Protein
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