Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beef Curry

I am always on the lookout for simple and delicious recipes that are made with ground meat. Why? Because it's inexpensive and thaws quickly when I pull a pound from the freezer and need to get dinner on the table quickly. I have my usual repertoire of tacos, spaghetti and hamburgers, but that gets old really quick. So it's nice to try something new.

This recipe from Whole. New. Mom. is unbelievable! The first time I made it, I nearly swooned! If you've never had curry, please, please, PLEASE try it! So stinkin' good! And it's easy and made with ground beef. Seriously simple stuff here.

The recipe is also easily adapted to the foods you like or have on hand. You can use any type of ground meat -- turkey, chicken, pork, venison. (It would be really good with wild game because the spices would help disguise the gaminess of the meat.) Or leave out the meat all together for a vegetarian version. Clean out the fridge and use a variety of vegetables. Carrots, cauliflower, green beans, asparagus, etc. would all be good in this. Just make sure you chop the vegetables to the size of peas. The version pictured below was made with ground turkey, asparagus and a handful of peas. We loved it!

Beef Curry
Source: Slightly adapted from Whole. New. Mom.

2 tbsp. oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef (or other ground meat)
1 ½ tbsp. curry powder
2 ¼ tsp. salt
⅛ tsp. pepper
⅛ tsp. cinnamon
⅛ tsp. ginger
⅛ tsp. turmeric
3 cups tomatoes (about 1 ½ 14-oz. cans)
3 potatoes
3 cups combination of vegetables, chopped to pea size
Hot cooked rice

Heat oil in a large pan. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onion softens. Add meat and cook thoroughly. Add curry, salt and spices. Stir well.

Dice potatoes (keep the skin on). Add potatoes, tomatoes and vegetables to the pan -- unless you are using peas. Bring to a simmering boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes, or until potatoes are done. Add peas to pan and heat through.

Serve over rice.

Quick Start with MSPI Mama: This is one of my Quick Start recipes.


Trista said...

Yum! Thanks for this recipe-I love Indian and didn't realize how easy it would be to have on the MSPI diet and not feel like I'm missing out on the delicious goodness that everyone else is eating.

I just recently was put on the MSPI diet when my 1 month old boy, who was born premature at 26 weeks, was having trouble gaining weight. Your recipes, tips, and fast food allergy info links have really helped. I was really overwhelmed until I found your site, and now I know I can do this and even still have fun with food! Thank you. :)

Andrea said...

My son spent a week in the NICU after his birth, Trista, so I know how absolutely crazy it is between all the hospital visits and trying to maintain order at home. (I was completely worn out after just a week. Can't even begin to imagine what months would be like!) Eating becomes an afterthought! So glad this site has been helpful for you as you deal with all that PLUS the MSPI diet! I'll be praying for your little guy that he'll grow! Good luck!!

Jessica Wolfe said...

This is a great recipe. I keep a can of diced potatoes and frozen chopped veggies on hand when I need to make this one extra fast. The whole family loves it!

Anonymous said...

I noticed my son had some issues when I ate beef, and my pediatrician mentioned that the same protein that is in milk and soy that cause intolerance in infants, is also found in beef. Have you noticed any problems with your little ones when eating beef?

Andrea said...

My MSPI kiddos never had a problem with beef, but I've heard from other mamas whose babies did. Fortunately, beef is pretty easy to sub out of many recipes by using a different meat.