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Quick and Healthy: Spicy Ground Beef Stir-Fry

The 4-Spice Rule

Part of what makes Paleo a sustainable venture is not having to pre-plan every single meal.  With a full-spice rack and a little practice, you can quickly and easily come up with something tasty. How?  By following the 4-spice rule.

Simply put, I try to use 4 spices in every meal. I learned this the hard way after suffering through months of bland food.  Almost any meal you cook will taste better with some combination of 4 different spices.  Don’t worry if you don’t have much experience in the kitchen.  When I started, neither did I.  You will learn quickly to recognize spices that taste good together. A good rule of thumb is to start cooking, and then pop open a couple of spices and smell them along with what you’re cooking to get an idea of how they will mingle with the food.

If that confuses you more than helps, just make sure you pick spices from the same family (coriander/cumin or oregano/thyme/basil or nutmeg/cinnamon, etc.), and you can’t go wrong!  When you’re feel more confident in your culinary abilities, start trying out some interesting combinations and see what you get.  With the different meat, vegetable, and spice combinations, you could literally never eat the same meal twice for the rest of your life!

A Recipe

When I’m in a rush and want to make sure to get some good meat and veggies in, there is nothing easier than a stir-fry.  Just throw some coconut oil down, brown the meat, and toss in the veggies with 4 spices to top it off. Today, I was futzing around in the kitchen and came up with this quick, delicious meal. Continue reading