Pumpkin & Beef Salad

OK, so I’m only human which means there are many moments where the thought of spending an hour in the kitchen to prepare a healthy meal is just not appealing (especially after a long day of work).

Given that these moments happen quite often and I refuse to settle for low-quality food, I created a handful of go-to recipes that I can whip up in 20-minutes or less.

This Pumpkin & Beef Salad recipe is a heartier version of my Big Beef Salad and one of my go-to meals when lazy (and hungry) Jen strikes.

It also makes for a great post-workout meal since 1 cup of cooked pumpkin has 564mg of the refueling nutrient potassium. Potassium helps to restore the body’s electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning optimally.

Pumpkin & Beef Salad

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)

1 lb grass-fed ground beef

1/2 lemon (juice only)

2 cloves garlic (finely chopped)

1/2 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. coriander

398 ml canned pumpkin

1 tsp. sea salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Salad

8 cups salad greens

4-5 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tbsp. lemon juice

Sea salt to taste

Optional toppings: pine nuts and broccoli sprouts

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Add ground beef and lemon juice to pan. Break a part meat as you cook over medium heat.

2. When beef is 3/4 of the way done, add garlic and spices.

3. Cook until garlic becomes fragrant then mix in pumpkin, salt and pepper. Cook for 5-minutes.

4. In a large bowl, dress salad greens with oil, vinegar, lemon juice and sea salt. Toss salad and place onto a dish.

5. Add cooked pumpkin & beef onto the salad and enjoy!