Picadillo with Tostones (Gluten & Grain Free, Paleo)

Picadillo with Tostones (Gluten & Grain Free, Paleo)

Picadillo (pee-cah-DEE-yo) is an Latin American dish that combines ground or finely chopped beef, vegetables, olives and dried fruit.

Depending on the region and personal customs, picadillo serves as a main dish, often accompanied by rice and beans, or as a filling for empanadas, chiles rellenos, tamales, tacos, stuffed potatoes and more.

Since tostones have been a hot menu item for me lately, I decided to pair this picadillo dish with these delicious golden bites on the side. Tostones not only make this dish hearty, but they also do a great job of soaking up the sauce! A great complement to this dish, if I do say so myself 🙂

Here are a few other healthy ways you can enjoy picadillo:

  • Serve picadillo as a main dish with cauliflower “rice” or vegetable mash.
  • Fold a couple spoonfuls of picadillo into a gluten & grain free coconut wrap or tortilla.
  • Stuff bell peppers or baked sweet potatoes with picadillo.
  • Serve picadillo over spaghetti squash.
  • Use picadillo leftovers to make scrambled eggs.
Picadillo with Tostones

INGREDIENTS: (serves 2)
1 lb ground beef
1/2 large yellow onion, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup sliced and pitted green olives
1 bay leaf
1/2 tbsp avocado oil
3/4 cup organic chicken stock
1/8 cup dates, sliced

Get the recipe for Tostones, HERE.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. In a pot, heat avocado oil over medium-high then brown meat. Set meat aside in a bowl.

2. Reduce heat to medium and add onions and peppers. Sauté until onions are slightly caramelized. Add garlic and cook for a minute.

3. Add paprika, cumin, oregano, chili powder, salt and black pepper–stir for a minute until spices become fragrant. Add chicken stock and stir, scrapping off brown-bits at the bottom of the pot. Add in the browned beef, bay leaf, olives and dates. Mix to combine ingredients.

4. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and cook for 1-hour. Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

5. When the picadillo is 20-minutes from being ready, prepare the tostones (get the recipe, HERE).

6. Serve picadillo in a shallow bowl and place tostones around.

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Healthy Cheese Board

Healthy Cheese Board

Let’s talk about dairy …

There’s no question that dairy doesn’t work for everyone. Some people are allergic to or intolerant of the proteins in dairy, while others are highly sensitive to lactose, the sugar in dairy.

According to Chris Kresser, Functional Medicine Doctor, why dairy benefits some people and causes problems for others boils down to the health of the gut.

“If someone has compromised intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut”, it’s more likely that their immune system will respond to potentially allergenic components in milk such as alpha- and beta-casein, casomorphin and butyrophillin.

This is especially true for people who are gluten intolerant, because it has been shown that milk proteins commonly cross-react with gluten. Put another way, if you react to gluten, it’s more likely that you’ll also react to milk.

Along these same lines, people with small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) – which is one of the major causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – may be more likely to react to milk because the bacteria in their small intestine aggressively ferments lactose, the sugar in milk, causing gas, bloating and other G.I. symptoms.” Read more HERE.

If you’re not sure where you stand with dairy, the best approach is to remove it for 30 days and then reintroduce and see what happens. Elimination/reintroduction is still the gold-standard for determining sensitivity to a particular food.

If you are lactose intolerant, there’s good new … You may be able to enjoy some dairy since many types of cheese naturally have very low or non-measurable amounts of lactose.

Soft cheeses tend to have more lactose than hard cheeses. In addition, as cheese ages, it loses even more moisture, therefore the longer a cheese has been aged, the less lactose will remain in the final product.

Here’s a list of cheese types that are aged for long periods of time and are likely to have very small or non-measurable levels of lactose:

  • Cheddar (aged 12+ months)
  • Swiss (ages 14+ months
  • Gouda (aged 18+ months)
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano (aged 12 to 24 months)
  • Grana Padano (aged 12 to 20 months)
  • Mimolette (aged 22 months)
  • Romano (aged 3 to 4 years)

Give this fresh and delicious cheese board a try. Feel free to select cheeses that work well for your body.

Healthy Cheese Board

ITEMS:
3 cheeses of your choice
Grapes, green
Cucumber, sliced
Walnuts & almonds, raw
Olives, green
Bosc pear, sliced

INSTRUCTIONS:

Grab a glass of wine and let your inner artist have fun with laying out these foods on a wood board or large platter. Don’t forget to brag about your food art when company arrives ?

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