Beef & Veggie Lettuce Cups

April 9, 2012
By:  Maria
Do you ever have those days that are hectic and busy?
We all do, right?
The last thing you want to do is worry about spending too much time preparing dinner.  However, you need to eat and you know better than to grab a fast-food item.
This recipe will not require much time and effort, but will yield an incredible amount of flavor to your meal.
4 tablespoons coconut oil
½ cup yellow onions, diced
½ cup green onions, chopped
½ cup red bell pepper, diced
½ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
½ cup carrots, shredded
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound grass-fed beef
2 teaspoons chili powder (optional)
2 tblsp coconut aminos
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh parsley or cilantro
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lettuce leaves (I use romaine), washed and dried
Additional toppings of choice: Avocado, Guacamole, Salsa, etc
Heat 2 tablespoon oil in a large skillet on medium heat. Add the onions, green onions, bell pepper, and carrots and cook until all are softened, about 2-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for an additional

While the vegetables are cooking heat another large skillet on medium heat and add one to two tablespoons of oil to coat the bottom of the pan (or, wait until the veggies are done and use the same pan). Dump ground beef into the pan and sprinkle with chili powder (if desired – my young’uns don’t like that kind of heat, so I substitute with a smoked paprika instead). Cook the beef thoroughly and crumble into pieces. Once the beef is cooked, stir in vegetables and sprinkle with coconut amino’s, salt & pepper to taste (and more chili powder if desired). Remove from heat and stir in parsley or cilantro (we like the flavor of cilantro).
To serve, place the beef vegetable mixture into lettuce cups and serve with toppings of choice. I use avocado or guacamole and some pico de gallo that I have one hand.

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