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How to cook ground beef/lamb for packed lunch?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 16, 2010 at 10:56 AM

My typical lunch for work is half a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket close to my office - not ideal but better than a sandwich!

I'm pretty sure I'd be much better off with some ground beef or lamb, which from what I can gather, here in the UK is mostly grass-fed?

Just looking for ideas for simple ground beef or lamb meals I can make in the morning to microwave at lunchtime. I'm thinking along the lines of browning meat, throwing in half a can of chopped tomatoes and simmering for 20 mins. Could you do the same with coconut milk?

I quite often make my own burgers for breakfast or dinner, so would like to make something different for lunch.

Any ideas please?

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

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on September 21, 2010
at 06:44 PM

@Diane - no worries.

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 20, 2010
at 05:27 PM

Wait, why wouldn't people want to see pix of food? Confused...

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 20, 2010
at 05:27 PM

Oooh! Sorry! I didn't mean to really self-promote, more to share the resources that are available as articles/blog posts on my website. I write a lot of content about this stuff. SORRY!! :(

35a9207254408c6907f7082640c7bfaa

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on September 18, 2010
at 04:15 AM

beef, extra fat, and tomato sauce is so delicious. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life.

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

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on September 17, 2010
at 01:34 PM

Good call on the romaine lettuce. I do this with tuna sometimes, never thought to do it with cooked meat!

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on September 17, 2010
at 01:33 PM

Hi Diane: It might be prudent to not include your website info here. There was a warning blurb about that kind of thing yesterday. Also, not to be negative, but many people on here take pictures of their meals...although if your meals involve ground beef/lamb, that's a different story!

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

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on September 17, 2010
at 01:32 PM

I made this this morning whilst I was making breakfast. Just had it for lunch. Awesome!! 400g Beef, tbsp curry powder, 1/2 tin tomatoes, 1/2 tin coconut milk.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on September 16, 2010
at 08:32 PM

Meatzza bites. Little bite sized meatzas

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

(45)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:54 PM

That sounds good! I could make that in the slow cooker overnight!

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

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on September 16, 2010
at 12:36 PM

Oh yeah I make meatballs for dinner occasionally and will make a big batch and bring leftovers for lunch ...make em with beef and pork mixed. I quite like the meat loaf idea, and you've made me think of the meatzza! Now THAT would be a good lunch! Thanks for your ideas - please keep em coming!

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on September 16, 2010
at 08:29 PM

My brunch for the next 4 days:

  • Brown 1 lb ground beef together with spices of choice (I like cumin/chili/garlic powder).
  • Throw in half a can of tomato sauce.
  • When it's warm, I pull it off and slap on a pound of cottage cheese(cc). Salt depending on whether the tomato sauce/cc is salted.
  • If you're a rabbit, microwave 0.5lb of spinach and mix it in.

Takes about 5-10 minutes tops. Huge whack of protein and you'll be good to go till dinner.

If you use coconut milk instead of cc, just chuck in a couple tbsps of curry powder and garlic when browning the beef and you have yourself a curry.

Blast in more tomato sauce/chili powder/oregano, top with sour cream and cheese, and you have chili. I don't care much for chili with thousands of ingredients.

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

(45)

on September 17, 2010
at 01:32 PM

I made this this morning whilst I was making breakfast. Just had it for lunch. Awesome!! 400g Beef, tbsp curry powder, 1/2 tin tomatoes, 1/2 tin coconut milk.

35a9207254408c6907f7082640c7bfaa

(822)

on September 18, 2010
at 04:15 AM

beef, extra fat, and tomato sauce is so delicious. I could eat it every day for the rest of my life.

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C1fb8666b1ae085507a76a4c494e4f0a

on July 30, 2011
at 01:27 PM

Mark Sisson has a recipe for lamb meatballs that I LOVE, and that works well with beef too. Per pound of meat, use 1/4c parsley or dill, 1/2tsp cumin & paprika, 1/4 tsp allspice, cinnamon, salt. (He includes pine nuts as well, I leave them out). Mix in with an egg OR some oil to bind everything, sear on both sides for 2 minutes then simmer for 10-12 minutes. Great hot or cold!

The meatballs also make a great pan sauce on their own from the fats and spices, and if you chuck in some stock, lemon juice afterwards (can also add yogurt or coconut milk to thicken) and dip or toss, FABULOUS. You can also cook veggies in the pan sauce after removing the meatballs (or throw some in there while the meatballs are simmering... I've used zucchini 'noodles', tomatoes, eggplant, yellow summer squash, spinach...)

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4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 17, 2010
at 04:02 AM

I personally am a fan of the romaine lettuce boat concept. Cook up your ground meat with whatever extra veggies and spices mixed in, then bring it to work separately from some lettuce and some avocado. You can actually either leave the meat at room temp to eat it or microwave it and then spoon it liberally into the lettuce leaves and top with some avocado. I ate this for dinner today with lamb. I use ground meat often but sometimes I get stew meat and cook it really quickly (basically a sear) and then cut into 1/2" pieces to put in the boats.

EDITED -- Diane, please see here: http://paleohacks.com/questions/10373/meta-what-are-patrik-paleohacks-policies-when-it-comes-to-self-promotion

Thanks, Patrik

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

(24543)

on September 17, 2010
at 01:33 PM

Hi Diane: It might be prudent to not include your website info here. There was a warning blurb about that kind of thing yesterday. Also, not to be negative, but many people on here take pictures of their meals...although if your meals involve ground beef/lamb, that's a different story!

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

(45)

on September 17, 2010
at 01:34 PM

Good call on the romaine lettuce. I do this with tuna sometimes, never thought to do it with cooked meat!

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 20, 2010
at 05:27 PM

Wait, why wouldn't people want to see pix of food? Confused...

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on September 21, 2010
at 06:44 PM

@Diane - no worries.

4a1966b5bc00a9aefd3abd63b9913284

on September 20, 2010
at 05:27 PM

Oooh! Sorry! I didn't mean to really self-promote, more to share the resources that are available as articles/blog posts on my website. I write a lot of content about this stuff. SORRY!! :(

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D66140486192cf700c78e7e9ae1fd42c

on September 16, 2010
at 12:20 PM

Not sure if this is what your thinking but after the hubby was burning out on gr. beef I tried making them into meatballs with jalapeno's with homemade salsa or guacamole. We also shaped them into meat loafs and really played up the spices and ground up veggies inside. Although my ultimate favorite is stuffing the meat with tomato, garlic, and said veggies inside a hulled pepper or tomato. Boil the pepper or tomato first though.

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

(45)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:36 PM

Oh yeah I make meatballs for dinner occasionally and will make a big batch and bring leftovers for lunch ...make em with beef and pork mixed. I quite like the meat loaf idea, and you've made me think of the meatzza! Now THAT would be a good lunch! Thanks for your ideas - please keep em coming!

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on September 16, 2010
at 08:32 PM

Meatzza bites. Little bite sized meatzas

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A8d95f3744a7a0885894ee0731c9744c

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on September 16, 2010
at 12:45 PM

There is a GREAT paleo chili recipe here: http://theclothesmakethegirl.blogspot.com/2009/02/my-favorite-chili-recipe.html

I made it the other night. It was easy to make, and great for my lunch in the office the next day!

Good luck!

6c07a24348327d1aec50a9e924529a97

(45)

on September 16, 2010
at 12:54 PM

That sounds good! I could make that in the slow cooker overnight!

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