Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Grass Fed Beef in Tomato Sauce over Yogurt Dill Green Beans

 This creamy, hearty, fresh tasting meal came to be one night when the one spaghetti squash I had was not fit to eat, and the jar of pasta sauce I was sure I had was half empty.  There was a single serving of yogurt left in the fridge; and added as an after thought it actually is what brings this dish together.  This really is a simple, easy and quick dinner.  Adding dill is not necessary, but it does step it up from being a normal meat sauce.

I always keep a large can of diced tomatoes in my very small pantry as a staple.  For this recipe I pureed the tomatoes in my mini cuisinart food processor (my favorite kitchen tool) before adding them to the beef.  But the wonderful thing is that's all the sauce is!  See, I told you, simple!

 Grass Fed Beef in Tomato Sauce over Yogurt Dill Green Beans

1 lb grass fed beef, ground
1-2 T olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes, pureed
salt and pepper
1 lb green beans steamed
1/2 C yogurt
1/2 tsp dried dill

Bring water to a boil and steam the green beans for 10-20 minutes, depending on how soft you prefer them.  Make sure to wash and snip the ends off the green beans if you get them fresh.

Heat the olive oil in a saute pan over medium to medium high heat and cook the ground grass fed beef with salt and pepper until it has crumbled and is just brown.

Pour the pureed tomatoes over the ground beef and season with salt and pepper.  Mix well with the beef and heat over low until ready to serve, a minimum of 5 minutes.

Once the green beans have cooked to the desired softness, strain the water and spoon into bowls.  Top with the beef and tomato sauce.

Mix the yogurt with the dried dill and spoon over the dish. 

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