It's not uncommon for me to grocery shop on Sunday with a grand meal plan for the week, only to get super busy and switch direction, in the name of sanity. It's just what happens with kids, right Moms?!
I had a fabulous Shepherd's Pie with cauliflower topping in mind for ground beef one week. But, alas, two and four year olds know no boundaries so peeling away from them for 15 minutes to whip up a cauliflower mash? Taking out the food processor and making more dishes to clean later? No, thanks!
The cauliflower got my typical veggie treatment, a quick roast in the oven with some evoo, s+p (which should be any mom's staple in my opinion). Easy to assemble and the oven does all the work!
Late that same week, I was left with a lonely package of ground beef, a bag of brussels sprouts that were never used and two ripe avocados. I thought, "Why not just throw it all together?"...that's when the Beef & Brussels Bowl was born (with is now a family favorite!). These flavors work really well together and this takes all but 10 minutes to prepare.
What You'll Need (2 servings):
1/2 lb. of brussels sprouts
1/2 lb. of ground beef
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
Juice of one lime
1 tsp. celery seed
A few shakes of tabasco
1/4 c. jarred salsa
extra virgin olive oil
Trim brussel sprouts by cutting off the stem and peeling off one layer of outer leaves. Cut each in half. Heat 1-2 tsp. of evoo in a skillet or pan over medium-high heat. Add brussels sprouts and season with s+p. Brown the brussels sprouts for several minutes, turning periodically. Lower heat to med-low and cover pan. Cook for 5-7 minutes until brussel sprouts are cooked through. Remove from pan.
Add 1 tsp. of evoo into the same pan and add ground beef. Season with paprika, cumin, chili powder and s+p and break up with a wooden spoon as it browns. When browned, remove from pan.
Cut avocados in half and remove the seed from each. Scrape avocado from skin and place in a bowl. Add fresh lime juice, celery seed, s+p, a few shakes of tabasco and mix.
Layer bowl together starting with beef, then brussels sprouts and finally, topped with guacamole and salsa. Enjoy!