Well, hello! If you didn’t already know, my gorgeous boyfriend is half Filipino. =)
As such (especially in and around Daly City), we have had a lot of adventurous food choices, which lend themselves well to the nose-to-tail aspect of Primal eating – things like fish head soup (yes, I ate a fish eyeball at his Grandma’s house), and different organ meats! It’s common in almost every culture but American! It is healthy for you, and I feel better about an animal losing its life for my food if I know the whole animal was used!
Anyway, this recipe doesn’t actually have organ meat, though it could! It just happens to be my favorite Filipino dish! I combined recipes between the ingredient list from the restaurant where I first found it, and this recipe here!
Obviously, the presence of chickpeas, peas (which I forgot, but were in the recipe) as well as raisins and bananas don’t make this an ideal primal meal, but if you’re going with JERF and moderation, this is delicious!
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Without further ado, here’s the recipe I used (plus peas, because I meant to add them)!
2lbs ground beef (or one pound each beef or pork, or sneak in organ meat)!
½ cup raisins
1 cup frozen green peas
1 can garbanzo beans
10 baby carrots, diced
1 giant red pepper, diced
1 medium yellow onion, minced
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 medium tomato, diced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon gluten-free soy sauce
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
6 pieces fried banana (saba)
6 pieces fried eggs
In a large cooking pan, sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, tomato and red pepper.
When the tomato becomes soft, put-in the ground beef and pork. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes.
Pour-in tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and raisins. Stir and then cover the pan. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes or until the liquid evaporates.
Remove the cover and then put-in the green peas, garbanzo beans. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes in low to medium heat.
Arrange in individual plates with steamed rice, fried bananas, and fried eggs.
Serve. Share and enjoy!
Optional additions: You can serve this over rice, cauliflower rice, or fried potatoes (Patio Filipino’s site says “Friend Potatoes,” which made me giggle)!
Notes: In case you don’t know how to make fried bananas: I sliced bananas, put honey on each side and sauteed them in hot butter.
Also, for the eggs: we didn’t fry all six eggs at once, just fried a few initially and then made them fresh to top leftovers – or mixed the Carne a la Cubana in with scrambled eggs for leftovers!
Let me know what you think if you try it! 😉
What else would you like me to Primal-ify?
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