30 Day Challenge Dinner Recipe – Italian Meat & Green Beans

Posted on May 17, 2011


Here it is! One of our top meals so far on the 30 Dal Challenge! This is an adapted version of Robb Wolf’s recipe in his book, The Paleo Solution. Not the best plate stylist, this pic doesn’t do the meal justice. But so you get an idea of what it looks like, and those yellow fry-looking things in the back? That’s yucca! They were like little breadsticks for scooping up the meat sauce – SO yum!


– 3/4 – 1lb of meat, we used grass-fed ground beef (depending on how many you’re cooking for & how much leftovers you want)
– 1/2 tube tomato paste (a little more if you do the whole 1lb)
– 1/4 cup chopped onion (for me, this was 2 slices of onion, chopped into 1/2” pieces)
– bag of frozen green beans*
– 1/2 jar of marinara sauce (find one that doesn’t use added sugar)
– 1-2 tsp olive oil
– 1 Tbsp each of dried oregano & basil

How – To:

– Heat a skillet & add a small amount of oil (we use 85% grass-fed beef, & we don’t even put oil in the pan because the meat releases its fat while it cooks). Turn the broiler in your oven on.
– Brown meat in pan, breaking it up as you cook.
– While meat is browning, put green beans on a cookie sheet with the 1-2 tsp. of olive oil. Put in broiler to cook  for 5-10 mins, they can get a little crispy while they cook, and that makes an interesting flavor in this meal.
– Add dash of salt & pepper to meat & once it is browned & almost fully cooked, add onion & tomato paste to pan. Stir to incorporate.
– Then add the marinara sauce, oregano & basil. Stir again.
– Put a lid on the pan, turn the heat down to med-low & let simmer for 5 mins, it  should start to pull the liquid into the meat so it’s less soupy & more meat-saucy.
– Take green beans out of oven when they are cooked & starting to brown. Plate them, top with meat sauce. Enjoy!!

*Beans are a no-no on the Paleo plan, but green beans are low in lectin (which is the problem with other beans, legumes & lentils) & have other health benefits that make eating them ok. The 2nd time I made this, I was out of green beans so I used a zucchini I had in the fridge. Cut it into slices, oiled it, broiled it – also very good!

Both Drew & I were impressed with how filling this was! That’s something that weighs more & more on me as we do this Challenge. I notice which foods tasted good to me before, but left me hungry, unsatisfied, unfulfilled…sure, the idea of Chipotle tacos sounds good (gluten free folks can have the hard taco shells…but Paleo folks would NOT eat taco shells as corn is a grain)…but the actual flavor & filling-ness <—not a word, I know, of that compared to this meal – there’s no comparison!