Ground Beef & Kale & Mixed Rice

By Angelika Hanna

I love to incorporate kale in my meals – whether it is a soup or a stew – in the winter time. There are a few reasons, besides ‘delicious’ why I like to use kale: It is healthy and it is one of the few vegetables that is available fresh in the winter time in Canadian grocery stores. Most vegetables that are imported look pretty sad: dry and wilted, once it arrives in our stores – to say the least. Kale is a tough vegetable with a lengthy endurance.

I used a mixture of brown and wild rice for this dish. That’s where the purple-ish color comes from.

Recipe:

Prep Time: 30 min

Cook Time: 40 min

Total Time: 1 hr 10 min

Yield: 4 servings

Cuisine: German/North American/Canadian

Author: Angelika Hanna / Zest4Food

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 medium-sized cooking onions
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (optional)
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 1 small parsnip
  • 1 medium-sized carrot, sliced
  • 1 medium-sized tomato
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2 -2 cups kale, finely chopped

Instructions:

  1. In a large non-stick skillet/frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat and add your lean ground beef.
  2. Once the meat is light brown, season with salt, freshly ground pepper to taste. Stir well.
  3. Add the onions. Stir the onions into the meat. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  4. Add garlic (optional) and cook approx. 1 min.
  5. Add all the other vegetables (celery, carrot, parsnip, tomato). Stir the vegetables into the meat. Reduce heat to medium.
  6. Cook your meat-vegetable mix for approx. 5 min, stirring occasionally.
  7. Sample for more salt and pepper. Adjust to your personal taste.
  8. Add the tomato paste.
  9. Simmer over low-medium heat for approx. 30 min. or until the vegetables are soft according to your taste.
  10. Add the kale during the last 10 min. of the cooking time.

Serve with brown and wild rice. (Cook the rice according to your package directions.)

Enjoy!

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