If you’re looking for comfort food right now – I’ve got you. I was craving comfort food and knew I had to make this. I have had this recipe in my arsenal for a little while now. A few months ago, I was pretty close to a cookbook deal for the Mediterranean diet and it didn’t work out, but I had already started writing and came up with this one. I decided it was time to let everyone have this recipe…and my kids needed a little comfort food too.
The only thing you might not have is a few of the spices, but they are all pretty common and especially prevalent in my cooking. Otherwise, it’s a meat and potatoes dish and couldn’t be easier. It’s just slightly longer than a 30 minute meal, but if you’re efficient in the kitchen, then you’ll have this done fast.
Let’s talk nutrition. I don’t shy away from red meat, but I don’t eat it all the time either. Once or twice a week is my max, I don’t go over that. I fill in our other meals with poultry, pork, and meatless meals, which my family loves just as much.
Red meat is a reliable source of heme iron, which your body absorbs better than non-heme iron from plant foods. I have a teenage girl, who is also active, in my house, so iron is on my list of nutrients to watch for her. It also has protein, of course, B12 and zinc – all really important for growing kids.
I use extra lean beef in this recipe, because I don’t drain it. I want all of that beefy flavor since it’s the star of the show, but I also don’t want the extra fat, it’s not a good look for this dish.
Then there’s the vegetables, carrots, onions, potatoes, and garlic, it doesn’t get more basic than that. These are probably ingredients you already have at home and they help you fill up on vitamin C, vitamin A, and fiber (because I keep those skins on the potatoes).
It’s the spices that make this dish what it is – turmeric, coriander, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, and black pepper. Your house is going to smell amazing.
I listed some variations in the notes of the recipe to change it up if you’re feeling up to adventure.