Sweet Potato Beef and an Awesome Weekend!

by zesty on May 17, 2010 · 4 comments

Can you believe it is Monday already? Time is flying by as of late and it is hard to believe. This weekend was action packed to say the least but an enjoyable one regardless of the less than ideal weather.  As a family we volunteered our time at our local elementary school to help build a new playground.  With over 200 volunteers it was quite a site and the playground is going to look amazing.

Maybe I was inspired from building because in the afternoon the family built a picnic table for the kiddies and chose to stain it a dark walnut color.  It looks pretty good and will be a great addition to the deck.  Saturday night included a Zesty nephew having a birthday as well as some great food to go along with it.  Dishes such as chicken asparagus lasagna, homemade spaghetti and meat sauce, chocolate cake with boiled icing and of course an ice cream cake.  I am going to feature the chicken lasagna upcoming as it was to die for.  Thanks Zesty-in laws.  Sunday included a shopping spree to Moncton, family dinner and a fun day with the family.

As I was preparing this post – i was unsure of what to feature for the food.  Earlier in the week, I had a clean the fridge meal and came up with this spicy beef and sweet potato plate that was decent but not amazing.

Ingredients

  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 lb Lean Ground Beef
  • Frozen green beans
  • 1 Tsp. Ground ginger
  • 1 Tsp. Red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tsp. Soy sauce
  • Splash of lemon juice

Method

  1. Wash and fork the sweet potato and cook in the microwave for 6 minutes.  Peel and chop into cubes
  2. Over medium heat, add the ground beef to a sauce pan and begin to brown the meat.  Add ginger, pepper flakes and soy sauce and continue to brown.  Once no longer pink add the lemon juice and sweet potatoes.
  3. Continue to saute for another 4 minutes to get the flavor in the sweet potatoes; meanwhile follow the instructions for the frozen beans and cook them in the microwave.
  4. Plate up the sweet potato and beef and top with the green beans.
  5. Enjoy!

Zesty Tip: Storing you ginger in the freezer and using grater is a great way to avoid spoilage.  It grates easy and does not lose any of it’s flavor.

So an action packed weekend to say the least and an equally busy week ahead.  Have a great start to your day and I will see you on Wednesday!

Here is a snapshot at the picnic table.

Take care

zesty

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1 Erica

That is so fabulous that you donated your time to such a worthy cause!! And the meal looks fantastic. Sweet potatoes are incredible. And the spice/flavor combo sounds perfect.

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2 DailyChef

Great use of a weekend! The sweet potatoes look great with the ground beef.

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3 Sarah

It’s so funny, when I was reading this post I was reminded of a great recipe I used to make for flank steak in the crockpot. I’d imagine it would work well with ground beef too! Ah, now I’m craving it!

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4 Sues

Oooh this sounds so good! And I’m totally going to take you up on that ginger storing tip. I’m always buying ginger and not using it all!

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