Grain-Free Healthy Pepper Shelled Beef Taco (Kid Friendly, Paleo Friendly, Happy Tummy)

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The other day I went grocery shopping in the supermarket and bought some top grade lean ground beef, excited with the possibility of making some sous vide burgers and homemade sweet buns. After frantically running around all the aisles like a 5 year old kid on a sugar rush, I paid, drove back to my apartment, sat down, terrifically anticipating the great dough I was going to make for my buns, went to my pantry, stopped, cried a little and realised that I had no more flour at home, officially making my ingredients in my kitchen almost grain free. The Horror, cheat days were never going to be the same anymore. Painful seconds of daunting brain itching passed, I regrouped and decided to make myself a healthy meal instead, but one that could trick my over thinking mind to believe that it was, in fact, a cheat day Sunday.

I urged myself to think like that 5 year old hyperactive kind and thought about what he would like to eat and how I could fool him into eating something good for his health without him knowing any better. I had a look at what I had left in my fridge and found these MASSIVE banana bell peppers. The more I looked at them the more I saw a taco shell. Here is the product of my hungry mind, a grumpy stomach and a little whimsy. I reconstructed a basic Taco and since I like to play with my food (sorry mom), I dressed it up like a Mexican corn on the cob.

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War on picky kids!

Grain-Free Healthy Pepper Shelled Beef Taco

For 2 hungry folk.

Fry off ½ white onion with 250 grams of lean ground beef with a tsp of cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, onion powder, cumin. Stir fry until cooked.

Chop up 1 avocado in squares with 1 plump red tomato. Add in some seasoning and juice of a lemon.

Take 2 large red banana peppers, slit the top side of it and clean the inside without ripping the thing apart. Rub 1 tbsp. of olive oil per pepper and season with salt and pepper. Place on a tray and bake at full whack for about 5-10mins, or until slightly coloured but STILL CRUNCHY. If it’s not crunchy anymore, this will not work. The purpose of putting them in the oven is to get them hot and tame down the strong flavour just a little.

Chop half a head of iceberg lettuce finely.

Once the large peppers are ready, stuff them with the ground beef, then the avocado mix, then the iceberg lettuce, a little crushed walnuts, a handful of iceberg shreds, some grated full fat mozzarella cheese (1tbsp or more), 1 tbsp of sour cream or full fat yogurt, a sprinkle of Spanish paprika, some salt and some pepper. Serve with lime wedges.

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    1. Ria Adea January 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm

      awesome!! this was exactly what I was craving for last weekend but couldn’t think of what to replace the nacho chips with! Finally!

      1. Erwan February 25, 2013 at 3:01 am

        haha thanks Ria

    1. Aye January 23, 2013 at 4:39 am

      Hey chef.. Have to be honest, i dont cook.. At all.. But living alone in a foreign country and wanting to be healthy (ny resolution) makes it a necessity.. my friend recommended your blog as she said i’ll “learn and enjoy cooking; and watching you” and “you make it easy”.. So question about the pepper.. I cant use microwave or just have it fresh? I dont know ovens.. :) a little help? I really really love this recipe.. Cheers!

      1. Erwan February 25, 2013 at 3:00 am

        keep posted

    1. Karen January 25, 2013 at 3:09 am

      hey erwan. tried this, and it does work! haha. i used green bell pepper and i didn’t have capers. it was very messy, but yum!

      1. Erwan February 25, 2013 at 3:00 am

        thanks man!

    1. Trinz March 13, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Wow! def trying this out tomorrow!!! i love your everything on your blog!

    1. Kristine March 13, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      This is good. To go food!!!

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I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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