Thursday, January 3, 2013

Lubia Polo (21DSD Day 1)

21-Day Sugar Detox - Day 1. The 21DSD is one of our resolutions for the year, so I'm excited to get started on January 1. Being that we were out until 4 am for New Years and therefore slept until noon, day 1 was short and easy!

Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled in bacon fat with leftover eggplant and zucchini and raw sauerkraut
Lunch: Leftover Fillet Mignon and Parmesan Crusted Tilapia

Dinner: Lubia Polo
I received this recipe from a close family friend. This is a traditional dish that she serves almost every time we visit. Typically, it is served with basmati rice. I'm doing a modified level 3 detox (you'll see I'm allowing for unavoidable dairy in a few instances), but my beau is doing level 1 so he enjoyed his meal with 1/2 cup of white rice.  
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 diced shallot or onion
  • 1-2 minced garlic cloves (I buy already minced garlic in a jar)
  • 1 lb grass fed ground beef
  • sea salt & pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 pinches saffron
  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste
  • 1 can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 bag frozen cut green beans or a couple handfuls of fresh (I had a mix of green & yellow so I went with that. Also, chop them smaller than my picture above)
  1. Heat coconut oil in a deep frying pan over medium heat and saute shallot until translucent
  2. Add garlic and saute 1 minute longer
  3. Add ground beef and saute until no longer pink - grass fed ground beef is usually pretty lean so I did not have to remove any fat, but if there is a lot of fat in your pan, you can spoon some out
  4. Add sea salt, pepper, cinnamon, turmeric, chili powder, saffron and stir
  5. Add tomato paste and diced tomatoes, stir
  6. Add green beans and stir
  7. Cover and turn heat down to low and cook for about 20 minutes until beans are tender and flavors have developed. My spice measurements are very approximate so feel free to add more or less as desired. I usually just sprinkle some on then taste and add more as needed.
Click here to see what Lubia Polo typically looks like.

Dessert: We each had 1/2 green tipped banana dipped in a mixture of coconut cream and unsweetened cocoa powder then frozen for 30 min. My cat thought this was a fantastic end to day 1!
Linking up: Seasonal Celebration Wednesday, Monday Mania, Wheat Free Wednesday - this post was featured on Wheat Free Wednesday, thank you!


  1. Hi Jess and Happy New Year! Thank you for your submission on Seasonal Celebration Wedensday at Natural Mothers Network! This recipe looks delicious!
    Check back tomorrow when the new link-up is running to see if you are the featured post!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! The Seasonal Celebration is fantastic. Thanks for hosting each week.