| Isocaloric Beefed Up Spanish Rice

Author / Luke Summers

Nutritional Information per serving:
Serves 10

Calories:  414, Protein 33 g, Fat 15 g, Carbs 33 g (33/33/33%’s)

Fellow Power Athlete’s it’s Paula Lean back on the scene with some recipes to minimize your time in the kitchen and maximize gains in the gym and on the field. @Luke and I have teamed up to bring you recipes that fit the PA nutritional protocols you are following.

Photo Jan 30, 7 20 00 PM - CopyIn a previous post Fisher wrote on the importance of tracking macros.  I couldn’t agree more; don’t be derailed by guesswork.  As suggested in the comment section myfitnesspal has a recipe function that will do that for you.  In the meantime all my posted recipes will contain caloric and macro nutrient content specific to the protocols.

The series kicks off with an isocaloric, one dish meal that you can prep and cook up in less than an hour and have plenty of leftovers to carry you through ten meals.

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4 slices pastured bacon
2 tablespoons bacon grease
2 lb 90/10 grass fed ground beef
12 oz pork tenderloin, cut into chunks
2 cups onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
2 cups white Basmati rice
2, 8 oz cans organic tomato sauce
4 cups water
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper


In a large cast iron dutch oven fry up the bacon until crisp draining on a paper towel. When cool, chop into small pieces.  Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon grease.* Saute the onions and bell peppers in the bacon grease until slightly tender, about 5 minutes.

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Add the ground beef and pork and cook until just browned.  Add the rice, tomato sauce, water and salt and pepper to taste and bring to a slight boil.  Stir in the chopped bacon and put a lid on it; reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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*Pour the remaining bacon grease into a Mason jar; you have just rendered some healthy fat for future cooking.  Store in the fridge for up to 6 months.

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For more Power Athlete friendly recipes check out my blog Paula Lean Primal Queen!

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Luke Summers

I am the COO of Power Athlete, co-host of Power Athlete Radio, and a Power Athlete Coach. I've been coaching athletes, training clients, and educating 1,000s of coaches around the globe since 2007. I'm a lifelong multisport athlete, but my focus was football up through college where a neck injury forced me to hang it up.

Now I'm a stickler for productivity, and have a burning desire to empower athletes, coaches, and every day people who are striving to be better versions of themselves.



  1. Ingo "Joey Swole" B on February 10, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Have you ever tried subbing in fresh tomatoes for the sauce? Only reason I ask, cans scare me. The whole BPA thing and all. I know I can probably find Tetra-Pak sauce, but thought I’d ask anyway.

  2. Paula on February 10, 2016 at 1:33 pm

    @ingob absolutely you could sub in fresh tomatoes. I would cook them down first into a ‘sauce’ so they would be at the same consistency. Or not, it you prefer chunks of tomatoes.

    I got the original recipe from my mother in law and some things are sacred. . .

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