| Isocaloric Beefed Up Spanish Rice

Author / John

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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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  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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