| | Thai-Coconut Beef & Rice

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You have earned a day off and another one of my go-to recipes. I usually make a large quantity of this on a Sunday and eat it over the course of a week.

This is staple in the post workout meal due to the ground beef and white rice, but mostly bc it is delicious.


Thai-Coconut Ground Beef & Rice


1 cup leaks (thinly sliced)
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
2 teaspoon minced garlic (in a glass container)
3 pound GF ground sirloin
2 teaspoon Thai Kitchen (red curry paste)
2 cup tomato sauce
1 cup coconut milk
2 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon grated lime rind
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
3 cups hot cooked white rice (rice steamer)


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add coconut oil. Add leeks and cook for 5 minutes. Add garlic and let cook for 1 minute. Add ground beef and cook until lightly browned. Stir in curry paste and tomato sauce; cook until half of liquid evaporates (about 2 minutes). Add milk, brown sugar, rind and lime juice and cook until slightly thickened. Once done, add the beef to a big bowl of white rice, mix together and this serves one.


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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.


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  2. joga on June 29, 2015 at 8:12 am

    One of my favourites.

  3. billpain2 on June 29, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This is one of my staples as well. My wife loves it as well.

  4. Ingo B on July 6, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Made this over the weekend with good results. Was afraid the red paste would be too spicy/strong for my 4 year old, so did 1/2 portions of green, 1/2 of red. Followed recipe as RX’d otherwise. Turns out, both were winners. I would even go as far to say that doubling the paste portion is advisable if you like your flavors bolder.

  5. Krystelle on July 26, 2015 at 4:34 am

    Could you define what you mean by tomato sauce? Where I’m from, tomato sauce is actually ketchup 🙂 I’m sure there’s no ketchup in this recipe…

    • Luke Summers on July 29, 2015 at 7:50 am

      it’s a runny tomato puree, not “ketchup” 😉

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