Beef + Mung Bean Romaine Hearts

This recipe came out of the need for some major protein while also making use of some veggies I already had in the fridge. I had the filling ready to go, but I realized I needed a clean green.

(I decided to go the lettuce cup route, but Whole Foods was out of the lettuce I wanted. That’s how romaine hearts came into the picture–same meal, different filling vehicle. They look sort of like a lettuce taco, if you wanna even go there.)

Why the dire need for the clean green, you say?
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, animal meat is considered to be very yang. That rising, heating energy can be important to nourish certain constitutions or conditions, but like in all areas of TCM (and life for that matter) you need to find the balance. Pairing respectively cooling and grounding yin foods like greens with your yang foods like meat will help balance out the energetics of your meal. The greens will also add hydration and crunch to the otherwise chewy texture.


Sure this is important for your balance within a single meal, but if you constantly eat in the way of more yin or yang you may find your disposition starts to swing that way too. For the sake of illustration, let’s look at some generalizations:

  • If  you’re a huge Paleo fan and are focusing more on meat than veggies, your disposition may become more yang like that meat you’re eating. Think of your typical “meathead.” Their meat-filled diet not only makes them uber muscley, but can also give them a red-in-the-face, vein-popping intensity paired with a short-fuse temper. Factor in potentially poor quality, abused animal meat and, yikes, it might be a reason why these types of people have trouble finding their zen,


  • Hugely opposing that, someone who becomes a strict raw vegan and only eats cold, extremely yin foods may start to become more withdrawn and skittish than their former  selves. They may allow themselves to get easily taken advantage of and have less gumption to speak their mind.


These may be sweeping examples, but I’m sure you’ve encountered these kinds of people before. Long time food habits and food energetic dominance can have a big effect on certain personality traits. Crazy, right?

That’s a long explanation for a simple take away: any time you have meat, try to have a grounding, cooling green too.

Without further ado, the recipe you’ve came for in the first place 😉


Beef + Mung Bean Romaine Hearts

  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cups crimini mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup snow peas, diced
  • 1 lb grass fed, organic ground beef
  • ¼ tsp ginger
  • red chili flakes, to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut aminos
  • pepper, to taste
  • romaine hearts
  • to garnish between your romaine hearts: ½ cup roasted cashews, chopped + 1 handful mung beans, whole

Saute the veggies until tender, add the ground beef and cook through. Season all with the spices and coconut aminos.

Distribute mixture between the romaine hearts, and top with the cashews and mung beans. Enjoy!