Paleo Mongolian Beef

003 (2) First post on the new blog!  The first blog was on blogger, and that wasn’t working out.  I still hope to do a blog where I can post our favorite recipes and also add info regarding the primal way of eating.  My father recently had to have quadruple bypass surgery, and this has caused me to further research how certain food affects our bodies.  Although heart disease is hereditary (which means as healthy as I try to eat, I’m not God and i can’t change my genes), I can try my best to eat food that helps my body and doesn’t destroy it.  But I’m not perfect.  I struggle with the no grain thing sometimes.  Growing up during an era of convenience foods, it can be hard to completely cut off EVERYTHING you’ve been eating for most of your life.  But we’ve come a long way, and now my daughter eats most dinners that I make.  The first 3 years of her life we ate what we thought was normal.  Fast food once a week, spaghetti dinners, mac n cheese/frozen fish sticks…you know, “convenience” foods.  And thankfully, my son Kai has eaten everything I cook, because I started eating primal when he was in my tummy. This meal is a crock pot meal, which, as you know, doesn’t always mean no prep/frying/baking before hand.  But this is one of the only crock pot meals where there’s little prep, yet tastes delicious.  Nice, meaty flavor.  Slightly edited, but original is here. Paleo Mongolian Beef

  • 2 lbs stew meat
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup tamari (a gluten free soy sauce.  We’ve not tried coconut aminos yet)
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5-6 green onions, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped into bite sice pieces
  • 2 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground ginger (or 2 tsp freshly grated ginger)
  • 1 tsp molasses
  • 1 T almond butter
  • 2 T honey
  • 1 T red chili paste (or chili flakes) – use less if you don’t like spicy food
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper

optional extras to add in at the end:  toasted sesame seeds, more chopped scallions, steamed broccoli The Process: Dredge the meat through the arrowroot powder until lightly coated on all sides.  Set aside.  Combine all other ingredients in the crockpot.  Mix well.   Place meat in crockpot and lightly toss, semi-submerging the meat in the mixture.  Cook on LOW for 4 hours.

Don’t you love the tiny paragraph of directions?  Not too much work there.  Well, but then there’s the ingredients, but they don’t scare me anymore.  I used to freak out at long lists of ingredients, especially the ones that have items I’ve never bought.  But over time, I’ve acquired a lot of them, so thankfully most primal/paleo items are already in my cupboards 🙂 Or I hope so.