Paleo Mongolian Beef

My favorite dish at any chinese restaurant is Mongolian Beef. Not sure what region that dish is from. But I’ll still ask for it at every restaurant I go to. Cant get enough of it.

Good thing is I was able to get this mongolian beef recipe.

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Ingredients:
– 1 lb. flank seat (I used a london broil instead)
– 3 Tbsp. arrowroot powder (I substituted with tapioca starch)
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt
– 1/2 tsp. ground pepper
– 1 Tbsp. + 1/2 cup lard/bacon fat or tallow
– 1 Tbsp. garlic
– 1 tsp. dried ginger
– Dash red pepper flakes (optional)
– 1 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
– 1/2 cup coconut aminos
– 1/2 cup chicken or beef broth
– 1/3 cup raw honey
– 3 green onions, chopped

1. Cut the flank steak against the grain into 1/4 inch slices.
2. Add the arrowroot powder (tapioca starch) to a medium sized bowl and mix together with the pepper and sea salt. Dip each piece of steak into the arrowroot powder (tapioca starch) and shake off any excess coating. Lay coated steak on a drying rack and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes. This allows the powder to adhere to the steak better.
3. While your steak is hanging out, you can make the sauce. Heat the 1 Tbsp. of lard/bacon fat or tallow in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic,ginger and dash of red pepper flakes (optional) and cook for about 1 minute.
4. Add the sesame oil, coconut aminos and broth to the pan and stir the ingredients together. Add the raw honey and allow it to melt into the sauce, stirring frequently.
5. Turn the heat up to high and continue to stir until the sauce thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Turn off the sauce and allow it to sit in the pan while you cook the steak.
6. Add your 1/2 cup of favorite fat to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat until hot. Gently drop the beef into the oil using your tongs. Cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned around the edges. Remove the beef with the tongs and place on a paper towel lined plate.
7. Pour out the oil from the pan and add the beef back in. Cook for about 1 minute and then add the sauce. Cook together for about 3 minutes, then add the green onions and cook for 1 additional minute.
8. Remove the beef from the pan and pour any excess sauce into a bowl for anyone who might like some extra at the table. Serve!

I love love love this recipe. Perfect amount of sweetness from the honey in the recipe. So glad I found this. Now I can have mongolian beef alllllll the time.

Side note: How often do you guys go to crossfit? Since I just started, I’m on the 3 day workout/1 day rest routine.

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Italian Meatloaf

Original recipe is courtesy of PaleOMG – found here

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Meatloaf always didn’t appeal to me. But wow, this recipe has put a whole new perspective on meatloaf for me. I’ve become obsessed and would totally eat this everyday. (or maybe not..I was just exaggerating a bit there). The softness (and moistness – I know, everyone hates this word) which is different than a regular meatball just crumbles in your mouth. Yum. Anyways, I put a different spin on this recipe, just a bit.

The original recipe can be found on the link I posted above, but here are the changes I’ve made.

For the meatloaf

  • 1lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ cup tomato sauce (made myself – recipe below)
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste

As for the tomato sauce, I cut up one medium/large sized tomato and put it in a hot skillet. Put a bit of water and a tablespoon or so of tomato paste. Threw in some fresh basil, thyme, salt and pepper and let it simmer to a sauce-like consistency. After the sauce was ready, in a large bowl, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Then put into a loaf pan or pyrex dish and bake. Mine took an hour at 375 F in a loaf pan but I doubled the recipe for 2 pounds of ground beef. So just change the baking time accordingly. This was one of the easiest dinner – takes 5-10 minutes prep time total and then your dinner will be ready shortly. Great for leftovers for lunch to take to work the next day – big plus for me.