Crockpot Beef & Broccoli (gluten free $ AIP/paleo)




I’ve been trying to come up with simple and relatively quick-to-throw-together meals. This is one of my latest recipes and it was inspired by a Chinese food craving and a whole bunch of grass fed beef stew meat that I had gotten on a major sale at my favorite grocery store, Natural Grocers. 


One of the best ways to save money while on the Autoimmune Protocol or eating clean/organic and of the highest quality, is to scout out the sales at your favorite grocery stores and stock up on those items when they're at a lower price. Later, you can build a menu or recipe around the sale items you've found. I LOVE getting a steal on high quality meats. So when I find them on sale I grab a bunch and throw it in the deep freezer for a recipe in the future.


The best stores in my area (Las Vegas, NV) to find high quality meat on sale:

  • Whole Foods (especially if you're an Amazon Prime member)

  • Sprouts (download their app for even more discounts)

  • Natural Grocers (has the best sales on frozen meat)


You can also join companies like U.S. Wellness Meat, Vital Seafood, or Butcher Box, and have these high quality meats sent right to you at a lesser price then you can find in stores. 


This dish comes together so quickly and is DELICIOUS! I also freeze a few servings for a quick and easy frozen meal to have on hand for those times I am not feeling up to making a whole meal or am just plain out of time!


This recipe is nutrient dense, Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) friendly, paleo, primal, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, nightshade free, lower carb, & soy free!

$ What Makes this High-Vibing Food?

  • First and foremost, putting your own love, gratitude, time and energy into making foods at home will automatically raise the vibration of the foods/meal. This will also help to balance your sacral and heart chakras. Putting your love into the food you prepare will literally raise the vibrational frequency as love is the highest vibration out there!

  • You are what you eat and what your food eats. Using organic, GMO free, free/pasture raised, wild caught, minimally processed ingredients lead to an overall higher vibrational frequency. Basically, eating organic provides us extra energy currency!

  • This dish is rich in protein, which is grounding and protective. It also supports the root chakra.

  • Contains calcium, a key root chakra nutrient.

  • Contains iron, which is supportive for your root chakra.

  • Contains zinc, which is needed for thousands of chemical reactions in your body involving protein, so it is also supportive to the root chakra.

  • This recipe is full of healthy fats and/or oils, which supports the sacral chakra.

  • This recipe is high in fiber, which supports all three of the lower chakras as it aides in the movement and flow of bulk during the digestive processes.

  • Contains cruciferous veggies, which are especially balancing to the heart chakra.

  • Contains green colored foods, which support and balance the heart chakra.


$ A Short Note on Swaps or Ingredients:

*While I cannot guarantee that using these swaps will yield the same flavors I have create in this recipe, these swaps should generally work well! *

  • Coconut aminos is a soy/gluten free soy sauce alternative that is DELICIOUS! It has a slightly sweeter tasted the soy sauce but it still deep and rich in flavor. I think it is wayyyy tastier! If you cannot find thins in your local grocery store in the Asian section, you can easily buy it online!


$ Equipment Needed to Create this Recipe:

  • crockpot

  • whisk

  • wooden spoon

  • measuring cups/spoons

 

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

(gluten free & AIP/paleo)

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 3-6 hours Yield: 5-7

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs. grass fed stew meat 

  • 2, 16 oz. packages of frozen organic broccoli florets 

  • ½ cup coconut aminos 

  • 4 tbsp. cooking liquid

  • 2 tbsp. arrowroot starch/powder 

  • 1.5 tbsp. minced garlic

  • 4 tsp. honey 

  • 2 tsp. fresh minced ginger 

  • 1 tsp. garlic granules 

  • 1 tsp. pink Himalayan sea salt 

  • 1 tsp. sweet basil, dried (this is NOT the same as savory basil that you're used to!)

  • 1 tsp. ground ginger 

  • ½ tsp. minced dried onion


How to Create this Recipe:

  1. Add everything but the broccoli and the arrowroot starch, to the crockpot. Give it a good stir. Turn it to high for 3 hours or low for 5-6 hours. 

  2. Once you’ve cooked the meal, open the lid and take 4 tbsp. of the cooking liquid from the pot and place it in a small bowl with 2 tbsp. of arrowroot starch. Whisk it up, until incorporated. Add this liquid back to the crockpot and stir until it is well mixed.

  3. Then, add the broccoli (which can be fresh too), over top of the meat. Cover with the lid for another 30 minutes or until the broccoli is perfectly steamed. Once the broccoli is cooked, give the whole pot a big stir to incorporate the sauce onto the broccoli. 

  4. Dig in & enjoy!


* NOTES:

  • This dish also holds up well in the freezer.

 

NUTRITION

Serving Size: 1 (based off of 6 servings total)


Calories: 287

Fats: 5 g

Carbs: 21 g

Proteins: 35 g


*All nutritional information are estimations and will vary.