Three Fast and Delicious Paleo Beef Recipes

If you're eating Paleo and living in a primal fashion, beef should be an absolute cornerstone of your diet. There is nothing quite like tearing through a big chunk of grass-fed beef; the combination of protein, fat, and macronutrient content simply cannot be matched by anything other than eggs. Being the unreconstructed carnivore that I've become, I love beef. Here are three very simple, easy, and absolutely delicious recipes that every man should be able to prepare:

Paleo Beef Chili

One of my all-time favourite home-cooked meals. The way I make it conforms to the old Texan saying: "if it has beans in it, it ain't fit to be called chili". This recipe involves roughly 5lbs of meat, vegetables, and fat; it's greasy, spicy, and absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious.

Ingredients:
  • 1lb of grass-fed ground beef
  • 1lb of grass-fed sirloin steak, top roast, rib-eye, London broil, or flank steak
  • 3-4 thick slices of bacon
  • 4 baby Portabello mushroom caps
  • 6 baby carrot sticks (or one really big carrot)
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste (not sauce)
  • 1 small onion
  • 2tbsp grass-fed butter
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2tbsp cumin
  • 1tbsp chili powder
  • 1tbsp paprika or red pepper powder
  • 1tsp coriander powder
Dice up all of the vegetables beforehand. Crush the garlic cloves. Combine with the spices in a bowl. If you don't want to waste time chopping tomatoes, get yourself a can of diced tomatoes (organic or not, I don't really care- I'm a stickler for organic meat, but I generally couldn't care less about vegetables).

Chop up the steak into small diced pieces. Fry the bacon in a pan (do not microwave it, you want to keep the fat in the pan). Once the bacon turns a rich brown colour, remove it and slice it into small pieces. Cook the steak first in the fat until browned on all sides. Remove and place in a bowl. Next, melt the butter in the same pan with the bacon fat. Cook the ground beef in the combined fats until browned. Remove and place in a bowl.

Dump EVERYTHING into a crock pot or electric slow cooker. Stir well until the spices dissolve. Cook on LOW for 8-9 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours. This makes enough food for at least 4 people, so if you're cooking just for yourself, you'll have a LOT of leftovers- even I can't eat that much chili in one sitting, and I always end up going back for seconds and sometimes even thirds. Eat with a glass of fine cabernet and sprinkle some shredded cheddar or mozzarella on top.

STEAK

No woman can call herself a decent cook in my eyes until she knows how to cook steak properly. And every man should be able to cook this. It's the simplest recipe to master, and yet doing so requires constant practise.

Ingredients:
  • 0.7-1.2lbs of grass-fed ribeye
  • 1tsp of ground, crushed, or powdered garlic
  • 1tsp of ground peppercorns
  • 2tsp of McCormick steak/grill spice
Coat the steak liberally in spices. Stick in the fridge for a few hours so that the spices have time to set and form a crust. Heat up a stainless steel pan or cast-iron grill on the highest heat available for 3 minutes and pre-heat an oven to 200 degrees Celsius (about 405 degrees in your ridiculous Farenheit scale). Sear the meat for 2-2.5min on each side, depending on the thickness (the thicker the steak, the longer to sear). Stick the meat in a baking pan in the oven for 5-7min per side. This will get the steak to medium-rare or medium, but timing is everything with steak. Eat with a big salad topped with olives and feta cheese and a well-matured Shiraz.

Beef Stir Fry

This is my idea of a really tasty fast breakfast. There is no real equal for this in terms of taste or nutrition, especially when you've been out for a night of drinking and need something solid and healthy to get your system back in gear.

Ingredients:
  • 1lb of grass-fed beef (preferably sirloin or flank steak) sliced into small pieces
  • 2 baby Portobello mushroom caps
  • 1/2 to 1/4 of a white onion
  • 1/8 of a green or red pepper
  • 4 baby carrots
  • 1/2 of a head of broccoli OR a big handful of spinach
  • 2tbsp of coconut oil
  • 1tbsp of fresh grated ginger- or 1tsp of the powdered stuff
  • 2tbsp of tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
  • 1tsp of chili powder
Dice all the vegetables into really small pieces. Melt the coconut oil in a wok on the highest heat setting available. Dump the meat in and stir-fry rapidly until browned. Remove and stick in a bowl. Dump the vegetables in and stir-fry rapidly until the spinach is fully wilted OR the broccoli is just starting to get a little soft. Stick the meat back in. Add soy sauce and ginger if not added already. Continue stir-frying until well blended. Eat with a big mug of coffee and finish off with a bowl of berries in heavy cream.


As should be readily evident, eating the Paleo way is fast, nutritious, and absolutely delicious. Anyone with the will to lose weight and the desire to maintain and build strength can eat this way, and this should be more than enough to get you started.

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