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Braised Beef with Cauliflower Risotto

By December 30, 2010May 9th, 2020Beef and Red Meats, Main Dish

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Cauliflower Risotto



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Cauliflower Risotto

1 grass-fed beef stew meat, cut into 2-inch pieces and dry with a towel
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Coconut oil, for searing
2 slices nitrate-free bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped (divided)
1 tsp ginger, chopped
3/4 cup organic Tamari sauce (soy sauce)
4 cups beef stock
2 to 3 TBS butter, plus 1 TBS
6 cups cauliflower, “riced”
1/2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tomato, diced
2 sprigs mint, chopped
2 sprigs cilantro, chopped

“RICE”: Place the cauliflower heads into a food processor (click HERE to find the one I use), pulse until small pieces of ‘rice.’

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Season the beef with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, and then add enough oil to lightly coat the skillet. Let the oil heat, and then add the beef to the pan, and sear it on all sides until browned.

In a Dutch oven or oven-safe pot, cook the bacon slowly over low heat. Add 1/2 the chopped onion, and ginger, and cook for 4 minutes. Add the Tamari sauce and stock and boil for 5 minutes. Add the seared beef, and place pot in the oven to braise for 2 1/2 hours.

Closer to serving time, make the risotto. Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until small pieces of “rice.” In a medium saucepot, sweat the remaining onion in 2 to 3 tablespoons butter for 2 minutes over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low. Add the cauliflower rice, and stir with a wooden spoon to coat it in the butter. Slowly add the chicken broth in 2 equal additions, not adding the second addition until the first has been almost completely absorbed. Stir constantly during the entire process. After all of the chicken broth has been absorbed, add the coconut milk, and then add enough of the braising liquid until the cauliflower is cooked to your taste. Fold in the remaining 1 tablespoon butter, tomato, and herbs. Serve immediately. Place the “risotto” in the center of a plate and place 2 pieces of beef on top or stir pieces into the “risotto.” Makes 6 servings.

NUTRITIONAL COMPARISON (per serving with 4 ounces beef):
Traditional Beef and Risotto = 486 calories, 57.5 carbs, 1.4g fiber
“Healthified” Beef and Risotto = 272 calories, 7.5 carbs, 2.4g fiber

White Rice = 242 calories, 53 carbs, 0 fiber
Brown Rice =218 calories, 46 carbs, 4 fiber
Cauliflower “Rice” = 28 calories, 3 carbs, 1 fiber

Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".

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