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Gluten Free Asian Beef and Cauliflower Rice Bowls Recipe

Paleo on a Budget – Tips for Meal Planning & Gardening

This is part two of Paleo on a Budget. Part one (in the March/April 2017 issue) discussed tips on how to save money by making your own staple ingredients like salad dressings, marinades, and taco seasoning. Now I am going to focus on meal planning, food shopping, gardening, and prepping.

Meal Planning and Prep: Plan your week ahead. Check your calendar and make note of any weeknight activity. For instance, if Charlotte has a volleyball game at 6:50 p.m. on Thursday, we need to eat early and something quick and light (no one needs a kid throwing up on the court). Make the meal plan on one side of the paper and the shopping list on the other side. I often break it up into the different stores, depending on needs, like produce or bulk items.

Prep Ahead: This may include slicing meat and placing in a marinade before sticking in the freezer, dicing vegetables for snacks or dinner, etc. Try to make a family event out of it. Put on some music or a football game and get it done. It will save you hours during the week when time is most precious.

Keep it simple: Trying recipes that appear complicated end up, well, complicated. Don’t stress yourself out buying 50 million ingredients for one recipe that will sit in your pantry until the next zombie apocalypse.

Grow your own: I’m not saying you need to start an urban garden to feed the masses, even though it may seem just as daunting. I had never gardened until I moved from New Jersey to Iowa. Each year, we get a little better, grow a little more, and learn from both our successes and failures. Seeds are an extremely affordable way to begin, with little or no money investment other than the seeds themselves.

Start small: Begin with a tomato or pepper plant in a planter; this also holds true in residences with little or no yard. Kale is one of the hardiest plants I’ve ever grown. It can continue to grow from June through October and just a couple of stalks makes more than enough for a family.

Grow herbs: Have you ever looked at the price of fresh rosemary at the supermarket and your eyeballs popped out of your head? Yeah, me too. You need very little space or skill to grow herbs both indoors and outdoors all year round.

You don’t have to be fancy: If you can’t afford grass-fed beef, it’s OK. Really. I promise. There are no Paleo police to hunt you down even though sometimes it may feel like it. Don’t let the idea of being “perfect” effect your dedication to feeding your family the best you can.

Skip the Paleo “treats”: Many of the Paleo baked goods recipes (muffins, brownies, etc.) are made from high-cost ingredients. Consider them as they are – treats.

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Gluten Free Asian Beef and Cauliflower Rice Bowls Recipe

Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Asian
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 479kcal
Author: AndreAnna McLean

Ingredients

For the meat:

  • pounds stew beef $3.78/lb = $5.67
  • ½ cup gluten-free tamari           $24.45/64 oz, 4 oz = $1.53
  • ¼ cup green onions, diced ($0.79/bundle) = $0.79
  • 1 large orange, peeled and diced ($0.65/ea) = $0.65
  • 1 cup gluten-free beef stock $1.98/32 oz, 8 oz = $0.50
  • 4 teaspoons honey $8.99/40 oz, 0.67 oz = $0.15
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic $4.48/48 oz, 0.5 oz = $0.05

For the cauliflower rice:

  • 1 medium head cauliflower, coarsely chopped ($1.98/ea) = $1.98
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or dairy-free butter ($2.69/lb), 1 oz = $0.17
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic                                                       $4.48/48 oz, 0.17 oz = $0.02
  • ¼ cup sweet onion, diced ($1.28/lb), 2 oz = $0.16
  • 2 tablespoons gluten-free tamari $24.45/64 oz, 1 oz = $0.38
  • 2 large eggs  $1.38/dozen, 2 = $0.23

Instructions

  • In a pan on high heat, quickly sear the beef on all sides. Add to a slow cooker with the remaining meat ingredients and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
  • With a slotted spoon, remove the beef and place in a bowl. Using two forks, shred the beef. Ladle some of the liquid from the slow cooker over the meat, to taste.
  • Pulse the cauliflower pieces in a food processor until they are the size of rice. (You can also use a box grater.) Melt butter on medium heat in a large frying pan. Add garlic and onion. Cook until translucent. Add the cauliflower rice and stir well. Drizzle the tamari over the rice. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring consistently. Make a small well in the center of the pan and crack in the eggs. Break the yolks with a spatula and stir until it starts to cook. Gradually work the egg through the rice. Stir and cook another 5 minutes; longer if you like it crispy. Put your “fried rice” into a bowl and top with the cooked beef.

Notes

Total recipe cost = $12.28 for 4 servings, or $3.07 per serving.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Asian Beef and Cauliflower Rice Bowls Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 479 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 229mg76%
Sodium 2394mg100%
Potassium 767mg22%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 55g110%
Vitamin A 430IU9%
Vitamin C 32.8mg40%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 5.7mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Gluten Free & More are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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