As a full-time elementary school teacher, fitness instructor, wife, Master’s student, and blogger, I confess that I can’t always be a superhero (don’t tell my students!). I try to plan ahead my grocery lists, weekly menus, workouts, and the workweek to maximize my weekends as much as possible. But sometimes, you need to dump stuff in a crockpot and walk away for hours.
Usually once every week or two, I do a crockpot meal. It saves me time during the weekend when I normally do my food prep to, oh I dunno, have a life. Don’t get me wrong, I love food and cooking and being in the kitchen, yet I also enjoy taking walks with my husband, drinking wine with my friends, and pretending that I’m hanging out with Ree Drummond while watching The Pioneer Woman.
If you don’t use your crockpot regularly, you are missing out on a healthy meal time-saver!!!
Every few weeks, I crave the salty-sour-sweet juxtaposition that is Asian food. Be it sushi, stir-fry, or pad thai, I love Asian food. I do NOT love how unhealthy it can be. The stuff you get at local takeouts is loaded with sodium, inflammatory vegetable oils, possibly MSG, and meat that is questionable at best. Sometimes the vegetables are nonexistent, sometimes they’re cut into giant pieces so they’re half raw, and other times they’re a mushy blob of brown.
This Paleo makeover of one of my take-out favorites, Beef and Broccoli, is super easy to throw together, even on a weekday. You can either go the four hours on high or 8 hours on low, whatever floats your boat. A few swaps to make this more Paleo-friendly are the arrowroot powder for cornstarch (which you can find at Wal-Mart!!), coconut aminos for soy sauce (I found at H.E.B.), and riced cauliflower instead of white rice.
Never made riced cauliflower? Peeps, don’t sweat it. The hardest part is pulsing it for five seconds in your food processor or high-powered blender. Then all you do is sauté it a few minutes and pour in a few spoonfuls of the cooking liquid until it is absorbed.
Still freaked out? You could use white rice. White rice really isn’t the most nutritiously devious food out there. Especially if you are active, the carbs won’t be a problem at all. White rice is easy to digest and gluten-free. Not so bad, but not low calorie either.
This is also one of those recipes that gets better the next day, if there is a next day.
Go dust off the crockpot, and you’re family will be thanking you.
Slow Cooker Paleo Beef and Broccoli
What are your favorite take-out foods you'd like to see Paleofied? I'm up for the challenge!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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