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Dietary Compliance: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo
This French Beef recipe by clinical nutritionist Tiffany Flaten is the ultimate in gluten and dairy-free comfort food.
With savory herbs, mushrooms, and a generous dose of red wine, the resulting dish is a bit like stroganoff minus the dairy, with a thick, rich, and meaty gravy. It’s fairly quick, family-friendly, and highly adaptable to meet your dietary needs.
The only hard part about this meal may be choosing which gluten-free bed to serve it on. Depending on your current dietary requirements, any of these would make a fine base:
- Jovial Gluten-Free Egg Tagliatelle, pictured (GF, DF, Almost-Paleo)
- The Ultimate Dairy-Free Mashed Potatoes (GF, DF, Almost-Paleo)
- Basmati Rice (GF, DF, Almost-Paleo)
- Toasted Quinoa (GF, DF, Almost-Paleo)
- Cauliflower Rice (GF, DF, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, AIP)
- Parsnip Sage Risotto (GF, DF, Almost-Paleo, Paleo, AIP)*
*Allow extra cooking time for this option.
If you’re concerned about consuming alcohol via food, the amount in this finished dish is minimal. In a recipe like this one, which is simmered for an extended period of time, 95% of the alcohol will evaporate. Check out our Cooking with Wine article to learn more about the thyroid-healthy way to utilize wine in cooking.
Here’s some info about the thyroid-friendly nutrients in this recipe:
- Grass-fed (also called grass-finished) beef has a far different and superior nutrient profile than industrially raised, grain-finished beef, and is highly beneficial to thyroid health. It contains up to five times more Omega-3s than conventionally raised beef, which can help reduce inflammation in the body, as well as boost immunity. It can also have more than twice the amount of Vitamin E (a powerful antioxidant), and twice as much CLA as grain-fed beef (a fatty acid associated with reducing body fat).
- Just 1 mushroom provides 7% DV of selenium, a nutrient important for the production and regulation of thyroid hormones.
- Bone broth is one of the most highly recommended foods for anyone suffering from an autoimmune disease like Hashimoto’s. The collagen and glycine can help repair cell damage in the intestinal tract.
Dietary Compliance: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo
- 2 lbs grass-fed beef sirloin, or sub. tri-tip, or your favorite tender cut of beef
- 2 tablespoons ghee, divided
- 3 small yellow onions, sliced
- 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour, or cassava flour for Paleo
- 1 teaspoon dried Thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried Marjoram
- 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
- Black pepper, to taste
- 1 cup dry red wine
- 1–2 cups beef bone broth
- 8 oz petite or button mushrooms, sliced
- Approximately 4 cups of cooked rice, cauliflower rice, GF pasta, dairy-free mashed potatoes, toasted quinoa, or parsnip sage risotto (see notes below for links!)*
Cut beef into bite-sized strips or cubes and set aside.
In a large, deep skillet melt 1 tablespoon ghee over medium heat. Add onions and cook until tender and golden. Remove onions from skillet and set aside.
Add remaining tablespoon ghee to skillet and add beef, stirring occasionally until browned.
Sprinkle beef with GF all-purpose flour or cassava flour (for Paleo). Add thyme, marjoram, sea salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.
Add red wine, and 1 cup of beef broth, stirring until sauce is thickened. Add cooked onions and sliced mushrooms. Reduce heat and simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent scorching. You may add up to 1 cup of additional beef broth as needed, to reach desired consistency. Sauce should have a thick gravy-like consistency.
While beef is simmering, prepare your desired accompaniment. Options include rice, cauliflower rice, parsnip sage risotto, dairy-free mashed potatoes, toasted quinoa, or gluten-free noodles--links below! (Jovial Gluten-Free Egg Tagliatelle is featured in photo.)
Taste and adjust French Beef with additional salt, pepper, or broth as needed. Serve atop your desired accompaniment.
*not included in nutrition facts