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French Beef

By: Tiffany Flaten, MSN, CNS

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:

*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:

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French Beef

Dietary Compliance: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Almost-Paleo, Paleo

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6


  • 2 lbs grass-fed beef sirloinor sub. tri-tip, or your favorite tender cut of beef
  • 2 tablespoons gheedivided
  • 3 small yellow onionssliced
  • 1/3 cup gluten-free all-purpose flouror cassava flour for Paleo
  • 1 teaspoon dried Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried Marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Black pepperto taste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1–2 cups beef bone broth
  • 8 oz petite or button mushrooms, sliced

To Serve

  • 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!)*


  1. Cut beef into bite-sized strips or cubes and set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Add remaining tablespoon ghee to skillet and add beef, stirring occasionally until browned.
  4. Sprinkle beef with GF all-purpose flour or cassava flour (for Paleo). Add thyme, marjoram, sea salt, and pepper, and stir to combine.

  5. 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.
  6. 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.)

  7. Taste and adjust French Beef with additional salt, pepper, or broth as needed. Serve atop your desired accompaniment.

Recipe Notes

*not included in nutrition facts

Nutritional Info Print
Nutrition Facts
French Beef
Amount Per Serving
Calories 380 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 658mg27%
Potassium 710mg20%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 52g104%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

About the Author

Tiffany Flaten is a board-certified nutritionist and the owner of Rock Bottom Wellness. Her own rock bottom came in the form of a thyroid cancer diagnosis (metastatic papillary thyroid carcinoma). After realizing the power of food on her healing journey, she quit her teaching job and returned to school so that she could help others connect the dots between food and health. She holds a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Performance and specializes in functional, medical nutrition. Tiffany lives with her husband and two daughters in Minnesota.