A delicious Asian take on slow cooker beef stew, this Orange Ginger Beef recipe is comforting and incredibly flavorful. It's also Paleo, Whole30, gluten-free, dairy-free, and SO much more fun than carrots and potatoes. Just sayin'.
The cooler days of fall are definitely the days to break out the crockpot, throw some ingredients in, and come back several hours later to a delicious meal. A warming hearty stew, a steeped-in-flavor bolognese sauce, or an Asian-inspired meal such as this one are just the ticket to warm your body from the chill.
Is that RICE in this Paleo dish?
Before anyone goes ballistic, yes, that is white rice in the picture.
Is it 100% Paleo? Who the heck knows anymore. Some people say it's ok, some say it's not.
What I say is that we don't seem to have any reactions to it other than the fact that when I eat it I gain weight, so we eat it every so often. More than I probably should, hence why I am not exactly at the weight I wish I was, but for my constantly growing kiddos with their neverending voracious appetites it's not so bad.
We try to limit it to once every two weeks or so because we don't want it taking place of more nutritionally-dense foods (ok, nutritious at all, since white rice is kind of void of any). But for us it helps us with that whole moderation and not feeling deprived completely of “normal” foods, so we strike a balance with it.
For anyone who doesn't want to do this, serve this dish over this coconut cauliflower rice and you'll be golden. And probably weigh a lot less than me.
A Note on Slow Cookers
I also want to make a note here that slow cookers all act differently. We have a gigantic 7 qt slow cooker and a smaller 1.5 qt one. They both do the same thing, but the larger cooker cooks our stuff in 1/4 of the time.
I read somewhere this is a result of the fact that I'm only adding a small amount of food to the large one and therefore the air temp gets much hotter, acting more like an oven.
So when I make small dishes I've been trying to use the small slow cooker, and then when I make massive batches of things like a bolognese sauce I use the big one. Or I adjust the time accordingly, like a recipe that says cook for 6-8 hours for chicken would render that chicken inedible in our large one. So after much experimentation, it's 2 hours max for us.
The moral of this story is, just know your slow cooker. If you are constantly getting dried out, overcooked food it could be because it's too big and you need to either make more food at one time or lessen the time.
The Slow Cooker Orange Ginger Beef Recipe
Anyway – on to the recipe! You can use any beef stew meat in this – sometimes it comes packaged and sold as “beef stew meat” and sometimes you can just buy a beef chuck roast and dice it up yourself.
And in case you aren't familiar with Coconut Aminos, they are the Paleo, soy-free replacement for soy sauce. You can find out all about coconut aminos in this post that I wrote.
Slow Cooker Orange Ginger Beef
- 3 lbs Beef Stew Meat
- 2 Bell Peppers sliced into 1/2 inch slices
- 1/4 cup Coconut Aminos
- 2 tbs Sunbutter or almond butter
- 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
- 4 cloves Garlic minced
- 2 tbs Sesame Oil
- Zest of 1 Orange
- 1/4 cup Orange Juice juice from 1 large orange
- 2 tsp fresh Ginger grated or minced
- 1/4 cup Scallions white and green parts, sliced, plus more for garnish
- 1/4 cup Cilantro chopped, plus more for garnish
- 3 tbs Arrowroot Powder
- Add stew meat and peppers into a slow cooker.
- In a large measuring cup or bowl mix together the rest of the ingredients except for the arrowroot powder.
- Pour over beef and peppers and mix.
- Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. (see my note above about size of your slow cooker)
- Remove lid and take out 1 cup of liquid and put into a bowl. Add the arrowroot powder to the bowl and whisk until smooth. Put back in the slow cooker and mix it all again.
- Put the cover back on the slow cooker and cook for 30 more minutes.
- (Time saving option - if you don't have the extra 30 minutes, after the 6-7 hours are up, remove the beef with a slotted spoon and put in a large bowl. Pour the liquid from the slow cooker into a sauce pan and add the arrowroot powder. Whisk until smooth, and then cook over a medium flame until slightly thickened. Then mix with the beef and serve. This option only takes 10 min).
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