Beef

All Seasons, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Stews, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker It’s-Just-Like-Chipotle’s-Spicy-Barbacoa

Chipotle is about the only fast food that I will eat because the meats and dairy are hormone-free, they try to use as much fresh organic local produce as possible, and it tastes so good! The spicy barbacoa beef is my favorite and is perfect for cooking in a slow cooker. I searched the internet for ideas of how to recreate Chipotle’s fantastic shredded beef and ended up with this version that is pretty outstanding. Mission accomplished!

All Seasons, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Fajitas

Fajitas were originally made with skirt steak, hence, the name fajita coming from faja or “belt”. Texas ranch hands have been making them since the 1930s and the dish’s popularity is still evident in every Mexican or Tex Mex restaurant in the U.S. Skirt steak is tough and typically marinated overnight for tenderness prior to grilling, but the slow cooker automatically takes care of transforming the meat to a tender, flavorful base for this meal.

All Seasons, Beef, Fall, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Paleo/Primal, Slow Cooker, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Winter

Slow Cooker Tacos

I am almost embarrassed to include this; it’s so easy, it’s shameful! This is my have-one-second-to put-a-meal-in-the-slow-cooker dinners. Not only can I make the taco meat in a split second and forget it all day, but everyone loves making and eating tacos! It’s such a fun meal to eat with others.

All Seasons, Beef, Gluten free, Main, Mexican, Paleo / Primal, Sugar Free

Taco Casserole

I did not “get” Twitter until I started The Whole Meal and found myself thoroughly absorbed in all things social media. Now Twitter and Instagram have been such great sources of inspiration for me; this recipe being the perfect example.

A Tweet from @MyFitnessPal with a recipe for a taco casserole had me thinking this looks yummy and easy but when I looked at the ingredients it didn’t seem very taco-ish (had black beans and corn in it) so I played around with more traditional taco ingredients and this easy casserole was born; like eating a taco without all the mess and clean up! My family loved it!

Asian, Beef, Dairy Free, Gluten free, Main, Paleo / Primal, Summer

Vietnamese Bun Bo Xao (Beef with Rice Noodle Salad)

Serve with sliced mangoes-

Noodles are one of the two main staples in daily Vietnamese meals (rice being the other) with rice noodles more prevalent than wheat. A cool noodle salad, or bun, is one of the most traditional ways of eating rice noodles in Vietnam. It is an amazingly intricate dance of tastes, textures, and temperature. Although you will most likely find bun made with quickly cooked pork at any of the many bun stands in Saigon, my favorite way to order it is with sirloin beef. Here is my version, which earned 5 stars at my dinner table. Make this on a hot summer night with a side of sweet mango slices.

All, All Seasons, Bbq/Grilling, Beef, Greek, Lamb, Main, Sugar Free, Summer

Gyro Burgers

Serve with baked sweet potato chips-

I love gyros so much that I suffer through most crowded fairs just so I can eat this classic Greek sandwich. Now I am not equipped at home to make the shaved lamb/beef mixture, but I wanted to make a version of it at home to satisfy my cravings. I knew I could make a burger version with pita bread instead of a bun. Craving satisfied!

Ttzatziki sauce, a Greek cucumber yogurt sauce, is traditionally served with the gyro, but I have made the sauce optional, substituting plain yogurt instead. If you have the time and/or inclination, I highly recommend you make the tzatziki; it’s so worth it! You’ll find the recipe below in “The Whole Meal Suggests” section. It will not be added to the shopping list, so you will need to add these ingredients manually to your weekly list.

All, American, Beef, Dairy Free, Fall, Gluten free, Healthy Ideas, Low Sodium, Main, Slow Cooker, Stews, Sugar Free, Vegetable, Winter

Slower Cooker Beef Stew

Fall and winter are synonymous with stews and a beef stew is a classic crock pot meal. The long, slow cooking period allows for the stewing beef to become tender. This is my version which my family loves. It includes tomato sauce and cabbage which boosts the antioxidants in a very […]