So I finally tried some beef … no big deal!

Yes, I recently indulged my curiosity and you know what, I’m just fine. I was a little scared to try beef after so long and truthfully, I never much cared for beef even when I did eat it. I did however, remember liking stew meat, so that’s what I went with. By surprise and on my own (I kept it from Jesse), I picked up two packages of grass-fed beef stew meat at Whole Foods, along with the remaining ingredients to make Everyday Paleo’s red curry beef stew. I made one modification — I subbed 1-inch carrot chunks for the yams since I’m not able to eat potatoes of any sort because of having to adhere to the SCD. Here’s the recipe as I followed it:


  • 2 lb grass-fed stew meat
  • 1 Tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk
  • 1/4 C low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 head red cabbage, cut into large chunks
  • 4-5 large carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Head of kale, stemmed and roughly chopped


  1. Place stew meat into a slow cooker and add the red curry paste. Mix well until the meat is coated with the paste.
  2. Pour in the coconut milk and chicken broth, and mix well.
  3. Top with the carrot pieces and cabbage.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the stew meat is tender and falling apart and the carrots are soft.
  5. Steam the kale for 2-3 minutes.
  6. Serve the stew on top of a bed of kale.

The stew smelled so good while it was cooking. That’s something I absolutely love about using a slow cooker – it makes the house smell fantastic. Once it was ready, and after a little hesitation, I finally took a bite. Guess what? I liked it! I admit, it was a little strange though and definitely a forgotten texture. Jesse was very surprised by my meal and got a real kick out of me trying it. I just thought, you know I’m going through a lot of big and wonderful changes right now … why not keep it going by trying some beef?! Additionally, I tried not to dwell or over think what I was eating. Bless it, accept it, eat it and carry its essence within.

One thing to note, the red curry flavor was hardly evident, so I will definitely add more the next time around. It’s funny though because in the recipe book, the caption says that the meat really takes on the red curry flavor and to even use less if you don’t like it too spicy. I used the recommended amount, but there was seriously no spice at all. Yes, it was still delicious and enjoyable, but had I not made it, I would’ve never guessed there was red curry paste in there.



3 thoughts on “So I finally tried some beef … no big deal!

  1. paleosisters June 9, 2012 / 8:43 am

    Why wouldn’t you eat beef? I stopped after that mad cow was delivered to Portland supermarkets! I didn’t eat beef for about six years before I went paleo (this is Rachel), but now I feel much more comfortable especially with locally-raised or even grass-fed beef. Looks yummy!

    • paleoinportland June 9, 2012 / 10:40 am

      Hi Rachel! I don’t know if you read my ‘About’ section, but until this past November, I hadn’t eaten meat in about 10 years and even longer with red meat. At this time, I started eating chicken and turkey, along with some fish, but that was it. I was scared to eat larger animals and I’m a total softie. Cows have those big, sad eyes that make my heart melt and I felt too bad to eat beef. Obviously, I’ve come to terms with it a bit more now and try not to over-think it. I realize, I can respect and have compassion toward animals while still choosing to consume them. Like you, I only choose high quality beef. I refuse the eat the other stuff. Oh, and it was yummy!

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