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Whole30 Mongolian Beef (Paleo, Keto, AIP Option)

This easy Keto and Whole30 Mongolian Beef is so much healthier and tastier than takeout and it only takes 20 minutes to make, with an AIP option!

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

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I don’t know if it’s because I’ve had my cookbook on my mind, but I’ve been craving Asian food more and more recently. One of my favorite Chinese food takeout menu items used to Mongolian beef, but even as a kid, I remember thinking how sweet it was from all the brown sugar.

Whole30 Mongolian Beef Recipe

Well, as someone who likes to keep her sugar intake low these days, I decided to make a Whole30 version of Mongolian Beef without any added sugar and it turned out fantastic. The yummy flavor comes from coconut aminos, which has a natural sweet taste especially when cooked down like it’s done in this recipe.

The garlic ginger sauce is so dang delicious, and it only take 20 minutes from start to finish! Definitely my kind of meal on busy weeknights.

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

Keeping It Low Carb

This Whole30 Mongolian Beef is fantastic on its own, but if you want a delicious side that goes well with it, serve it with some cauliflower rice! This keeps it low carb, keto, AIP, and Whole30-compliant. If you are fine with eating real rice, then you do you, boo! There’s no wrong way to eat anything and we just gotta do what feels right for our body.

AIP Option

This recipe is really easy to adjust to make it AIP compliant. All you have to do is omit the crushed red pepper during cooking, as well as the sesame oil and sesame seeds added in at the end. It’ll still turn out delicious because the sauce is what makes this dish! It’s hard to beat the combination of coconut aminos, garlic, and ginger.

I hope you enjoy this Whole30 Mongolian Beef, that comes together quickly and easily. Let me know how yours turns out and comment below! I love getting your feedback on my recipes so I can keep improving and creating dishes that you love.

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

Whole30 Mongolian Beef

Whole30 Mongolian Beef (Paleo, Keto, AIP Option)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 318 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This easy Keto and Whole30 Mongolian Beef is so much healthier and tastier than takeout and it only takes 20 minutes to make, with an AIP option!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb flank steak sliced against the grain into thin, bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp tapioca starch
  • 1/4 cup avocado oil or ghee
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger grated
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper omit for AIP or if you don't want spicy
  • 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 bunch green onions cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 tsp sesame oil omit for AIP
  • Toasted same seeds, for garnish omit for AIP

Instructions

  1. Season the beef with salt, then toss together.

  2.  Sprinkle with tapioca starch then toss until evenly covered.

  3. Heat avocado oil in a skillet over medium high heat. 

  4. Working in batches, drop the beef in the oil a few at a time so the pieces aren't touching each other. Fry until dark and crispy, about 1 1/2 minutes on each side. 

  5. Remove from the skillet and set aside. Drain the oil from the skillet but leave about 1 tablespoon.

  6. Add garlic, ginger, and crushed red peppers, if using, into the same skillet.

  7. Sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  8. Add coconut aminos, water, and fish sauce, and stir to combine. 

  9. Add the fried beef, and let it simmer for 3 minutes until the sauce is thickened.

  10. Stir in green onions and simmer for 2 more minutes.

  11. Remove from heat and stir in sesame oil. 

  12. Sprinkle with sesame seeds before serving with cauliflower rice.

Nutrition Facts
Whole30 Mongolian Beef (Paleo, Keto, AIP Option)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 318 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 68mg 23%
Sodium 927mg 39%
Potassium 415mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 6g 2%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 2.7%
Vitamin C 2.5%
Calcium 3.4%
Iron 10.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes Hearts (Whole30, Keto, AIP)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Reese Specialty Foods. I was compensated and received a product to try. I fully stand behind this product, and the opinions are 100% my own.

This delicious and easy Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichoke Hearts is lightened up by using zucchini noodles and creamy, dairy free sauce!

Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes

The last time I had real alfredo sauce with real pasta was probably over 6 years ago at an Italian restaurant. I remember fully enjoying this delicious and creamy dish, and then feeling like I got hit with a tranquilizer gun from the high dose of carbs and a sharp stomachache from the dairy in the sauce. Yikes.

Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes Hearts Recipe

So, of course, I had to recreate a grain and dairy free version of the dish I enjoyed eating so much, and I’m absolutely delighted with how it turned out. (And bonus: I feel great afterwards!) This Paleo Shrimp Alfredo is low in carbs by using zucchini noodles, and the sauce tastes like the real deal without a hint of dairy by using thick and decadent coconut cream.

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Elevate Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichoke Hearts

While I tried this recipe with the addition of a variety of vegetables, my absolute favorite so far has been tender and juicy artichoke hearts. I used Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts for this recipe as part of their Step Out of Your Comfort Food campaign (#StepOutOfYourComfortFood), and I absolutely love the yummy flavor and texture it gives the dish.

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Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes

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I hope you try out this Paleo Shrimp Alfredo, and let me know how you like it! I’ve been heating up the leftovers lightly in the microwave, or you can even reheat it low and slow on the stove if you don’t own a microwave. It still tastes amazing reheated, but make sure you don’t heat it up too much because you can overcook the shrimp!

Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes

Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes Hearts (Whole30, Keto, AIP)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Zucchini Sweating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 565 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

This delicious and easy Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichoke Hearts is lightened up by using zucchini noodles and creamy, dairy free sauce!

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 2 tsp sea salt divided
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil for AIP, divided
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 14-oz can coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper omit for AIP
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 lb raw shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 1 14oz can of Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts drained and moisture squeezed out

Instructions

  1. Use a vegetable peeler or spiralizer to slice the zucchini into noodles.

  2. Place the zucchini noodles in a colander over a bowl, and toss with 1 tsp of sea salt.

  3. Let this sit for 30 minutes to sweat the zucchini. Start cooking the shrimp and the sauce while the zucchini sits.

  4. Pat dry the shrimp with a paper towel and heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

  5. Add shrimp in a single layer, and pan fry for 2 minutes on each side. 

  6. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside. 

  7. Heat another tbsp of ghee in the same skillet.

  8. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes until the onions are translucent.

  9. Add coconut cream, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, 1 tsp sea salt, garlic powder, and ground black pepper. Stir together.

  10. Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium low to simmer for 20 minutes until reduced. Stir occasionally so the sauce doesn't stick and burn on the bottom. 

  11. Drain the zucchini and wrap in a paper towel to squeeze out the moisture.


  12. Stir in Reese Quartered Artichoke Hearts, zucchini noodles, and parsley, and let everything simmer for 5 more minutes while stirring frequently.

  13. Turn off heat and stir in shrimp. Serve warm. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes Hearts (Whole30, Keto, AIP)
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 565 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 31g 155%
Cholesterol 304mg 101%
Sodium 2362mg 98%
Potassium 698mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 6g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 60.7%
Calcium 23.6%
Iron 29.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

This Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie is a deliciously refreshing cocktail or mocktail that’ll cool you down instantly on a hot day!

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

I don’t drink much alcohol, but the rare times that I do, it’s because I simply can’t say no to a good margarita. Tequila is my drink of choice and it seems to be the only type of liquor that doesn’t make me feel like complete crap afterwards. So when I recently visited Sayulita, you know I definitely indulged in a margarita or 5.

Well, Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, so I thought, what better excuse than to whip up a delicious margarita recipe? With hot, sunny days just around the corner, I couldn’t think of a better way to cool down than with this refreshing Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie.

Paleo Watermelon Margarita SlushiePaleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

One thing I get annoyed with when I drink frozen cocktails is that, especially on a warm day, the ice melts too quickly and the drink gets watered down by the time you are halfway through it. Well, with this drink, that never happens because instead of using ice, you freeze the watermelon directly then blend it together to get that slushie texture. You definitely don’t need to rush through it to enjoy the yummy taste since it never gets diluted.

I tried this recipe both with and without the tequila and both ways tasted pretty darn amazing. While it’s fun to add the alcohol, you can also enjoy it as a delicious frozen treat especially if you have non-drinkers or kids around who want to feel included in the festivities. Whether you enjoy it as a cocktail or a mocktail, I think you’ll love this delicious and refreshing Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie!

I created this recipe as part of the #MargaritaWeek celebration with a bunch of other bloggers and recipe developers. If you want to take a look at some of the other margaritas in this party, go check it out here!

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 7 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: Jean Choi
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Ingredients

  • 5 cups diced watermelon frozen
  • 3/4 cup 100% agave tequila omit for AIP or if avoiding alcohol
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tbsp raw honey or more, to taste
  • Sea Salt
  • Optional: lime and/or watermelon slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pour sea salt in a small dish. Run a lime wedge around the rims of 4 glasses to wet them, then dip in sea salt. 

  2. Place frozen watermelon, tequila (if using), lime juice, and honey in a high powered blender, and blend until smooth. 

  3. Taste and add more honey, if needed.

  4. Divide the slushie into the prepared glasses, then garnish with lime wedges and watermelon slices before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Watermelon Margarita Slushie
Amount Per Serving (1 margarita)
Calories 200
% Daily Value*
Sodium 3mg 0%
Potassium 248mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Sugars 20g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 21.9%
Vitamin C 29.7%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 2.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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