AIP Colorful Beef Veggie Bowl Recipe
Most people could stand to eat more vegetables. That’s why this AIP colorful beef veggie bowl recipe is a great meal option whether you’re following autoimmune protocol or not.
How to Make an AIP Veggie Bowl
In this veggie bowl, I used ground beef, carrot, broccoli, onion, a bit of salt, and avocado oil to cook with.
While it makes for a lovely presentation, you may be wondering why some other vegetables didn’t make the cut.
It is pretty colorful, but maybe it could use some nice reds or yellows. Perhaps a yellow or orange bell pepper, or some ripe tomatoes.
I agree that that would make the dish more aesthetically pleasing, but those ingredients pose a big problem for AIP.
Peppers and tomatoes are members of the nightshade family. If you’re new to autoimmune protocol, nightshades are in the off-limits category.
They contain something called saponins, which can contribute to leaky gut and counteract what you’re trying to do with your diet.
So while it may be tempting to add in more veggies or spices to this bowl, be aware that not everything is recommended for AIP. You can read more about nightshades in this article.
You’ll notice I opted for avocado oil in this recipe. Its high smoke point makes it one of my favorite oils to sauté with.
It isn’t a great idea to cook oils to their smoke point – that can turn even a healthy fat into an unhealthy one. So the high smoke point of avocado oil is comforting.
It’s also been linked to some awesome health benefits. It seems to help increase the absorption of nutrients – an obvious benefit when using it with vegetables, as you will for this recipe.
It’s also high in antioxidants, which can protect you against free radicals.
On a less positive note, avocado oil is one of the more expensive oils. Of course you have to do what works with your budget, but I think you’ll find yourself using avocado oil a lot.
It’s versatile, and works just as well cold (for example drizzled on salad), as it does hot.
You do need to be careful about how you store this oil. It should be kept in a cool location away from light.
You can get a year out of it unopened or if you keep it in the refrigerator. If you’re housing it in the pantry, you’ve got about six months to use it once opened.
This veggie bowl is as colorful as it is delicious.
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of avocado oil, to cook vegetables with
- 1 head of broccoli, broken into small florets
- 1 carrot, sliced
- 1/2 onion, thinly sliced
- 1/2 lb (225 g) ground beef
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of avocado oil, to cook beef with
- Salt, to taste
- Add the avocado oil to a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the broccoli, carrots, and onion to the skillet and sauté until the vegetables are soft and slightly browned, about 8 to 10 minutes.
- In a separate skillet, add the other 2 Tablespoons of avocado oil and sauté the beef until browned. Season with salt, to taste.
- Combine the beef and vegetables and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 633
- Sugar: 7 g
- Fat: 52 g
- Carbohydrates: 21 g
- Fiber: 8 g
- Protein: 26 g