Brrrr! Shorter days, colder nights mean it’s time for hearty meals that feed the soul and warm the bones. This keto slow cooked beef casserole fits the bill perfectly.
Check out this video to see how it’s done:
Meat for Slow Cooking
If you happen upon a package of stew meat at the grocery store, you can try that. However, stew meat is typically an assembly of odds and ends from different parts of the animal.
Problem is, those cuts require different preparation, making it hard to achieve an outcome where all of the beef is perfectly cooked.
A better choice is to find tough cuts of meat. Yes, you read that right. The strong, well-muscled areas are rich with connective tissue, which turns from tough and stringy to soft and tender during the slow cooking process.
Ironically, this type of meat will yield the tender, juicy stew chunks you love.
Good options include chuck, English roast, pot roast, top round, and bottom round roast.
How to Make a Casserole, Keto-Style
Picture your favorite casserole. If it looks anything like my pre-keto favorite, it’s definitely not keto.
The foundation of many casseroles is starch. That can take many forms: pasta noodles, potatoes, flour, or a cream-based soup.
While those are all rich with comfort food goodness, they’re also rich with carbs. Goodbye ketosis.
The other potential trouble spot is the crunchy topping. Often this ooey gooey delight is topped with chips, fried onions, or crackers. Not exactly appropriate for your diet.
The other downfall of casseroles is the dairy. I made this keto casserole dairy-free because so many people are sensitive to it.
So what is in this casserole?
You know about the tasty beef chunks already. Now we’ll add some veggies.
Diced bell peppers go great with beef, so I added those in. Zucchini is a nice one for casserole and will get tastier as it soaks up the flavor of the beef.
A diced tomato adds more color and flavor, and I think red onion compliments this arrangement well.
How to Get Started on Keto
As with most big changes, getting started is the hardest part. Once you get into a groove and establish a routine, you won’t have to put much thought into your diet.
But, getting there can be a challenge. I remember what it was like in the early days of keto, and I want to answer your questions and get you set up for success.
Louise holds a Bachelors and Masters in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University (UK). She attended Columbia University for her JD and practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton before co-founding Louise's Foods, Paleo Living Magazine, Nourishing Brands, & CoBionic. Louise has considerable research experience but enjoys creating products and articles that help move people just a little bit closer toward a healthy life they love. You can find her on Facebook or LinkedIn.