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Thai Grain-Free Beef Bowls

Grain-free Thai Beef Bowls. This is an easy, one-pan meal, ready in just over 15 minutes, and it’s a weeknight staple in our house. Garnish all pretty-like to create colorful masterpiece, serve over cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles or go with  regular rice or noodles.  This recipe is paleo, whole30 and keto friendly. 

I know for many of you with families and busy schedules, though the summer is supposed to be about relaxing and chilling, somehow before you know it, the schedule fills up and you are going non-stop. Dinners are eaten on the run and you are quite literally setting up your digestion for a rough go. While it’s far easier said then done, to slow down, I think much of this action can take place with meal planning and preparing meals that can me made start to finish in under 30 minutes.

Even with working from home and being a child-free family, I adore 30-minute meals on summer weeknights. Most evenings after we eat, we take advantage of the longer hours of light and we take a family walk together (hubby, myself and the pooch). If I am slaving over a big elaborate meal, if we have a sink full of dishes and a huge mess, those walks don’t happen and many nights, this is the highlight of my day. This is when Mark and I catch up on our work days, when we bounce ideas off of one another and just relish in the beauty of our neighborhood.


Prep time 5mins Cooktime 15 mins Totaltime 20 mins

gluten-free, paleo, keto, Whole30, dairy-free, nut-free, AIP option

Serves: 4


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or ghee
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1-2 fresh Thai red chiles, seeds removed and finely chopped (you can also sub in California red chile or red jalapeño or leave out)
  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef (other ground meat will work here, too)
  • ¼ cup coconut aminos, gluten-free tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar (or lime juice)
  • red pepper flakes, to taste
  • sea salt, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, thinly sliced or roughly chopped (Thai basil, preferred, if you can find it)

Options For Topping:

  • carrots, peeled into ribbons or spiralized
  • cucumber, thinly sliced
  • scallions, thinly sliced or cut into 1-inch pieces
  • thinly sliced red chiles
  • red pepper flakes
  • bean sprouts
  • limes

Serve Over:

  • cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles (you can also serve over regular rice or rice noodles)


1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shallots to the hot pan, stir constantly and cook for 2-3 minutes. Then add the garlic, ginger and red chile, cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

2. Add ground beef and cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; drain the excess fat.

3. In a small bowl, whisk together the coconut aminos, fish sauce and rice wine vinegar. Add the coconut aminos sauce to the pan and stir until well combined, allowing to simmer until it reduces slightly, about 3 minutes.

4. Turn off the heat and stir in the chopped fresh basil.

5. Serve immediately over cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles. Garnish with fresh carrot, cucumber, scallions, red chiles and additional fresh basil.


adjust heat by using less chile and skipping red pepper flakes
swap in half a red bell pepper for chile for less heat
you can swap in ground turkey, chicken or pork for the beef, or a meat-free option if you are vegetarian
for AIP leave out peppers and pepper flakes

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