Whole30: Day 5 (Beef-Rib Pot Roast)
Dear Whole30 diary: today I created a new recipe, for Beef-Rib Pot Roast. I’ll take more/better photos of it when I inevitably make it again soon (as early as next week, possibly). But I did setup and take a shot of it in my bowl, so wonderfully meaty and flavorful, topped with fresh thyme. I’d also like to make a slow-cooker or instant-pot version of this, because a three hour cook time is inconvenient, to say the least. But I will say that this pot roast is WORTH inconvenience because it’s the best I’ve ever made, by far.
The last time I made pot roast was in 2014 so it’s time I made pot roast again. The 2014 version was served over purple cauliflower mash (so fancy!) and also benefitted from a sprinkle of thyme:
My 2018 version is so, so, so delicious. Made without relying on wine to deepen the flavor or flour to thicken the gravy. I also intend to test this out with short-ribs, because while it was delicious with full-length ribs, they were a bit tricky to fit into my pot. Short-ribs would be easier. Anyway, see recipe at the end of this post!
I began testing something else today: hot water with lemon juice and a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt as breakfast in the morning. I hope it decreases appetite, provides vitamin C and bioflavonoids, and tones up my digestive tract in preparation for meals. We’ll see if it makes any positive impact. 🙂🙃🙂🙃 I try to steer clear of introducing too many variables into my daily routine at the same time, but it’s Whole30 Day 5 and time to try new things!
Whole30 Day 5 Food
- Breakfast: hot water with lemon and pink Himalayan salt
- Lunch: leftover meat sauce from yesterday
- Dinner: two sevings of Beef-Rib Pot Roast
- Fluids: black coffee, tea, La Croix
- 4 tbsp olive oil
- 6-8 grass-fed beef shortribs, preferbly bone-in
- 2 onions, roughly chopped
- 5-6 carrots, roughly chopped
- 1 lb fingerly potatoes, cut in half
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 cups grass-fed beef bone broth
- 2 bay leaves
- 4 tbsp fresh thyme (or to taste)
- 1 tbsp fresh rosemary (or to taste)
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
- Season the short ribs heavily on all sides with salt and pepper.
- Combine the chopped onions, garlic, carrots, and potatoes in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Set aside until needed.
- Heat the olive oil in a heavy oven-safe pot with a lid (such as a Dutch oven) over medium-high heat. Sear the short ribs until a nice brown color forms on all sides, about 3-4 minutes per side. Add the vegetables and the tomato paste, stir to distribute the paste.
- Add the bone broth until the vegetables and short ribs are almost (but not fully) submerged. Add the bay leaves. Bring to a boil.
- Cover the skillet with the lid cracked to allow steam to escape and transfer to the oven. Cook for 3 hours.
- Remove from the oven, and stir in the fresh herbs. Taste, adjust seasoning if necessary, and serve hot.