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To find Vietnamese recipes that fit within the paleo/primal framework is surprisingly challenging. (See What is Paleo/Primal?)

As paleo/primal doesn’t allow sugar, grains, gluten, legumes, soy, nor dairy, while most Vietnamese food requires sugar, soy sauce (containing gluten), or peanuts, Paleo + Vietnamese is almost totally incompatible.

Until now!

In addition to being paleo, this recipe includes coconut milk; coconut being one of the recommend foods for its heart-healthy fat. And super healthy turmeric, which I’ve posted about a lot!

Beef in Coconut Milk Recipe

  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil (or coconut oil) for fryingPaleo_Vietnamese_beef
  • 2     Cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1.1  Pounds beef sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 2     Small (green) onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 Teaspoon turmeric
  • 1     Green pepper, sliced
  • 2 cm Lemongrass, cut from the bottom, thinly sliced (buy fresh from local Asian market)
  • 2     Tablespoons (or slightly more) canned coconut milk

Garnishing

  • 2  Tablespoons peanuts (substitute roasted cashews or almonds), crushed
  • Handful of fresh coriander, chopped

Prepare:

Wash, chop, and prepare all main ingredients. Heat oil in very large skillet or wok until very hot. Add garlic. When the smell is released, add everything except the coconut milk. Stir-fry for about 3 minutes or until the meat is cooked. Add the coconut milk and stir once.

Remove to a serving dish. Serve garnished with nuts and chopped coriander.

Can be served with stir-fried broccoli with garlic and/or lemongrass.

Photo (not of this specific beef dish) by flickr user: NickNguyen

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