Nirvana Beef with Expresso-Ancho Chili Sauce and Lime Cilantro “Cauliflower Rice”

Asian Food, beef, grill, low carb, marinade, meat, Paleo, Tomato

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I have been tweaking the perfect sauce for beef for a very long time. I finally learned that simpler is better. Over time, I took out the complicated and unnecessary ingredients of my previous concoctions. My dinner guests AKA, “guinea pigs” to my eclectic recipes, told me I finally got it right. More about that later…First, the beef and it’s marinade:

2 or 3 lbs. organic, grass fed beef, I’m using 2 New York strips and 2 Rib-eyes because that’s what I had in the fridgidare.

1/2 cup sake

3 Tablespoons Ume Plum Vinegar

2 Tablespoons organic Nama Shoyu or organic Tamari, reduced sodium

2 Tablespoons sichuan peppercorns (Chinese coriander seed) ground

4 garlic cloves

Pour over the beef and let marinade for 3 hours or even overnight

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Next: get the expresso-ancho chili sauce ready in a saucepan:

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3 Tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter

2 Tablespoons ancho chili powder

1 cup organic tomato puree

7 oz.  freshly brewed expresso

2 Tablespoons Ume Plum vinegar

3 Tablespoons sake

3 Tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns, ground (optional but delish)

Mix all the sauce ingredients together and simmer for about 15 minutes.How simple is that? Keep warm until the beef is grilled and the cauliflower rice is ready. If the sauce is too thin, add a little tomato paste, too thick, add water. It should look like a red gravy. It will look like this:

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It looks good, right? It tastes scrump. You can keep some in a glass jar in the frigidaire for a few days. It’s great on a lot of food items. Chicken, fish and what-not. Now for the cauliflower rice:

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1 Tablespoon ghee or unsalted butter

1 head of organic cauliflower, rough cut in a food processor until it resembles rice

2 Tablespoons sichuan peppercorns, ground (I used a mortar & pestle)

The zest and juice of 4 limes

2 shallots, diced

2 slices fresh ginger, diced

1/2 cup Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated

1 cup cilantro, chopped

Combine all the ingredients except the cilantro and grated cheese in a pan and sautee with a Tablespoon of ghee for about 7 minutes. Add the cilantro and cheese and continue cooking for another minute. Remove from the heat. It should look like this:

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Yes, nice, toasty and fluffy. And it tastes better than white rice. Now grill the beef and slice it up into the sauce. You can even serve the sauce on the side if you like, I’m just suggesting. Mound some of the cauliflower rice in a plate or bowl. Pour the beef and sauce over the cauliflower rice. Brew some green tea to drink. Reflect on the wonderful day the beautiful universe has given us.

This sauce in this recipe is great as a steak sauce, BBQ sauce, and as a condiment with many other dishes. Keep some extra just for dipping. This sauce is 12 years in the making. A lot of my heart and soul has gone into this. The mixture of expresso and ancho chili is pure food alchemy. It’s a pleasant surprise and totally unexpected. The leftovers of this entire dish are amazing, re-heated. Make enough for lunch the next day, for someone you love.

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Free Spirit Grilled Ume Plum Chicken

chicken curry, dressings, grilled chicken, low carb

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For the chicken:

2 whole organic chicken breasts with bones removed but skin intact

1/2 cup ume plum vinegar

3 sprigs crushed mint

3 kaffir lime leaves crushed

1/2 Tablespoon coarse ground black peppercorns

2 Tablespoons green curry paste

1 Tablespoon fermented chili paste

1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar

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Cover the chicken with the vinegars, pepper, kaffir lime & mint. Turn skin side up and spread the green curry paste thinnly over the chicken, then spread the fermented chili paste over the chicken as well. Heat your grill and cook the chicken skin side up first, then turn skin side down and cook thoroughly, like this:

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Take the hot chicken off the grill, it will be crispy and juicy, and get the next ingredients together:

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For the shitake relish:

Slice up 5 shitake mushrooms, 1 bunch scallions, 1/2 red onion, one mint sprig, torn.

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Saute the shitake relish with 1/2 Tablespoon oil for about 1 minute. Remove from the heat.

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Make the hot chili dressing:

Whisk together 1 Tablespoon fermented chili paste, 2 Tablespoons grated ginger, 1 Tablespoon hoisin sauce, the juice of 2 lemons, 1/3 cup sesame oil, 1/3 cup ume plum vinegar.Warm the dressing slightly in a sauce pan, do not boil. Pour the warm dressing in a glass bowl.

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Slice & Dice the chicken:

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Layer the chicken and the shitake relish and top with some Thai basil leaves, a few raw organic cashews, and a drizzle of the warmed hot chili dressing.

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Nourish your spirit, pour some lotus tea. Breathe. Relax.