Whole 30 Slow Cooker Braised Beef Short Ribs with Cauliflower Mash and Paleo Dinner Rolls

Monday's Menu:

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Happy Monday everyone!  Did you have a nice weekend?  Mine was wonderful and spent celebrating my aunt's birthday with our families and it's safe to say everyone had a great time.  I'm sharing with you today a Whole 30 and Paleo recipe for braised beef short ribs.  I have made short ribs in the Crock-Pot many times before with great success, fall off the bone tender meat but those recipes used a dark beer like Guiness.  This time I opted to try a Whole 30 recipe instead.  The flavor was excellent and the meat was definitely tender, but it didn't fall off the bone like before.  I attribute that to the beer tenderizing the meat better and would suggest perhaps monitoring the cook time.  I went with four hours like I did in the past, but likely three to four hours would have been better this time.  I also used a different Crock-Pot than I made this in in the past so perhaps that contributed to the minor difference.  

Now, on to the good stuff!

The menu (Whole 30 and Paleo friendly): slow cooker braised beef short ribs with truffled mashed cauliflower and dinner rolls.

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Shopping List:

For the Short Ribs

  • 4 beef short ribs, bone in
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into slices
  • 3 small golden potatoes, diced (or more to your liking)
  • button mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups organic beef stock
  • 2 tbsp thyme (fresh or dried) or 1 tbsp ground thyme
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil, as needed to brown the beef

For the Cauliflower Mash

  • 1 head cauliflower florets
  • 2 tbsp grass fed butter or 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • truffle salt

For the Dinner Rolls

  • 3/4 cup tapioca flour (or arrowroot flour)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup and 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large, organic egg
  • 1 tsp salt


Slow Cooker Braised Beef Short Ribs:  Season all sides of the short ribs with salt and pepper.  Heat olive oil in a skillet and brown all sides of the short ribs.

Wash and chop all of the vegetables.  Line your slow cooker with a slow cooker liner if using.  (This helps for easier clean up!) Add all of the ingredients to the slow cooker and set on low for 3 to 4 hours.

Cauliflower Mash: Wash the cauliflower florets and boil them on the stove until fork tender.  Drain the water out of the pot with a colander.  Add the 2 tbsp grass fed butter (or 1 tbsp oil if dairy free) and a generous amount of truffle salt, to taste preference.  Using an immersion blender, puree the cauliflower.  You may also transfer it to a food processor to puree, if needed. *Alternatives to truffle salt would be sea salt, Parmesan cheese, or other desired seasonings.

Paleo Dinner Rolls: Mix together 3/4 cup tapioca (or arrowroot) flour, 1/2 cup coconut flour, and 1 tsp. salt. Then add 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup olive oil, and 1 egg.  Mix this all together with a hand mixer. If the batter has too much liquid to roll the dough in your hands, then add a little more coconut flour. Roll the dough into approximately 8 balls using your hands and place them on a greased baking sheet or parchment paper lined sheet.  I used a non-stick baking sheet and they baked perfectly without sticking.  *Optional, sprinkle a little sea salt, dried thyme, dried rosemary, or dried oregano on top before baking for added flavor to compliment the meal you're serving it with.

Bake them at 350* F for 30-35 minutes until they begin turning golden brown on the bottom.

For me, the tapioca flour version took a little longer for the inside of the rolls to bake than the arrowroot version I previously made took to bake.  You'd have to cut into one to determine this, but it's worth it.  They are incredibly delicious!

 When everything is finished serve immediately & enjoy!

I hope you enjoyed the recipe today.  You can tweak it to your liking and add different vegetables to it as well.  Please share the recipe with your family & friends!

You can find my previous Paleo recipe posts here.

You can find my previous Whole 30 recipe posts here.

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Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead!