Garlicky Beef with Basil and Mushrooms




This is the best ten minute meal I’ve made in recent memory. I shared some with my buddy, Jesse Kahle, and he agreed.

Chanterelles are in season as well as many other varieties of mushrooms. While I chose three particular mushrooms for this preparation, you can use any variety of this friendly fungus. I added Sambal at the time I ate and it was a bowl licker for sure!

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Rockin’ the kitchen with my man, Jesse

Garlicky Beef with Basil and Mushrooms

Ingredient List:

  • 1 pound grass-fed beef
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil, as needed
  • 5 cups of any variety of mushrooms (I used Chantrelle, button and a Japanese variety)
  • 1/2 large onion, small dice
  • 3 tablespoons garlic, minced
  • Splash Tamari sauce
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • Fish sauce, to taste
  • Light drizzle of sesame oil

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Season beef with salt and pepper and place, seasoned side down, in a pre-heated, oiled saute pan. Season the other side.
  2. Add to the exposed oil and rendered fat and cook to light golden brown.
  3. Add onions and continue cooking.
  4. Pull beef, garlic, and onions to one side, then add a little more olive oil and the mushrooms to the other half of the pan.
  5. Stir beef to top of pan so it is resting on the mushrooms allowing them to cook.
  6. Add a splash of Tamari and season again with salt.
  7. Add coconut cream and fish sauce to taste, continue to cook.
  8. Fold in Basil.
  9. Plate, drizzle with toasted sesame oil, and enjoy!

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Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (10)

1 Pound Grass Fed Beef weighs 454g. After it cooks down, it weighs 377g and with 1 block equaling 42g, therefore we getย 9 blocks from protein.

Carbohydrates: (4)

We start with 5 Cups of Any Variety of Mushrooms. We know that 3 cups = 1 block, therefore we are going to count this as 2 blocks. Additionally we are adding 1/2 Large Onion which we are counting as 1 block. Finally, we get one more block from the 3 tablespoons of garlic. We know that about 1 teaspoon equals about one clove, and one block equals 10 cloves, therefore with 3 tablespoons that gives us about 9 cloves, about 1 block.

Fats: (38)

1/2 Cup Coconut Cream is about 4oz.we know that 1oz = 28g therefore we have 112g of coconut cream. Using 3g equaling one fat block, we get 37 blocks from the coconut cream. Additionally we get extra blocks form the oils. Both oils measure at 1/3 of a teaspoon equaling one block, so keep track of how much you add.

Balancing Act:

This meal breaks down into two meals, 4.5 protein blocks, 2 carb blocks and about 20 Fat blocks (coconut cream plus the oils).ย  It is a little heavy on the fats, and a little low on the carbs.ย  Add in additional carbs to bring the count up, and try not to eat too many extra fat blocks that day.


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