My husband Joe and I switched to a Paleo Diet a few months ago.
From 14 years a vegetarian to a “Grok” eater was a long journey. If I hadn’t changed to a carnivore, I never would have become friends with the Whisnant family many years ago. Life takes surprising twists and turns.
When we switched to Paleo eating, we needed to find simple recipes that Non-Paleo friends would love. Chef John’s Food Wishes Simple Pot Roast Recipe fit the bill.
Since it is such a favorite with everyone, I thought the Rain Crow Ranch Paleo fans might enjoy my Paleo grass fed beef variation of Chef John’s Pot Roast Recipe.
While Chef John serves his pot roast on white potatoes which isn’t on the Paleo Diet . . . Paleo eaters can easily substitute mashed sweet potatoes or cauliflower.
Start with a Rain Crow Ranch 3 lb grass fed beef chuck roast. Add salt and pepper to taste. Brown in 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and refined coconut oil to lock in the juices.
Cooking Tip: Coconut oil is a favorite cooking oil with Paleo chefs. I never understood the positives because coconut oil would change the flavor of recipes.
Discovered that refined coconut oil has a neutral taste and now I use coconut oil for cooking. If you don’t have refined coconut oil, no problem . . . just use olive oil.
When the chuck roast is browned on all sides remove it from the pot.
Add butter, diced carrots, celery and onions.
Cooking Tip: If you don’t want to dice, you can find this vegetable mixture already chopped in the refrigerated produce section at many supermarkets. This combination is a common base for many soups.
Chef John uses 1 cup each of the vegetables plus 1/2 stick of butter. This vegetable mixture forms the sauce for the pot roast.
The only problem with this meager amount of vegetables . . . guests tend to snarf up the veggie mixture and beg for more so I double the vegetables and add a little bit extra butter to compensate for the overload of vegetables. Believe me . . . you can’t overdo the vegetables with a hungry crowd.
Chef John adds rosemary. My husband doesn’t like rosemary so we don’t add it.
I add Herbamare seasoning to my veggie mixture. You can find Herbamare On Amazon and at many health food stores.
Herbamare is a veggie and herb blend that I discovered many years ago when I was a vegetarian. It brings out the flavor of the vegetables. Just cut back on the salt if you use Herbamare.
Sauté the vegetables for approximately 3 minutes. I went a little too far as you can tell from my picture below.
It wasn’t easy taking photos and cooking. Hats off to Patti and Chef John who do a better job juggling cooking with their photographs.
Remove the veggies and throw the browned chuck roast back into the pot. Add the vegetables back in.
Chef John appears to surround his roast with the vegetables. I surround and top the roast with the sautéed vegetables. I like the flavor blending with my roast plus the vegetables keep my roast really moist.
I use my favorite Le Creuset French Ovens for this one pot meal. There is a reason that Le Creuset is a chef favorite
Cook the chuck roast in the covered pot at 275 degrees for 2 1/2 to 4 hours.
When I made this recipe, I planned to have a nice relaxing afternoon leisurely cooking and taking pictures. However, Rain Crow Ranch grass fed beef brings friends out of the woodwork. It is like drawing moths to a flame.
Eager volunteers wanted to help me “stage.” Which really means that I have hungry people telling me they are starved and want to eat.
I usually cook my roasts for 4 hours or more because I want the roast to fall apart. Some people prefer slicing their roasts so they go for less time.
In this case, I only had 3 hours because my friends were going to revolt.
Cook to your desired doneness if you can keep your natives from getting restless.
Paleo Grass Fed Beef Chuck Roast Recipe
3 lbs Rain Crow Ranch Grass Fed Beef Chuck Roast
1 T olive oil
1 T refined coconut oil (don’t use regular coconut oil)
2 cups diced carrots
2 cups diced celery
2 cups diced onion
Salt and pepper to taste
Herbamare to taste (optional)
3/4 stick of butter
Chef John Simple Chuck Roast Video
Not only does Food Wishes’ Chef John share his recipes but even better . . . he makes videos of his recipes. Click below to see a real chef prepare chuck roast.
I have always made chuck roasts using wine, broth or water. This simple combo of butter and vegetables is now my favorite way to prepare chuck roast.
Many thanks to Chef John for a Paleo friendly chuck roast recipe and his step by step video. Video is a great way to learn.
Bon appetit and Grok On!!!!!!!!!!
Guest Contributor: BJ