These my friends are a perfect feast for the weekend. If you have been following me on instagram, you will know that I made mine on Friday night, left it a little late before I got them slow cooking and had a rather late dinner.
Regardless of my timings, this dish was certainly worth the wait and I couldn’t recommend it more highly to make tonight and have the leftovers for lunch tomorrow. I have had the best leftovers all weekend.
This particular recipe was made from delicious organic beef ribs from my local butcher (I asked him to trim off the excess fat). I love to slow cook beef ribs as the goodies in the bones add an extra depth of flavour, as well as releasing glutamine an amino acid (found in protein) to help heal and seal your gut, which is great for supporting your immunity.
I combined the beef ribs with onions, capsicum, tin of tomatoes and a tin of chipotle sauce (see image below).
Three hours of slow cooking later, the beef was shredded with forks, served on tortillas, drizzled with the tomato/chipotle smokey spicy sauce, topped with finely chopped pineapple, avocado and radish plus a sprinkling of coriander.
I have to say the results were outstanding, so fresh, zingy and more-ish. The kids, family and friends will love this recipe. The best thing about it is you throw in all the ingredients and carry on with business for three hours, my idea of an easy dish. You also do not have to have this dish with tortillas and have it more as a salad bowl, which is equally delicious.
I would recommend using a slowcooker (this is the one I have and I love it) for this process, if using an oven set it at 150c-160c (this recipe has not been tested in the oven!)
Why is this dish good for you:
Grass fed and finished organic beef ribs will guarantee you the best protein with all of the essential amino acids which will nourish, replenish and repair tissue, skin and muscles. The bones when slow cooked will release glutamine which is great for your gut (this can help with allergies, immunity and overall wellness). Grass fed is also higher in omega 3 fats and vitamin E, which is great for skin and immunity.
Cooked tomatoes have a high levels of lycopene which is a carotenoid, this is a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes and is responsible for their red colour. lycopene is a wonder chemical which when absorbed into the body, helps to prevent and also repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. According to this wonderful book, it has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. A perfect antioxidant soup to help repair and nourish the body.
Garlic and onion is a great anti bacterial, anti fungal and is perfect to help boost your immunity. Smoked paprika has derived from the capsicum, high in betacarotene which is the active ingredient which aids as an anti-inflammatory.
Capsicum maintains to have the highest dose of vitamin C in its raw state. They are great source of beta-carotene (great antioxidant), vitamin B6 (helps with protein metabolism) and E (skin).
Avocados are in season at the moment. They have the good fats (a good source of monounsaturated fats) which have been known to help lower cholesterol, slowdown digestion to ease on your blood glucose (good for diabetes) and can also aid with heart disease. They contain vitamin E (hair, skin), potassium (fluid balance in the body and a steady heart beat), magnesium (sleep) and folate (brain function, healthy blood cells, good to boost up if low in iron).
Pineapple is a good source of bromelain this is the enzyme in pineapples, this book suggests that has some great anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a great source of the trace mineral manganese, which the body needs for enzymes to function well.
Radish is a high source of fibre and will help detoxify the liver.
My “eat well” fork could not have said it any better! Bought from House of Bec, check Bec’s etsy shop out here, perhaps stocking filler ideas!