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  • Chinese Short Ribs: Is this Recipe Primal?

    I believe my recipe is primal but just wanted to double check and get these in the slow cooker. I am subbing olive oil for canola.

    Chinese Braised Short Ribs

    Ingredients
    1 large onion
    4 pounds beef short ribs
    Lemon pepper, to taste
    Garlic salt, to taste
    2 tablespoons canola oil
    2 cups low-sodium beef broth
    1 packet beefy onion soup mix
    2 (14.5-ounce) cans tomatoes with green pepper, celery and onion
    2 tablespoons five-spice powder

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Just check the ingredients of the broth, soup mix, and spice powder and make sure there are no ickies in it.

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    • #3
      Depending on how primal you are/want to be, you could invoke the 80/20 rule for less desirable ingredients in your spices & condiments. As Mark says, it's about being good, not perfect.

      Do your best, but don't sweat the small stuff, unless you're truly intolerant of certain ingredients.
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      • #4
        @ auh20girl Hmm ingredients in the onion soup mix: Onions (deyhydrated), salt, cornstarch, onion powder, sugar, corn syrup, hydrolyzed soy protein, caramel color, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, yeast extract, natural flavors, disodium inosinate, disodium guanylate.

        I wonder what I can sub for this?

        @belinda -- Thank you for your words of wisdom. Working on not sweating the small stuff and becoming less anal lol

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        • #5
          Could you just use dehydrated onions and onion powder for the soup mix? I agree that there is no need to be perfect. However the MSG, soy, and corn syrup would be pretty unhealthy - even in small amounts, so I think it would be worth the effort to find a substitute. Also, can you use olive oil, beef tallow, butter, or bacon fat instead of canola in your recipe?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by jammies View Post
            Could you just use dehydrated onions and onion powder for the soup mix? I agree that there is no need to be perfect. However the MSG, soy, and corn syrup would be pretty unhealthy - even in small amounts, so I think it would be worth the effort to find a substitute. Also, can you use olive oil, beef tallow, butter, or bacon fat instead of canola in your recipe?
            Good idea jammies! Thanks. In my original post, I mentioned I would be subbing olive oil for canola.

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            • #7
              Here is a recipe from allrecipes.com for homemade onion soup mix without all the icky ingredients. I've found all sorts of great subs on that site - Ranch dressing dip, taco seasoning, etc. Way healthier than what you buy pre-packaged.

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              • #8
                Brilliant Jennf! Thank you!

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                • #9
                  Look closely at the beef bullion cubes you use in that recipe...a lot of those contain MSG as well.
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