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Category: Beef

Instant Pot Brisket with Potatoes

This recipe for Instant Pot brisket is comfort food at its best. No fancy ingredients or complicated instructions—just simple, perfectly cooked meat and potatoes. Potatoes are optional, though always delicious with brisket. In this recipe, the potatoes are pressure cooked then cooled in the refrigerator while the brisket cooks. Cooking potatoes in the Instant Pot takes less than 20 minutes and the texture is really nice. They don’t turn mushy or watery, like boiled potatoes sometimes do.

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Sweet Potato Chili

This thick and hearty chili is slightly smoky and sweet, with a spice level that can be tailored to your taste. Borrowing a genius trick from our sweet potato pasta sauce recipe, thin strips of sweet potato are peeled into the chili. This is an easy way to add sweet potato to all sorts of dishes, as thin strips of sweet potato cook quickly and easily blend in with other ingredients.

With a simple list of ingredients and short simmering time, this chili is meant to be a convenient weeknight dinner. But do yourself a favor by cooking this recipe on the weekend, with plans to eat the chili for dinner later in the week. Chili is a meal that’s meant to be eaten as leftovers. It usually tastes better the second or third day, thickening up and becoming more flavorful.

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Instant Pot Garlic and Ginger Short Ribs with Sweet Potatoes

The combination of bone broth, coconut aminos, fish sauce and balsamic vinegar makes such an incredible braising sauce for meat, it’s easy to imagine using the sauce for more than just short ribs. Then again, these short ribs are so good and so easy to make, why bother changing up this recipe at all?

An Instant Pot comes to the rescue again, making the meat fall-off-the-bone tender in 35 minutes flat. The braising sauce, plus garlic and ginger, impart rich umami flavor. Savory, sweet, salty and funky flavors are all there in perfect balance. These Instant Pot short ribs really are irresistible.

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Taco Salad with Edible Cheddar Bowls

Taco salad made from seared steak, avocado, tomato, shredded lettuce, and creamy chipotle dressing is delicious without any embellishment. But if you happen to have cheddar cheese in the refrigerator and a few extra minutes to grate it and bake it, then why not make an edible cheddar bowl?

Cheddar bowls are crispy and salty and fun to eat. They can be big or small, for main course salads or appetizers. Best of all, these bowls are made from just one ingredient: cheese. If you tolerate dairy, then cheese bowls (or chips) are a tasty occasional snack.

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Grilled Beef Satay

Satay is often served as an appetizer, but it makes a fantastic main course when served with a rich, creamy satay sauce and crisp raw veggies on the side.

In this Primal version of beef satay, sugar is skipped entirely in both the marinade and the satay sauce. It isn’t missed, with coconut milk and macadamia nuts adding plenty of natural sweetness. The meat gets its intense flavor from soaking just 1 hour in a richly seasoned marinade that is sweet, salty and deliciously pungent. The mellow macadamia satay sauce served on the side balances the bold flavors of the meat, although giving the sauce a good, spicy kick is essential—without it, the sauce isn’t nearly as good.

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Steak and Avocado Salad with Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo Dressing

Set a platter of this steak and avocado salad on the table and watch it disappear. Whether it’s a family dinner, a dinner party, a potluck, or a weekend BBQ, this is a go-to summer recipe that will make everyone happy.

Primal and keto-friendly, this salad features grilled steak tossed with greens, avocado, scallions and cucumber, plus a sprinkle of crunchy pepitas. The creamy chipotle dressing couldn’t be easier to make; just whisk Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayonnaise with fresh lime juice.

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