This time of year I crave savory braised meat. Instead of starches like pasta, my comfort food has become succulent, slow cooked meat. Pot roast is a basic, go-to meal which may be cooked ahead and reheated, or frozen for a future meal. This makes it a very important part of the diet of anyone on a starch restricted diet like GAPS, SCD or Paleo. It’s so easy to make this compliant and very very tasty! I’ll show you how!
The cut of beef call Tri Tip has a slightly flavor than the usual cut like chuck or rump. It is also a thinner cut and so will cook faster. This makes it very easy to plan as it cooks well in only 50 minutes. You could cook it longer, but I found it unnecessary and I think it is more tender when cooked under one hour.
The addition of Daikon, scallion and ginger as well as the roasted sesame oil and coconut aminos (which take the place of soy sauce) gives it that Asian flavor.
Daikon is Healthy
While it looks pale and simple, daikon packs a good nutrition punch. It is high in vitamin C — a powerful anti-oxidant, folate, and B6 and has lots of minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium. There are plenty of trace minerals such as selenium and manganese as well.
Radish, like other cruciferous vegetables in the Brassica family, contains sulforaphane, an anti-oxidant compound. Studies suggest that sulforaphane protects against prostate, breast, colon and ovarian cancers by virtue of its ability to inhibit cancer cell growth as well as the cytotoxic effect it has on cancer cells.
Radishes also contain many phytochemicals like indoles which are detoxifying agents and zea-xanthin, lutein and beta carotene, which are flavonoid antioxidants that protect against free radical damage.
In Asia, radishes of all kinds are eaten on a daily basis and considered very nutritious. They can grow in all seasons and they come in many sizes, colors and shapes. Daikon is grown in the winter, thus the white color. I love the flavor daikon imparts and I try to incorporate it in many dishes. It has become a standard item on my weekly shopping list.
Instructions for a Thicker Gravy
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes