This Beef and Kale Casserole is hearty, healthy and delicious. It’s a great one pan meal that’s nutrient dense and comforting, AIP, paleo and Whole30 compliant.
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Casseroles are some of my favorite comfort foods. This AIP Beef and Kale Casserole is no exception. It’s made using ground beef and kale and topped with a creamy cheese-like sauce.
Here are the main ingredients in this Beef and Kale Casserole:
- ground beef (can substitute ground pork or lamb)
- dried basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder
- nomato sauce or coconut aminos (use for Whole30)
- Full fat additive free coconut milk
- tapioca or arrowroot starch
- apple cider vinegar
- turmeric (optional)
Here’s how to make this AIP Beef and Kale Casserole:
- Begin by sautéing onions, garlic and celery in olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat.
- Once the onions have begun to turn translucent, add the ground beef along with the dried herbs and cook until meat begins to brown.
- Add coconut aminos or nomato sauce and stir to combine.
- Finally, add chopped kale in batches, stirring to incorporate and wilt slightly between each addition.
- To prepare the “cheese” sauce, combine coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, dried thyme, turmeric and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat. In a small bowl, mix together tapioca starch and water to make a slurry. Once coconut milk mixture has reached a rolling boil, add in slurry and whisk continuously until mixture begins to thicken.
- Place beef and kale mixture into a casserole dish and top with “cheese” sauce. Broil on high for 3-4 minutes, monitoring closely to ensure the top doesn’t burn.
Can I make this dish with another green?
Yes, substitute spinach, collard greens, rainbow chard or any other leafy green here for the kale.
Can I make this coconut free?
Unfortunately I haven’t found a substitute for the coconut milk in the “cheese” sauce but feel free to check out my Cauliflower Gratin for a delicious dairy and coconut free creamy sauce that you can swap for the “cheese” sauce here.
Can I add a starch into this?
Yes! This dish is great with sweet potatoes. If you’d like to add them in, I’d suggest 1.5 cups (finely diced). Add them into the pan just after the olive oil has heated and allow to cook 7-10 minutes. Remove from the pan to sauté beef and return with the kale.
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