This Paleo and AIP Beef and Kale Casserole is hearty, healthy and delicious. It’s a great one pan meal that’s nutrient dense and comforting, and also Whole30 compliant.
Casseroles are some of my favorite comfort foods. This AIP Beef and Kale Casserole is no exception. It’s made using ground beef, kale, sweet potatoes, and topped with a creamy, nut and dairy-free cheese sauce that is completely AIP.
Gluten free casserole without dairy or nuts?
Yep! This gluten free casserole is completely nut-free and dairy free, egg-free, grain-free, AIP, paleo and Whole30 compliant. So, you can think of it as the ultimate allergen-friendly casserole!
Here are the main ingredients in this AIP Casserole:
- ground beef (can substitute ground pork or lamb)
- dried basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic powder
- kale – you can use any variety here
- nomato sauce or coconut aminos (use for Whole30)
- Full fat coconut milk (I like the Native Forest guar free brand)
- tapioca or arrowroot starch – this is used to thicken the nut-free, dairy-free cheese sauce
- apple cider vinegar – adds a nice tang and acidity to the “cheese” sauce
- turmeric (optional) – to give a yellow color to the AIP cheese sauce
How to make Dairy-free, AIP Cheese Sauce
It can be tricky to find dairy-free cheese sauces that are cashew-free or nut-free. Why? Because cashews provide a really nice fattiness and creaminess to dairy-free cheese sauces that mimic dairy. For folks who are sensitive to nuts, however, this won’t work. Many dairy-free cheese sauces also contain nutritional yeast, but not this one! This allergen-friendly cheese sauce is made without nuts or nutritional yeast. And, it’s so versatile and even browns when you use the broil function on your oven. It’s stretchy, delicious and fun!
So, here’s how you make it:
- Combine full coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, garlic powder, dried thyme, turmeric and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Next, in a small bowl, mix together tapioca starch and water to make a slurry. This helps thicken the sauce and is integral to the right texture
- Finally, once coconut milk mixture has reached a rolling boil, add in slurry and whisk continuously until mixture begins to thicken.
Can I make this casserole into a skillet dish?
Yep! Make your life even simpler and use an oven-safe skillet to make this dish. I like to use my cast-iron braiser or large skillet so that everything can go right into the oven! Talk about easy.
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?
You can use nomato sauce instead of coconut aminos and switch out this coconut-milk based dairy-free cheese for the sauce I use in my Cauliflower Gratin recipe. This option is a delicious dairy and coconut free creamy sauce!
Can I add a different starch into this?
Absolutely! For a change to the sweet potatoes in this AIP casserole, you can try using parsnips, celeriac, rutabaga or even yucca (parboiled). If you aren’t nightshade free, regular white potatoes would work well here as well!
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