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A Bowl of Beef Cubes for One

A hearty and delicious meal by itself - beef stew for the slow cooker.
a bowl of avocado, tomatoes and beef cubes in a sauce with a spoon

A Little About The Recipe: A Bowl of Beef Cubes for One

Bowl of Beef Cubes for One is my answer to the recent rise of vegetarianism and veganism, ‘the buddha bowl’.  The ‘buddha bowl’ is simply a bowl piled high with different veggies.  While the animal lover in me would like to be vegetarian, the person in me requires daily meat sustenance.  So, here, I made the carnivorous version!

Meals from a slow cooker are great if you are a shift worker trying to diet or just eat healthily. I know this from personal experience. Really, if you work shifts, buy a slow cooker because they are worth their weight in gold, literally.  You can prep everything up before work, turn the slow cooker on as you walk out the door. Then, when you get home, you are tired, you don’t want to cook, you don’t have much time to sleep before you have to get up for the next shift, you have this tasty, delicious and healthy hot meal ready and waiting. It’s the best thing ever.

I recommend for: A Bowl of Beef Cubes for One

Paleo, Paleo-ish, Whole30

While there is nothing else to go with this meal, I can recommend things for the rest of the day. Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs is a tasty breakfast you can also premake. In fact, you can make 2 or 3 days up at a time and have them waiting in the fridge. You could prepare another food item, ready and set for those rushed days, the Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks. Have them ready with a Paleo Tri-Colour Salad, and you can pick them both up at the last minute, pop them in a lunch pail and head off to work.  A whole, healthy day and you only have to cook once for the whole day!


This particular recipe was developed to be a meal in itself. It doesn’t need a side dish at all.  So, while 10.8g net carbs might seem a lot, it is for one entire meal.

The end grams and calories I worked out for the day looked like this:

For WomenFor Men
19.7g net carbs25.2g net carbs
94g protein126g protein
107g fat154g fat

So for this day, it was:

For breakfast:

For lunch:

For dinner:

On top of this, men get:

to add to whenever they need it in the day.

Atkins’ Diet Revolution

The total carbs for this are 20g.  But, as I stated in the keto recommendation, this is for an entire meal by itself. You won’t need to consume any more carbs for that dinner.  I think this makes it a good choice for use in Atkins’ lifestyles as well, obviously, however, not for the induction phase. Add in the Paleo Guacamole on Boiled Eggs for breakfast and the Zero Carb Simple Chicken Drumsticks for a low in total carbs yet high in protein day.

And Here It Is: A Bowl of Beef Cubes for One

a white bowl of avocado, tomatoes and beef in sauce with a spoon
A Bowl of Beef Cubes for One
A hearty and delicious meal by itself – beef stew for the slow cooker.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Atkins’, Keto, Paleo, Paleo-ish, Whole30
Servings 1 person
Calories 799 kcal


  • 200 g braising steak (about 1/2 lb) braising steak is called chuck or blade
  • 100 g cauliflower (about 1.5 packed cups)
  • 50 g broccoli (about 1 loosely packed cup)
  • 1 tbsp almond flour (go without this for whole30)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp lard
  • 250 ml beef stock (1 cup)
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 4 small cherry tomatoes


  • Turn the slow cooker on to low.

To Prepare the Steak

  • Cut the steak into small cubes or about 2-3cm or 1inch squares.
  • Mix the almond flour, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Add the beef to the flour mix. Make sure each cube is covered with the flour.
  • Melt the lard in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat (I use 7).
  • When the lard is shimmering add the beef cubes. Make sure they are spread out. Fry 30 secs, turn them over and fry another 30 secs on the other side.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool a little.
  • Add half the beef stock to the pan and use it to scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Pour everything from the pan into the slow cooker. Add the cauliflower and broccoli and mix together.
  • Cook on low a minimum of 6 hours. (Personally, I leave it for about 8 hours while I work.)

To Serve

  • Pour the contents of the slow cooker into a large bowl.
  • Slice the avocado and the tomatoes and add them into the bowl.
  • Serve.


Net Carbs: 10.8g


Serving: 705gSodium: 1848mgCalcium: 109mgVitamin C: 103mgVitamin A: 679IUSugar: 5gFiber: 9gPotassium: 2053mgCholesterol: 148mgCalories: 799kcalTrans Fat: 0gMonounsaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 52gSaturated Fat: 18gFat: 52gProtein: 65gCarbohydrates: 20gIron: 9mg
Keyword almond flour, avocado, beef, broccoli, cauliflower
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A Little About Us: Alex, Carl, Isla and Taran

So after my daughter’s mini-drama of last week, Isla has fully recovered. 

This week it was parent-teacher meetings, done online, of course. 

I have this thing about being on time.  I call it being respectful to others, being prepared, or a bit of an obsession, depending on my state of mind at the time.  But, I must turn up 15 minutes before anything, be it a meeting, work, appointment, or whatever; I must be there 15 minutes before.  I start to panic if I think I will be later, even if later is still on time.  Since coronavirus started, many meetings moved online, and I have discovered I am even worse.  I set everything up so far in advance just in case there is a technological issue.  Then, I run to check on the computer set up every few minutes because something might have gone in that short space of time which will need time to fix, and I don’t want to be late to the meeting trying to fix it.  This time was no different. I set up the computer almost as soon as I woke up in the morning. 

With the school closed due to parent-teacher meetings all day, both Isla and Taran were obviously at home with me.  I gathered both together and explained I had important discussions with their teachers.  When I told them they had to be quiet just for a few minutes, heads were nodded, and promises were given.

The first meeting was with Taran’s teacher.

“Miss ‘… teacher’s name here…’,” Taran shouts from across the room. 

With a big bright smile, he ran over to see his teacher.  He sat on my lap waving enthusiastically and occasionally shouting “Hello Miss … teacher’s name” at regular intervals for the rest of the meeting.  He had to shout because his teacher was in school and might not hear him if he didn’t yell.

The teacher informed me my son was very clever. He learns things very quickly, and he understands both Maltese and English very well.  My head swells with pride – my son, the clever one.  But then…

“He throws a lot of tantrums.”  

Zzzzzzzplat!  The sound of my inflated head deflating just as fast.  My husband and I had hoped Taran’s contrary nature was a bit less at the school, but no.  The teacher then explained something my husband and I know only too well about the littlest one.  To make Taran do anything, he must always be given a choice of doing it or a time out. So we were left with the teacher and I commiserating with each other and hoping he would grow out of it sooner rather than later.

Next, it was Isla’s teacher.  Isla hid behind a corner, listening in.  Taran wasn’t so interested in Isla’s teachers but kept coming over to interrupt regularly.  However, all reports were that Isla was doing well.  The constant crying over every little thing which had been such a problem at school last year was still there but far less of a problem this year.  My husband and I breathed a sigh of relief!  But, then, she was a little too independent and seemed to dislike asking for help.  My husband and I weren’t sure about how we felt about this.  We actually liked that she was trying to solve things by herself a school. On the other hand, she is far too inclined to take the easy way out at home and say she cannot do something before even trying.  Was it good, or was it bad?  We are still on the fence with that one.

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