Ground Beef with Cauliflower, Turnips, and Olives

turnipNo one can make perfect food choices 100% of the time, but if you were only willing or able to make one change, I’d highly recommend swapping out factory farmed beef for 100% grass fed, organic beef.  Organic beef is not grass fed unless specifically noted, and is a distant second choice. Organic, factory farmed cows are still fed grains and soy, which they were never meant to eat.

Of course, high quality meat is expensive.  That’s why it’s best to get creative with cuts that cost less. Take grass fed ground beef, for example. You can prepare it in so many different ways, and it doesn’t take a long time to cook.  I often saute it with onions and put it over vegetables.  It’s delicious and nutrient packed, yet inexpensive.

Here’s a Paleo recipe I put together within minutes a couple of days ago. I happen to really like cauliflower, turnips, and green olives, but if you don’t, feel free to sub in any other veggies you wish. Keep in mind that cauliflower is a great substitute for rice, though, if you chop it up really small or process it in a food processor. More on turnips below.

Here it is:

Ground Beef with Cauliflower, Turnips and Olives

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 1 to 2 servings

Gluten/Grain/Dairy Free Ground Beef Bowl from


  • 1 small head of cauliflower, florets chopped up
  • 1 turnip, about the size of 2 fists, peeled and diced
  • 10 green olives, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, chopped
  • 2 T virgin coconut oil
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lb grass fed ground beef
  • 1/8 tsp Celtic Sea Salt (to taste)
  • 1 T Tamari soy sauce or Coconut Aminos (use the latter for SCD/GAPS/Paleo)


  1. Steam the cauliflower and turnips until a fork goes through them (about 10 minutes),
  2. Melt coconut oil in small frying pan, and saute ground beef. When cooked through, add half of onions and saute for another minute.
  3. Add Coconut Aminos or Tamari, if you wish.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Add Celtic Sea Salt and olive oil. Stir together. Place olives and remaining onions on top. Enjoy!

Food for thought:

Please note that if you are following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, there is controversy as to whether or not turnips are allowed or not. Being that they are listed as allowable in my 2007 copy of Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet, I am keeping them in this recipe. However, feel free to replace them with squash if you would rather take a more conservative approach.

I love root vegetables. Do you? Turnips are not one of the more popular ones, even though they have a mild and pleasant flavor. I associate them with Thanksgiving because my grandmother used to make them part of the traditional meal. She passed away many years ago, but I still like to make them for the holiday.

They’re in season now, as most root vegetables are as fall approaches. Our local, organic farm has had hot pink skinned ones for the past month or so. They are such a beautiful color, and so fresh. The skin is soft, unlike the kind I used to remember cutting through!

I wish I had remembered to take a photo of the turnips before I made them! If I get more this weekend, I will add a pic to this post next week. They remind me of red onions and/or radishes. White on the inside, but deep pink/purple in the outside. Not all turnips (or veggies in general) are so pretty.

October update:  here are some photos of the beautiful turnips!



Enjoy them steamed or mashed. They’re a great alternative to white potatoes, and are  SCD/GAPS and Paleo friendly.

Like I stated above, though, feel free to replace my choices with your own favorites! It’s great to mix it up and try new things. You get more minerals and nutrients the more varied the diet you eat.

Have a great week, everyone! The weather’s been gorgeous here in New York. I hope it is where you are as well.

Please note that this post has been shared with the Natural Living Mondays,  Gluten Free Tuesdays,  Allergy Free WednesdaysParty Wave WednesdayReal Food WednesdayWellness Wednesday, and Gluten Free Wednesdays blog carnivals.

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