Sun-Dried Tomato and Fennel Braised Short Ribs with Pepper and Carrot Puree – The Paleo Foodie

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the paleo foodie book coverI was super lucky to get an advance copy of The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: 120 Food Lover’s Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Delicious Meals from my friend Arsy Vartanian. This book is so much fun and very accessible to all levels of skill sets in the kitchen. The recipes are exotic yet not complicated – perfect for any foodie to fall in love with. The book comes out March 25th, but Arsy is running a promotion where she is offering a bonus “The Paleo Foodie Dinner Party” with any receipt of a pre-order. All you need to do is email your recipt to and you’ll get her special e-book with 2 appetizers, 2 sides, a starter salad, 2 entrees (1 fish dish for those pescaterians on your list) and a dessert.

So back to the cookbook. I love the photos, taken by Spoon, Fork, Bacon (shown below). I love how friendly Arsy’s writing is. She is a foodie, but not a pretentious one.   She includes tips on eating on a budget, keeping it local, and a “good-better-best” chart for sourcing meat.

There were tons of dishes I am excited to try in this book, like the Paleo Persian Kotlet (Cutlet), the Bangkok Meatballs, and her recipe for Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chicken Mole. I asked my husband to pick a couple that he wanted me to make this week. He was drooling all over the book, but finally chose the Sun-Dried Tomato and Fennel Braised Short Ribs and the Pepper and Carrot Puree.

The recipes came out perfectly and were amazing. The short ribs were tender and juicy, and just melted in my mouth with the sun-dried tomatoes. However, the show stopper was the Pepper and Carrot Puree. Where has this dish been all of my life? Seriously, my whole family couldn’t believe how delicious this was. I’m always so thrilled when I discover a new way to prepare vegetables. This is a side I am pulling into my normal rotation, and I feel that it would go well with roasted lamb, grilled salmon, and most other meat dishes I can think of. You must try it!

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Fennel Braised Short Ribs

Serves 4


2 1/2lbs beef short ribs

2 tsp coriander

2 tsp cumin

sea salt and pepper

2 TBS ghee

1 onion, sliced

1 medium fennel bulb, sliced

1/4 cup green garlic, chopped (or 4 cloves garlic, minced)

1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

1 cup dry red wine

3 cups beef broth

2 bay leaves

Cooking Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Ross ribs with coriander and cumin, and generously salt and pepper. Heat a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed, ovenproof pan on medium-high heat. Add the ghee to the pan. Once the ghee is hot, add the ribs and brown on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and set aside.

Add the onion to the pan and saute until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the fennel, green garlic, and sun-dried tomatoes and saute until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the wine and scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add the broth and bay leaves and the ribs to the pan. Cover and transfer the pan to the oven. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, basting and turning 1 or 2 times. Uncover and cook for an additional 45 minutes. Discard by leaves before serving.



Pepper and Carrot Puree

Serves 4


2 red bell peppers, halved and seeded

1 1/2 lbs carrots, peeled and chopped

2 TBS balsamic vinegar

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp sweet paprika

2 TBS cilantro


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place peppers on a baking sheet, cut-side down. Bake for 45 minutes or until peppers are blackened. Remove the skins. While the peppers are baking, place carrots in a large pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil until carrots are soft, about 30-40 minutes. Drain carrots. Using an immersion blender, puree the peppers, carrots, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, butter, paprika and cilantro.


These recipes are from The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: 120 Food Lover’s Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free and Delicious Meals 

What is your favorite paleo meal?

  • Samantha

    My favorite quick paleo lunch is chocolate almond milkshake – just fresh almond milk, cocao, coconut sugar and ice blended I also add 2 tablespoons of coconut butter. Delish…probably not balanced but it’s quick for on the run.

  • Fried eggs with brussels sprouts!

  • Karen D

    Can’t do Instagram because I don’t have (can’t afford) a cell phone, but it’s required to unlock the bonus entries 🙁 It’s not a matter of choice, like using twitter or pinterest… it’s economics. Just wanted to express that. Thanks!

  • egg salad with home made mayo….

  • Arsy

    Thank you for taking the time to try my recipes and review my book, Diana!

  • Amy Ayers

    I love having a quick lunch of canned tuna, salmon or sardines mixed with avocado and tomato, and then wrapped in lettuce.

  • itzia

    my favorite paleo lunch is egg muffins.

  • Kelsey Heathers

    Paleo Shepherd’s Pie. Such a scrumptious comfort food! I make it nearly every week! 🙂

  • Lori

    Any thing left over from the night before is my favorite lunch!

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