Easy, Low Carb Beef and Broccoli With or Without Merlot


On the blog today is some exciting news for my alter-ego, Lis’Anne Harris, and a recipe for easy, Low Carb Beef and Broccoli With or Without Merlot.  I say with or without because some people don’t drink  wine or use it in their cooking. This recipe can be just as rich and tasty  using a splash of red wine vinegar.  Moreover, you can even achieve a flavorful gravy with only some good bouillon and seasonings. 😊Beef & Broccoli With or Without Merlot | Culinary Craftiness

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Now, on with the culinary show…

A lot of people today are on quests to get healthy, me included. I haven’t kept my strange afflictions a secret, but I’d rather not harp on them. I just want to find a magic elixir to cure my ills.

The foods we eat play a major role in keeping us healthy and fit or diseased and miserable. Food should be our first go-to when searching for cures for our health problems.

What if I’m allergic to BHA and BHT, a preservative found in a lot of foods? You might not be, but I might. Just like some people are allergic to peanuts or penicillin or shellfish or cat hair.Low Carb Beef and Broccoli With or Without Merlot | Culinary Craftiness

So, the best way to find out is to start eating as close to natural, organic, chemical-free as I can get. I’m not saying I’ll never serve my family all their old favorites, but several times a month sure beats seven days a week of foods that could quite possibly be slowly killing us.

A lot of doctors are jumping on the low carb and keto bandwagon. This recipe fits the bill for both if you leave out the wine and cornstarch. However, occasionally indulging might go a long way in keeping one from feeling deprived. 😃

Low Carb Beef & Broccoli With or Without Merlot

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes

Total Time: 4 hours, 25 minutes

Low Carb Beef & Broccoli With or Without Merlot

Recipe by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness


  • 1.1/2 - 2lbs grass-fed antibiotic-free frozen beef roast
  • 4 cups organic frozen or fresh broccoli florets
  • 2 Knorr beef bouillon cubes (I haven't found a preservative-free equivalent)
  • 2 tsp fresh organic minced garlic
  • 1 cup water or 1 3/4 if not using wine
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3/4 cup Merlot (or any good red wine), optional
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 1/2 cup water, optional
  • Riced cauliflower for serving, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place frozen roast in a Dutch oven. Rub a little olive or avocado oil all over the roast. Liberally salt and pepper all over. 
  2. Add the crumbled bouillon, garlic, water, and wine (optional) and a little more salt and pepper to the water around the roast.
  3. Cover and place in the oven for 3-4 hours.
  4. Remove meat from Dutch oven and place on a plate. Let cool enough to handle.
  5. Put broccoli in the remaining liquid in the Dutch oven (if there is less than 1/2 cup, add a cup of water). Cover and place on medium to medium-high heat. Cook until fork-tender, about 10-15 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile, thinly slice roast across the grain.
  7. Move broccoli aside in the pot and stir in the cornstarch slurry for a gravy. Stir over medium heat until thickened. Or leave it out to lower the carbs. The broth is delicious as is. 
  8. Return the meat to the broccoli and stir to combine.
  9. Serve over noodles or for lower carbs, lightly roasted and seasoned riced cauliflower.

Low Carb Beef & Broccoli With or Without Merlot

Update: You can now buy cauliflower rice in the frozen vegetable section at most major supermarkets!

Low Carb Beef & Broccoli With or Without Merlot | Culinary Craftiness

The above picture is Jimmie’s plate. He can eat all the carbs he wants. I was there when his doctor said so! LOL

In conclusion, taking a traditional recipe such a Beef Merlot and changing it to fit your nutritional macros is easier than you think. Find lower carb substitutes with a similar flavor profile. It can be done!

Happy eating!

Low Carb Beef & Broccoli With or Without Merlot | Culinary Craftiness


About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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