My carb junkie dreams are still filled with visions of some of my favorite type of food, which just happens to be Cuban food. I live in Florida, so it is all around me, tempting and tormenting me.
One of our family favorites and a long-time dinner go-to meal, has always been Ropa Vieja. Small disclaimer, I am not Cuban, so I don’t pretend that on the best day, mine came anywhere near the yumminess of a the kids’ Abuela’s. But, despite that fact, it remained a family favorite.
But, how to keto’ize this dish is a challenge, because for me, one of the very best parts is the black beans and white rice! Now, I could just cheat every now and again and have the real deal, (not saying this will never happen) or I could do my best to replicate a similar flavor profile using items that wouldn’t blow me out of ketosis. I believe that this recipe is a decent success. It wasn’t spot on, but very enjoyable none-the-less.
I hope you enjoy it, and if anyone out there has a better recipe for this family favorite that has been keto’ized, please do share! (Now if I can just figure out how to replicate yucca! *sigh. Would also love suggestions on that score!).
In the dish I made, I used boneless pork, and decided to use the Miracle® rice as it is lower carb than cauliflower rice. I will link to where I got the rice below:
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2 packages Miracle® Rice (may use cauliflower rice if you prefer)
2 Tbsp butter
In slow cooker or Insta Pot add meat, peppers, onion, garlic and meat spices. Cook until meat shreds easily with a fork.
In a skillet add olives, butter, 1/2 cup of the meat broth, garlic, lemon juice, and cumin. Sauté until sauce reduces and thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In a separate skillet empty meat mixture into skillet from the Insta Pot and caramelize. Add salt and pepper to taste
Meanwhile, rinse Miracle® rice according to directions, and add to a skillet or saucepan using 2 Tbsp of broth from the meat and 2 Tbsp of butter. You can do the same with cauliflower rice if you are using that instead.