Easy Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Paleo, Whole 30, AIP)

On those hectic weeknights when we find ourselves racing against the clock to get dinner on the table, we all yearn for the perfect weeknight dinner that can cater to our whole family’s needs. In the quest for a 30 minute meal that effortlessly comes together, we’re often left searching for that simple recipe, that easy way to put a delicious meal on the table. Enter the ground beef and broccoli dish – the ultimate quick weeknight meal that checks all the boxes.

This easy ground beef recipe not only serves as a quick weeknight dinner but also doubles as a fantastic way to ensure your entire family gets their daily dose of greens. Broccoli is not only packed with nutrients but also lends a delightful crunch and vibrant color to your plate. It’s the kind of meal that makes you wonder why you ever settled for complicated dinner plans when this easy dinner could be your favorite way to dine.

In a matter of minutes, you can whip up this mouthwatering broccoli and beef stir fry, making it an excellent go-to option when time is of the essence. This is one of those easy weeknight dinner options that barely even involves meal prep, because it is so easy.  I just make the stir fry sauce while the ground beef in browning, but you could certainly make the sauce on your meal prep day to make for an even easier weeknight meal.

It’s an easy beef meal made from a few basic ingredients that not only satisfies your palate but also aligns perfectly with your meal plans. Plus, with its speedy preparation, it’s a great way to ensure that you have leftovers for those moments when you need another quick and delicious meal without the hassle. So, let’s dive into this whole family favorite and discover how this broccoli stir fry recipe can transform your busy weeknights into delightful, stress-free dining experiences.

Easy Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Paleo, Whole 30, AIP)

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to make an Easy Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe that’s Paleo, Whole30, and AIP friendly:

Easy weeknight paleo ground beef and broccoli dinner

Easy Ground Beef and Broccoli Recipe (Paleo, Whole 30, AIP)

Sarah Erickson
Paleo friendly ground beef and broccoli 30 minute meal.
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people


  • 2 tablespoons oil divided, avocado oil or coconut oil
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 pound of ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tsp ginger shredded
  • ½ cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon honey omit for Whole30
  • 1/3 cup broth chicken or beef, or sub 1/3 cup of water
  • 2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice or apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons arrowroot powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper plus more to taste
  • 2 green onions chopped


  • Prepare the Broccoli: Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil, then toss in the broccoli florets. Stir-fry the broccoli for about 3-4 minutes until it becomes tender-crisp. Remove the broccoli from the pan and set it aside.
  • Cook Ground Beef: In the same pan over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the ground beef to the pan and cook it, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or spatula as it browns. Cook until the beef is no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes. Next, add the minced garlic and shredded ginger and sauté for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Make the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the sauce ingredients: coconut aminos, broth (or water), honey, freshly squeezed lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar), arrowroot powder, salt and pepper. This will create a flavorful sauce. Note: Use a mini blender or immersion blender to ensure the arrowroot is fully combined without any lumps.
  • Combine Beef and Sauce: Pour the sauce mixture over the cooked ground beef and stir to combine. Allow it to simmer for 1-2 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
  • Add Broccoli: Return the cooked broccoli to the pan with the beef and sauce. Stir to combine everything evenly.
  • Season and Serve: Taste the ground beef mixture and season with salt and pepper as needed. Sprinkle the chopped green onions over the top for a fresh, oniony flavor.
  • Serve: Serve your Paleo, Whole30, and AIP-friendly Ground Beef and Broccoli over cauliflower rice or enjoy it on its own for a wholesome, satisfying meal. Enjoy!


Notes and Substitutions:
Sesame oil: can be used in lieu of avocado or coconut oil, although this will no longer be paleo, AIP or Whole 30.
Rice vinegar:  can be substituted for the lemon juice, but this will no longer be paleo, AIP or Whole 30.
Sesame seeds: You can sprinkle sesame seeds on top, although this will no longer be paleo, AIP or Whole30.
Broccoli: I like to buy a bag of the prewashed broccoli florets, but you can certainly cut up a head of broccoli.  Roasted bell peppers would also be a nice addition to this recipe.
Honey substitutions: You can substitute coconut sugar or maple syrup for the honey, or even brown sugar, if you aren’t focused on keeping this dish compliant to your protocol.
Red pepper flakes: For some added spice, you could sprinkle in a few red pepper flakes.
Ground chicken and ground turkey: In lieu of ground beef, this recipe can also be made with ground chicken or ground turkey.
Rice options: My husband and I like to keep this low carb by serving this dish with cauliflower rice to keep it paleo compliant, but I also serve it with brown rice, jasmine rice, or white rice for a more kid-friendly option.
Garlic and ginger: In lieu of fresh garlic and ginger, you may substitute 2 teaspoons garlic powder and 1 teaspoon ground ginger.
Leftovers: Store any leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Keyword broccoli, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, ground beef, stir fry

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