Saturday, September 5, 2009

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

Since starting work, I find myself relying on my crockpot to deliver an easy meal I don't have to spend a lot of time on when I get home. Walking in the door to the smell of food cooking's always welcoming! I've noticed my follow custodial friend Tina uses her crockpot often too. A crockpot's a working woman's mealtime lifesaver. Recently, Snow White over at Finding Joy in My Kitchen posted about meal planning and listed some of her families favorite meals. The crockpot beef and broccoli was on the list and I thought it looked wonderful. It turned out to be a very simple meal I enjoyed very much. Brad isn't a big fan of Chinese-ish food (with some exceptions) and those type recipes seem to be hit and miss with him. While me, Sophie and Chase really enjoyed this meal, I ended up having to make Brad (and Miss Picky Pants) a sandwich... he's such a dud sometimes!

CROCKPOT BEEF AND BROCCOLI
1 lb. beef stew meat
1/2 cup beef broth, low sodium
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 TBSP dried, minced onion
1 TBSP brown sugar
2 large garlic cloves, minced
8 oz. sliced mushrooms, canned or fresh (if desired)
1 (16oz) bag of frozen broccoli, thawed
2 TBSP water
1 TBSP cornstarch

Combine broth and soy sauce in a crockpot, add onion, brown sugar and garlic. Stir in beef cubes. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or on high for 4-6 hours). About an hour before serving, combine water and cornstarch and blend well. Stir cornstarch mixture into the crockpot. Add broccoli (and mushrooms) to the crockpot and cook on low for an additional 30-60 minutes until broccoli is crisp-tender, or done to your liking. Serve with rice or mashed potatoes.

14 comments:

Stephanie said...

Love trying new crockpot meals - not sure I've seen a Chinese one, though! This is great...I'm going to try it!! :-)

Coleen's Recipes said...

Knowing kids, I can understand Miss Picky Pants turning her nose up at this dish, I can NOT understand your hubbys!! This looks luscious!!

SnoWhite said...

oh - I'm so glad you liked it :) I bet it would be delicious over mashed potatoes!!

Dana said...

I really love cooking in the crockpot. Makes it so easy!

Rachel said...

This is DEFINITELY something I want to try!!! I don't know what I love more...that it's beef and broccoli or a crock pot recipe?!? :)

Katy ~ said...

This looks perfect! Love all the ingredients. I know we'll be enjoying this soon and often!

Sara said...

Oh this looks yummy and so EASY! Thanks for posting this. I'm bookmarking all your yummy recipes! I've gotta spice it up in the Kitchen! :)

Found you on SITS, btw! :)

teresa said...

this looks wonderful, a perfect sunday meal!

MaRiN said...

This looks like one I need to try! I have a couple different beef n broccoli recipes and they take a long time to make. I like the idea of the slow cooker doing all the work!

Willoughby said...

I love finding new crockpot recipes. This one looks amazingly good!

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Another one I'm added to the saved pile ;)

Spryte said...

Mmmmm.... the house must smell amazing when you get home!

Amy B. said...

Thanks for all these crockpot recipes. As a more than full time working mom, I depend on it to get my family fed!

InspiredDreamer said...

Hey there, I love that little suggester widget at the bottom of your posts because it just suggested this to me. I looove beef and broccoli and will have to try this now!

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