Thursday, May 2, 2013

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

There are so many days when I'd love to just call for take-out but I know that I would feel so much better with a home cooked meal.  We rarely eat out or have take-out so when we do it is usually while on vacation and my kids think it is a treat.  But when we are home, we can have our favorite take-out items without the "extras".  I especially love when we can throw it in the crockpot and not worry about it til dinner time.  
Beef and Broccoli is a favorite around here.  Tender pieces of beef, broccoli that still has a bit of crunch, covered in a sweet and savory sauce, over a bed of  brown rice, it makes everyone happy! 

Beef and Broccoli 
serves 6
1 lb boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into thin strips (we've used inexpensive steaks too, and it works great!)
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp cornstarch
Fresh broccoli florets (as many as you'd like)
Hot cooked brown rice  
Slice the beef into thin slices.  Place it in the crockpot.
In a small bowl, whisk together the broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, oil, and garlic.   Pour over the beef, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

At the end of the cook time, stir the cornstarch into a bowl with 2 tbsp of the sauce from the crockpot.  Then pour the cornstarch/sauce mixture back into the crockpot.  Mix it all together until smooth.

Add the broccoli to the crockpot and stir it to combine.  

Turn the crockpot to high, cover and cook for 30 minutes.

Serve over hot cooked brown rice.

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