I am big on meal prepping on Sundays because I know my week can get busy and usually doesn’t leave a lot of time or energy for cooking.  However, there are a few times when I do need to cook during the week.  This tasty beef broccoli recipe is great because it can be pulled together quickly for a fast and easy weeknight meal. To avoid mushy vegetables, don’t add them until 15 to 20 minutes before this dish is done cooking.

The frozen broccoli doesn’t need to be defrosted prior to cooking, so feel free to add them directly from the bag into your slow cooker. If you’re like me and prefer fresh broccoli, the same rules apply; don’t add it until 15-20 minutes before the dish is done. Actual cooking times will vary by individual unit, so be sure to watch closely the first time you prepare this recipe to achieve desired results.Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 1½ lbs. beef stew meat, cut into chunks 1½ c. beef stock
  2. 3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced
  3. ½ c. gluten-free soy sauce
  4. 1 T. honey
  5. 2 T. toasted sesame oil
  6. Salt and black pepper, to taste
  7. 2 T. arrowroot
  8. 1 14-oz. bag frozen broccoli florets OR
  9. 1 large fresh broccoli head chopped into florets
  10. 1 red bell pepper, cut in short, thin strips
  11. 3 c. brown rice, cooked
  12. 1 T. toasted sesame seeds (optional
Instructions
  1. Add beef stew chunks to 5 or 6-quart slow cooker crock.
  2. In a medium glass or other non-reactive bowl, whisk beef stock, garlic, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil to combine. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Pour mixture on top of beef. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
  3. To create a thicker sauce, create a slurry by combing 2 tablespoons of arrowroot with ¼ cup of liquid from the slow cooker. Set aside.
  4. 15-20 minutes before done cooking, remove lid and stir in the arrowroot slurry, then the frozen broccoli and red bell pepper. Cover and finish cooking.
  5. Serve immediately with cooked brown rice and a drizzle of sauce from the slow cooker. Garnish with some toasted sesame seeds before serving, if desired.
Notes
  1. Adding the vegetables 15-20 minutes before done cooking will yield crisp-tender results. Cook longer for softer veggies.
La Vida Dulce by Yaya http://lavida-dulce.com/
What’s your plan during the week? Do you cook or do takeout?

Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

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