It's so easy to make a crock pot beef and broccoli in your slow cooker. You don't even have to brown the meat first. Just dump it all in and cook.
I had thawed a couple sirloin steaks over for the weekend. The weather was too cold to grill them outside, so I was looking for other options.
I do like to use steak in a stir fry, but didn't want to be standing at the stove. So, I thought I'd try making a crock pot beef and broccoli. I got the idea from a recipe I saw at Betty Crocker.
The slow cooker is a fantastic tool that I don't use enough of. Since the amount of meat and vegetables was only enough for four people, I used my two quart crock which fit the dish perfectly.
To save space in my pantry, I have a 3-in-1 crock pot made by Hamilton Beach that has three different size crocks: 2 quart, 4 quart, and 6 quarts. I also have a regular oval crock pot and casserole crock pot. It's good to have a variety so you can pick the right size for the dish.
The crock pot beef and broccoli was ready in less than 3 hours with the slow cooker on low. And, the meat turned out very tender and juicy.
Even my picky husband enjoyed eating this dish. He doesn't like broccoli, but ate some of it any way. Now that he's older, I think he's been trying to eat healthier foods.
My father, and Asian cook, used to always serve dinners with meat, a vegetable and white rice. He used to make a delicious beef and broccoli dish. But, he thickened the sauce with cornstarch.
I do find it best to thicken up the sauce so I sprinkled in some xanthan gum. You can use guar gum, glucomannon, or even a little psyllium powder if you don't like using xanthan gum.
Since I no longer eat white rice, I made cooked up some easy cauliflower rice in the microwave. My youngest daughter loves the riced cauliflower. But, my husband refuses to try it.
I used frozen broccoli florets for convenience. Fresh broccoli can be used instead if you prefer that. I didn't want it to be overcooked, so I added it in for the last 30 minutes of cooking time.
My father always used to add in fresh ginger to his dishes. I didn't have any ginger root on hand, so I put in a small amount of minced ginger that comes in a jar.
This crock pot beef and broccoli is a comfort food that reminds me of the meals I had growing up. I'm sure my father would approve even though he has never cooked anything in a slow cooker.
I need to come up with more low carb Asian recipes. There's several Filipino cookbooks I have that from my trip to the Philippines. I just need to figure out how to adapt some of the dishes to low carb.
Ube has always been a favorite, but it's a high carb purple yam popular in the Philippines. Perhaps I could use purple cauliflower as a mock ube.
Do you have a favorite Asian dish you'd like to see made low carb? My husband loves General Tso Chicken so that's a dish I need to make a low carb version for.
Slow Cooker Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli Recipe
Slow Cooker Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli
- 1 pound steak sliced, I used grass-fed sirloin
- 1 cup beef stock or broth
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- ⅛ teaspoon ginger grated
- ⅓ cup gluten-free soy sauce or tamari or coconut aminos
- ¼ teaspoon SweetLeaf stevia drops or ½ teaspoon liquid monk fruit
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil or sesame oil for more traditional flavor
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes double for extra spice (leave out for AIP)
- 12 ounces frozen broccoli florets or fresh if desired
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum or glucomannon powder for AIP
- Add steak, beef stock, garlic, ginger, coconut aminos, stevia, oil, and red pepper flakes into a small crock pot ( I used a 2 quart). Cook on low for 2-3 hours until meat is cooked.
- Sprinkle in xanthan gum (or glucomannon) to thicken. Stir in broccoli florets and cook on low 30 minutes more.
Array ( [calories] => 321 [carbohydrates] => 9 [protein] => 29 [fat] => 20 [saturated_fat] => 8 [cholesterol] => 69 [sodium] => 1299 [potassium] => 737 [fiber] => 3 [sugar] => 2 [vitamin_a] => 584 [vitamin_c] => 77 [calcium] => 62 [iron] => 3 [serving_unit] => g )
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