I love Chinese food.
I love cooking.
But as a white girl, living in the Midwest, my ability to make good Chinese food at home is about the same as finding the Pacific Ocean in my backyard. #notverylikely
And while I could pick up the phone and order takeout, there is something completely satisfying about knowing what ingredients are in your meal AND cooking it yourself.
After a little bit of work and a whole lot of trial and ERRORS, I’ve found the slow cooker to be my preferred small kitchen appliance to use when making Chinese food.
(And for the record, I’ve tried a WOK. Several times and all I end up with is greasy food and oil burns on my hands. In another life, I will master the WOK, but I’m pretty sure it ain’t going to be this one.)
This recipe is incredibly simple. It truly is dump a bunch of ingredients, add some meat and walk away for several hours. Plus, the little known secret of not-sogggy-broccoli is to add it at the very end (like while you are opening a bottle of wine to go with your meal) and you are making rice.
And finally, don’t let the word “spicy” worry you in the name of the recipe…you can easily dial the spice up or down by the amount of red pepper flakes you use…more spice, add more – less spice, take them out.
Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Broccoli Recipe
This Slow Cooker Spicy Beef and Broccoli Recipe is for all my “cooks” who love a good Chinese meal, but can’t cook one for the life of them. Dial up or down the spice by the amount of red pepper flakes you use…and don’t forget to add the broccoli at the end. Preferably, while you are pouring yourself a glass of wine.
Recipe Yields: 4 servings
12 ounces Beef Roast, sliced thinly (can also use packaged ‘stir fry’ meat in the meat department)
1 cup of Low Sodium Beef Broth
1 teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon of Honey or Agave
3 – 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
1/2 cup of Low Sodium Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons of Cornstarch
1/4 cup of Water
3 cups of Broccoli Florets
1. In the bowl of a slow cooker, whisk together broth, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, honey/agave, garlic, and soy sauce. Add beef; stir to coat and evenly distribute. Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
2. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water. Pour mixture into slow cooker; stir to combine. Add broccoli florets to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes, or until sauce has thickened and broccoli is cooked tender.
Recipe adapted from BS Recipes (http://www.bsrecipe.blogspot.com/2012/04/crock-pot-beef-and-
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