Homemade Take-out Beef and Broccoli

I peeked in the fridge the other day and realized there were a couple of broccoli heads I had bought on sale–last week sometime. Sigh. I swear, I was going to make some yummy olive oil drizzled, garlicky baked broccoli or chop it up and dip it in hummus as a snack. (I seem to have the best ideas when I’m impulse-buying my way through Whole Foods, but not when I’m staring like a zombie into the fridge at night.)

Rather than suffer the guilt of throwing more uneaten produce in the trash, I decided I’d try a new recipe. This is a simple slow cooker recipe for homemade take-out that keep you from unknowingly eating additives like monosodium glutamate that restaurants will sneak in to make food taste good and keep you addicted. Yeah…I only have room for one addiction, and that’s coffee.

This Beef and Broccoli recipe is perfect for throwing in the slow cooker on weekday mornings, and coming home to a warm, home-cooked meal. *Be sure to check my tips at the end of the post for making this dinner ahead of time.

This Beef and Broccoli recipe is perfect for throwing in the slow cooker on weekday mornings, and coming home to a warm, home-cooked meal. *Be sure to check my tips at the end of the post for making this dinner ahead of time.

Serves 6
Ingredients

[For the slow cooker in the morning]

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast, sliced into strips
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (I use Organic Tamari for my son’s wheat allergy)
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar or Madhava Organic Coconut Palm Sugar*
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

[For mixing in when you get home]

  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 heads of broccoli (more or less, depending on your love of cruciferous vegetables)
  • 1/2 onion
  • 3 stalks green onion, chopped

[Don’t forget!]

  • Cooked rice
Directions
1. Slice your beef into thin strips. *Slice them straight into your slow cooker with your kitchen shears for easy cleanup!

1. Slice your beef into thin strips. *Slice them straight into your slow cooker with your kitchen shears for easy cleanup!

2. In a small bowl, combine beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and oil.

2. In a small bowl, combine beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and oil. The amounts are easy to remember because you use one of each measuring cup!

Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Smile, because dinner's cooking and it isn't even noon yet.

3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Smile, because dinner’s cooking and it isn’t even noon yet.

4. After you get home from work, stir 2 tbsp of the beef base with the cornstarch in a bowl. Add back in to the slow cooker and stir well.

4. After you get home from work, stir 2 tbsp of the beef base with the corn starch in a bowl. Add back in to the slow cooker and stir well.

5. Stir in the broccoli, onions, and green onions, leaving a few pinches aside for garnish later.

5. Stir in the broccoli, onions, and green onions, leaving a few pinches aside for garnish later.

6. Crank up the heat to high for 30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. This would be a good time to make your rice! When the sauce has thickened, it's time to eat. Serve over your cooked rice with more green onions as garnish.

6. Crank up the heat to high for 30 minutes to allow the sauce to thicken. This would be a good time to make your rice! When the sauce has thickened, it’s time to eat. Serve over your cooked rice with more green onions as garnish.

Tips
  • This recipe is super easy to make-ahead. You can chop up your broccoli and onions and have them ready to go when you get home.
  • Garlic, ginger, and green onions freeze well. Portion them into freezer bags and you can just toss them into various recipes whenever you need them.
  • For minimal effort, you can also throw the beef into a bag with the sauce and freeze it until the morning you decide to pop it into the slow cooker.
  • Madhava Organic Coconut Palm Sugar tastes just like brown sugar, except it’s unrefined, so it’s full of its original vitamins and minerals. Because its glycemic index is half that of refined sugar, switching to coconut palm sugar could help lower your risk of developing diabetes. Sweet!
  • Get creative! Add in mushrooms, omit the onions, whatever strikes your fancy.
  • Use grass-fed beef and organic ingredients wherever possible.
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