Thursday, October 23, 2014

Beef Teriyaki

I love making easy recipes like this teriyaki in the crock-pot.  I made this several times because there was never enough sauce! (for me at least)  So finally it was at a triple recipe of the sauce that I was finally happy; not that I minded eating this three times over the course of 6 weeks or so....

Beef Teriyaki
 {Beef Teriyaki}

Beef Teriyaki
 {I thickened the sauce then added the steamed vegetables}

Two years ago:  Spiced Cider

Beef Teriyaki
from Betty Crocker

Makes 4 servings

1 1/2 lb beef round steak, trimmed of fat, cut into thin bite-size strips
3/4 cup soy sauce
6 tablespoons packed brown sugar
3 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
3 clove garlic (local), minced
2-8 oz cans sliced water chestnuts, drained
3/4 cup beef broth plus 2 tablespoons
1 bag (1 lb) frozen broccoli, carrots & cauliflower, thawed
2 tablespoons cornstarch
Cooked rice or noodles
  1. Place meat in a crock-pot.
  2. Mix soy sauce, sugar, ginger, and garlic together until combined; pour over meat.
  3. Cover; cook on low heat setting about 6 hours. 
  4. About 30 minutes before serving, drain liquid and place in a saucepan; mix 2 tablespoons broth and cornstarch together.
  5. Add cornstarch to beef liquid and heat until thickened.
  6. Add thawed vegetables and water chestnuts to thickened liquid and cook until vegetables are tender.
  7. Add vegetable mixture to meat and stir to combine.
  8. Serve over rice or rice noodles.
If you like this, try recipes like Cashew Chicken or Coconut Lime Chicken, both easy and made in the crock-pot!

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sloppy Joes

The Hubby is pretty awesome when he indulges my crazy recipes.  So every once in a while, I make a recipe that I know he will love or at least one of his past favorites (it helps to balance everything!).  I'd been wanting to share my Sloppy Joe recipe for a while, but I don't make it very often.  Plus, I'd been seeing on Pinterest that it can be done in a crock-pot!  Like I really needed another excuse to make this recipe....

Sloppy Joes
 {Sloppy Joes}

Sloppy Joes
 {Top view, and yes, I served it with steamed broccoli although The Hubby wanted fries!}

One year ago:  Roasted Garlic and Chili Pasta with Shrimp

Sloppy Joes

2 pounds ground beef (local)
1 large onion (local), chopped
2 cloves garlic (local), minced
1-8 oz can tomato sauce
2-6 oz can tomato paste
1/2 cup ketchup
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons soy sauce
12 hamburger buns
  1. Brown ground beef with onions and garlic cloves.
  2. Combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, ketchup, brown sugar, soy sauce, and browned meat into slow cooker, stirring to combine.
  3. Turn on low and cook 6-8 hours.
  4. Serve on hamburger buns. 
This recipe works very well on the stove too!  Brown the meat, then add remaining ingredients and allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes.

As a personal note--please don't buy those spice mixes from the store!  They are made to last for years (seriously, check the expiration date!), and they can be made just as easily with items you have at home!  If you need taco mix or fajita mix, make them from scratch too!

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