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Healthy Beef Lo Mien

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This dish was soooo good, I only got a taste of it when it came out of the crock pot, because my daughter claimed the rest of it!  It always makes a mamma happy when your kids love what you make.

This was made in the crock pot, but it’s not exactly a dump and walk way recipe.  You start out with the steak in the crock pot with the sauceweekend adventures 2262017 047

The sauce was soooo good, some garlic, soy & oyster sauce, with ginger, brown sugar and a little Sriracha sauce.

Then once that had cooked for a couple of hours I dumped a bag of frozen Chinese veggies on top, then the last half hour I took the steak out, sliced it and diced it (and this is why you can use a cheap piece of meat, slow cooked + dicing it small, it won’t be tough)  put it back in the crock pot and stirred in some cooked noodles, and it came out amazing!

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Healthy Slow Cooker Lo Mein

1 lb. round steak

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/3 cup soy sauce, low sodium

1 TBSP. brown sugar

1 TBSP . oyster sauce

1 TBSP. grated ginger

1 tsp. Sriracha sauce

1 16 oz. bag of frozen Chinese veggies

6 oz. cooked whole wheat angel hair pasta

salt & pepper

Place steak in the bottom of crock pot and in a small bowl combine garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar, oyster sauce, ginger and Sriracha sauce.  Pour over steak and cook on high for 2 hours, then add frozen veggies on top of the steak, cook for 1 1/2 hours, then remove steak and cut in small pieces(cheap steak works great for this because it’s cut up small so it being tender isn’t a problem) and stir steak and cooked pasta in the sauce and veggies.  Save a little pasta water in case it’s dry, but I didn’t have that problem.

This recipe was shared on The Country Cooks Weekend Potluck Party

Vegetable Beef Soup and a Money Saving Tip!

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This was a part of my weekend adventure in cooking. Soup! It was so good, we got 11 inches of snow where I live Saturday, so I cooked all day. It was fun to stay home and just cook and hang out, because we couldn’t go anywhere.  The snow kinda happen perfect, we went out Friday night and stayed home the rest of the weekend.  We had plenty of food and a warm house and 2 fun girls to take outside and play with!

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They had a little soup too and thought it was quite tasty! Here’s the money-saving tip I’m going to give you about stew or soup meat.  If you go to the store and see a cheap steak or a steak that’s been marked down because the need to sell it, buy it, and freeze it and when you want to make soup, pull it out and cut it into small chunks and you’ll save yourself a ton of money.  Whenever I price stew meat, I nearly have a heart attack at the price.  And  that’s what the butcher does, is he takes a cheap piece of meat, cuts it into pieces and marks it up!.  Please do not worry too much about how you cut it up, it’s going to cook for a long time, either in a slow cooker or on the stove, so it will be tender and you’ll save big time for about 5 minutes worth of work.

Steak actually cuts easier if it’s slightly frozen, so if you’re just taking it out of the freezer, slice it into chunks before it completely thaws.

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I got a pound of little round steaks marked down a couple of months ago for around $3.00 and Saturday morning, I took them out of the freezer, let them thaw a little on the counter, and while they were still slightly frozen I cut them up into chunks.

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I put a little olive oil, the steak, some celery and onion and browned everything in the bottom of a dutch oven.

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Add some beef broth, vegetable-beef-soup-12

a bag of frozen veggies

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a can of tomatoes, a can of water and a couple of potatoes cut into chunks.  It’s important that when you start with the beef, you salt and pepper, and when you add the veggies, broth, tomatoes and potatoes you add salt  and pepper again.  Everything you’re adding, except the broth is bland, with no seasoning, so seasoning as you go along helps flavor everything.

I brought it up to a boil(wished I had used a bigger pot….hindsight!) turned it down to simmer, and let it hang out on the stove for a couple of hours.  If you were using a slow cooker, you could brown you meat and then dump everything in the crock pot, or you could just dump everything without brown the meat, if you do this, omit the olive oil.

This is a great meal for a cold and snowy day.  Just add biscuits, sandwiches or a salad for a great dinner.

Another great thing to do on a cold and snowy day

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Potpourri, just combine cinnamon sticks, an orange and some cloves in a pot of small slow cooker with water and your house will smell amazing!

Vegetable Beef Soup

2 TBSP. olive oil

1 lb. of steak, cut into chunks

2 stalks of celery, diced

1 small onion, diced

2 cups beef broth

1 14.5 can of dice tomatoes

1 16 oz. bag of mixed vegetables

3 medium potatoes, diced

1 can of water(use the tomato can)

salt & pepper

1 tsp. garlic powder

In a large pot or dutch oven, heat olive oil, add steak, celery and onions, salt and pepper. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until brown, then add broth, tomatoes, vegetables, potatoes, water, salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Bring it to a boil, and turn to low and let it just simmer for 2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, as taste before serving to see if you need to add more salt or pepper.  In a slow cooker, you can still brown your meat in a skillet and then dump everything in the slow cooker or just dump everything in the slow cooker and cook for 6 hours on low or 4 hours on high. And always taste to see if it needs seasoning.

Roast Beef with Veggies

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This dinner was so delicious, the beef fell apart and the carrots and potatoes were amazing!  It’s super simple to do and it’s made in the crock pot, so it’s done when you walk in the door!

Roast Beef with veggies

Roast Beef with veggies

Start with some onion slices in the bottom of the crock pot

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put your beef in the crock pot and top with some more onion slices

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make some gravy and pour over top the beef, set your crock pot for 8 hours, after 4 hours have gone by add some potatoes and carrot to the crock pot. Not cooking the potatoes and carrot the whole time, it keeps them from over cooking and lets them retain some texture. After 8 hours, pull everything out and if you want to thicken up the gravy some more, put the liquid from the crock pot in a small pan and shake together some flour and water, when the liquid boils and your flour mixture, and stir in.

Roast beef with Veggies

1 3 to 4 lbs. roast(it doesn’t matter what kind it is, it will be tender after all the time in the crock pot)

1 medium onion, sliced

1/4 cup of butter

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cups beef broth

3 or 4 carrots, peeled, and cut into 1/2 inch pieces

5 or 6 potatoes, cut in 1/2 inch pieces

salt & pepper

In a sauce pan, melt butter, stir flour into melted butter and cook for 1 minute, then add broth, stirring the whole time to keep it from becoming lumpy.  In the bottom of the crock pot, place some onion slices, put the roast in and top with the rest of the onions. Pour gravy over and set it on low for 8 hours.  Salt and pepper. After 4 hours, add potatoes and carrots the crock pot. Cook for additional 4 hours.  When it’s done cooking remove potatoes, carrots and beef from crock pot.  If the gravy is thinner than you would like, add it to a sauce pan, and mix together equal parts water and flour, bring the liquid to a boil and add the flour mixture slowly, stirring the whole time. bring it back to a boil and it should be thickened.

The onions will just flavor the roast, you don’t really eat them to much and adding the potatoes and carrots later on lets them retain some texture and they don’t get too done.