Saturday, June 22, 2013

Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli

There's a little Japanese Restaurant nearby that I like to go to.  One of my favorite dishes that they serve is Beef & Broccoli.  Sometimes I just have a craving for it.  This dish that I love costs $9.95.


When I saw THIS recipe on Pinterest I thought I would give it a try.  I did make a couple of minor changes by adding crushed red pepper and sliced onions.  I like my food with a little kick and my hubby loves onions.

Ingredients:
- 1-2 lbs of Boneless Beef Chuck Roast
- 1/3 cup of Brown Sugar
- 1 cup of Beef Broth
- 1/2 cup of Soy Sauce
- 1 TBS of Sesame Seed Oil
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- Broccoli Florets
- 2 TBS of Cornstarch
- cooked rice

Directions:

- Cut the roast meat into thin strips.
(Or you could ask the meat cutter at the store to cut it for you.  Most stores do this for free.)

- Season the meat with salt and pepper.

- In a small bowl mix the beef broth, brown sugar, sesame seed oil, garlic and crushed red pepper if you like.


- Place the beef in a Crock Pot and cover it with the mixture.

- Cook on LOW for 6-8 hours
(I let mine cook for the whole 8 hours - it makes the meat super tender)


I LOVE my Crock Pot.  I got it on clearance for only $15!


- Mix the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with a couple tablespoons of the cooked sauce and add it back to the Crock Pot.

- Add in the broccoli (and onions if you like)

- Cook on HIGH for another 30-40 minutes - this makes the sauce thicken

- Serve over cooked rice.


I was really impressed and it tasted JUST like my favorite dish!

Now, how much money does this homemade version save me?
Let's do the math.

Boneless Beef Chuck Roast - $7.47
Beef Broth - $1.89 for the container and I used about 1/4 of it = $.47
Soy Sauce - Paid $.23 and used 1/2 of the bottle = $.12
Garlic - paid $1 for the bottle of minced garlic and used about 1/5 of it = $.20
Brown Sugar - paid $.50 for a 1 lb box and used less than 1/5 of it = $.10
Onion - paid $.56 for one and I used only half of it = $.28
Crushed Red Pepper - Paid $1 for the bottle and used maybe 1/10 of it = $.10
Broccoli - paid $.96 for one crown
Corn Starch - it was free after coupons = $0.00
Rice - it was free after coupons = $0.00

Grand Total:  $9.70
Our whole family of 5 ate this and still had leftovers for two lunches the next day - 7 servings.

Making this $1.39 a serving
versus the $9.95 a serving at the restaurant.

That sure beats what I would pay eating out!


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