Friday, June 20, 2014

Crockpot Beef and Broccoli

This is an awesome crock pot meal for busy evenings. Having four very active children, I need to have a lot of these kinds of recipes.
This has a very flavorful sauce, and if you have picky eaters like I do, they can skip the broccoli! Thankfully I have a couple of kids who like eating their veggies!

Crock Pot Beef and Broccoli
1 1/2 lbs. beef chuck, sliced thinly
1/2 onion, cut in half

Sauce Ingredients
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 Tbsp. sesame oil
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 cloves of garlic, minced
Salt and Pepper to taste
2 1/2 Tbsp. corn starch
3 cups steamed broccoli, cut into bite sized pieces
Sesame seeds, garnish

Place beef and onion in crock pot. Combine sauce ingredients in small bowl and pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. Ladle out 1/4 cup of the broth and whisk together with the cornstarch. Return to crock pot and stir well. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly. Remove onion and stir in broccoli. Or have it on the side so your picky eaters don't waste it.  Serve over rice.

Recipe originally found on Cooking Classy.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Hummus and Greek Chicken- Perfect Light summer food!

This was the yummy plate that I made for myself a couple of days ago. It was the best plate of food. Fresh cucumbers, red pepper slices, warmed pita bread, Greek salad, tangy Greek chicken and freshly made hummus. Delicious!
I will share the recipe for the Hummus and also for the chicken. I have no source for the chicken, as I have been making it for years.  I found the Hummus recipe on The Cozy Apron. I did modify it to my personal tastes.
Zesty Hummus
2 cans chick peas, rinsed and drained
2 Lemons, zested and juiced
1 Tbsp. water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 -3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. oregano
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until it reaches a creamy consistency.

Greek Chicken
2/3 cup olive oil
3/4 cup lemon juice
1 tsp. dried oregano
3 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Combine all the ingredients in a large skillet, cover and cook over medium heat for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. You can remover the chicken and cover the pan and continue to cook the sauce until it reduces some if you like. Usually I skip that because I live with 5 males and they are anxiously standing over the stove asking if it ready or not!