Crockpot Broccoli Beef

Make this healthy version of broccoli beef in your crockpot!  

When you’re craving an Asian flavored dish, but don’t want all the salt, sugar and MSG that usually accompany it, you’ll be happy you have this recipe. I took a broccoli beef recipe I had and transformed it with healthier ingredients to be low sodium, low sugar, gluten free, dairy free and soy free so that it fit into my diet. 

One key to making healthier meals is using high quality produce, meats and condiments. I use grass-fed organic beef to avoid pesticides, herbicides, hormones and antibiotics and get more nutrients like zinc and selenium from the meat. The produce is always organic and non-gmo which will contain more nutrients, antioxidants and none of the harmful toxins that burden the liver. I use a low sodium broth to reduce salt and coconut sugar in place of brown sugar which is lower glycemic. To make it soy free and to reduce the sodium, I use coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. You get all the same flavors with healthier ingredients. Cook the meat in your crockpot for an effortless meal prep. I especially like my slow cooker that has a timer on it. 

I recommend using organic wild rice or brown rice (omit if doing a Paleo diet) instead of traditional white rice. White rice is devoid of nutrients and raises blood sugar pretty quickly, while feeding bad bacteria and candida. Brown and wild rice are complex carbohydrates with fiber that provide a steady release of energy. I soak the rice in water overnight to help break down the phytates (natural plant protectant) and also helps make it easier to digest. Keep portion sizes of rice to about 1/3 – 1/2 cup and focus on more broccoli to fill up your plate. 

Crockpot Broccoli Beef

Easy to make, healthy version of this Asian flavored dish

If using rice, soak it overnight in water to help with digestion. Then rinse well before cooking. Steam the broccoli separately and add to dish to retain more nutrients and a bright green color.

  • Prep Time30 min
  • Ready in3.5 hours
  • Serving Size4 - 6

Ingredients

  • 1 or 1 1/2 lb organic grass fed beef loin steak, skirt steak or chuck roast
  • 1 cup Pacific brand low sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 organic yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup coconut aminos
  • 1/3 cup organic coconut sugar
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbl arrowroot powder
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 1 cup brown or wild rice, measured dry (omit for Paleo)
  • 2 bunches organic broccoli or 1 large bag frozen broccoli
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

1

Measure 1 cup brown or wild rice dry (omit if following Paleo diet) and place in a bowl with filtered water covering the rice. Refrigerate overnight or for 8 hours to make the grains easier to digest. When ready, drain and rinse the grains before cooking.

2

Cook rice according to package, usually 35-45 minutes depending on the rice used. Prepare your veggies while rice is cooking.

3

Rinse and chop all veggies. Dice the onion into small pieces and add to crockpot. Chop green onions and set aside. Mince the garlic and add to a bowl. Chop broccoli and add to a pot.

4

Cut the meat into small bite sized pieces or 1/2 inch strips. Add to the crockpot with the onions. 

5

In the bowl with the garlic, combine the ingredients for the sauce. Add 1 cup beef broth, 1/2 cup coconut aminos, 1/3 cup coconut sugar, minced garlic and 1 tbl arrowroot powder. Stir well and add to crockpot. 

6

Set the crockpot to cook on low for 3 to 3.5 hours. Prepare the broccoli while the crockpot is cooking.

7

Add water to the pot with your broccoli and boil or steam for 10-12 minutes. Optionally, you can use frozen broccoli and microwave it with a small amount of water to steam it in about 8 minutes. 

8

Set rice and broccoli aside until beef is ready. When crockpot is done, combine rice, beef mixture, broccoli and garnish with sesame seeds and chopped green onions.  Add salt/pepper if desired.

Store any leftovers in glass containers in the fridge. 

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Kristina Cegla, INHC

Certified Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach and Creator of Mindful Thyroid Health Coaching Program & Blog for Women with Hashimoto's and Other Thyroid Conditions

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