After hosting my two younger sisters and 18-month-old niece for a long weekend, my heart is full and my refrigerator is empty. Whenever the three of us are together, the agenda gravitates towards our mutual top activity: eating and drinking. Although I loved showing them my favorite local restaurants and bars, we spent one of my favorite nights at home in our sweats eating the contents of my refrigerator, this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli included.
At least once a week, our dinner plan is a choose-your-own-adventure of blog recipe leftovers, and for one of their evenings in town, my sisters graciously agreed to participate. I made a quick cheese plate, poured glasses of wine, and progressed to pulling out every container in our refrigerator. It was multi-course tasting menu of upcoming blog recipes, and for each one, I eagerly sought my sisters’ approval. This healthy Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef received a double thumbs up!
I’ve been trying to better diversify the types of proteins in our diet, for health reasons and to keep dinner interesting. I rarely purchase red meat (it’s not my favorite, and I feel like it often gets a bad rap), but when our grocery store had a special on flank steak, I decided to give it a chance. It’s a lean cut and provides vitamins and minerals, such as iron and B12, and as I discovered while making this Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli, it is delicious when paired with Asian flavors.
Beef and broccoli might be a takeout classic, but it’s one of the easiest and most budget-friendly stir-fry dishes you can make at home. Broccoli is fairly inexpensive, particularly now that it’s in season, and because the beef is meant to be thinly sliced anyway, it’s ideal for stretching to multiple servings.
The sauce and crock pot cooking liquid is a mixture of oyster sauce (which you can find in the Asian section of your grocery store), soy sauce, garlic, and little bit of red pepper flakes to keep everyone awake. Many recipes also call for adding sugar, but because I wanted to make this a healthy slow cooker beef and broccoli recipe, I replaced it with a lesser amount of honey instead.
In total, this recipe takes about 2 hours in the slow cooker. You can prep all of the ingredients the night before, then simply toss them into your slow cooker and turn it on