Holiday Cooking Slow Style with Beef & Barley

This time of year you find it hard to make time to cook dinner, and find yourself eating take out or eating pre-made dinners. This is where a slow cooker comes in handy.

Crockpot Beef and Barley

I was reading a recipe featured in the November issue of the Food Network Magazine for slow-cooker beef and bareley. I made a few tiny changes to it to fit our preferences and what I had available.

1 Beef Roast
1 bag of Pearl Barley
3 Celery Stalks (chopped)
1 bag of Baby Carrots
Beef Stock 46oz
and water

I seasoned it with Salt, ground pepper, thyme, and a hint of cayenne pepper. [Read more…]

Sesame Beef, Broccoli, and Rice Sticks

I went a little Asian inspired for this one by marinating beef tips in sesame oil (130 calories per 1 Tbsp serving so be very careful) Chili Garlic sauce (0 calories per 1 tsp serving but does have some heat but lots of flavor so also be careful) 1 tsp of ground ginger and a generous portion of sesame seeds in a large bowl.

Beef, Brocolli, and Rice Sticks

Heat a large non stick skillet and pour the beef tips and marinade in to the pan. Stir the beef and add a little rice vinegar to keep the beef from burning and build up the sauce a little. When the beef has browned up on the outside remove it from heat and serve with presoaked Maifun Rice Sticks, rice or rice noodles and steamed broccoli.

Beef, Brocolli, and Rice Sticks

Enjoy your time in the kitchen,
Brian

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