Humans can’t live on takeout alone. But who has the time or energy to cook? Whether you’re a chronically lazy chef or just need to get through a hectic work week, it’s helpful to have a few staple recipes for fuss-free dinners. And when you can make those meals in a slow cooker, it’s even better. You can have food on the table faster than delivery. These 10 crockpot recipes are tasty but so easy to prepare that even the laziest of cooks will be up to the task.
1. Slow Cooker Broccoli Beef
Ditch the greasy takeout in favor of this easy-to-make beef and broccoli dish from Creme de la Crumb. The broccoli is a great source of healthy fiber, while the beef provides protein. Serve this delicious slow-cooked meal over rice for dinner, then pack the leftovers in a Tupperware, and bring them to work for a lighter but still filling lunch.
- 1½ pounds flank steak, thinly sliced and chopped into 2-inch pieces
- 1 cup beef broth
- ⅔ cup low-sodium soy sauce
- ⅓ cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes (optional)
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 2 tablespoons corn starch, plus 4 tablespoons cold water
Directions: Coat the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add the steak, beef broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, garlic, and chili flakes to the crock. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 2 to 3 hours.
Whisk together the corn starch and water. Remove cover, add water and corn starch to the crock pot, and stir. Cover and let cook for another 20 to 25 minutes.
Just before you’re ready to serve, place the broccoli in a large, microwave-safe container with lid and fill with ½ an inch of water. Cover the container with the lid so that some steam can still escape. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Drain, stir broccoli into beef and sauce, then serve.