Crockpots are our friends. You can load them up and forget about the responsibilities of dinner. For working folks – dinner is done when you walk in the door.
This recipe has been around our house for a number of years and got a 4-thumbs up back in the day when we had boarders (a.k.a. kids).
- 1 pound of beef round or sirloin steak
- Olive oil - a drizzle
- ¼ cup Low Sodium Soy Sauce (we like Kikkoman)
- One large onion chopped, more or less (one cup-ish or so)
- 1 clove of garlic, chopped (I use a big heaping scoop of pre-chopped garlic)
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes (or 4 baseball size fresh tomatoes if you are lucky enough to have a garden)
- 3 large green peppers (or any color you prefer or have on hand) - cut in strips
- Cold water - about ½ cup
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- Brown Rice, cooked
- Cut the beef into small bite-sized pieces and remove any fat.
- Warm a drizzle of olive oil in a skillet and saute the beef strips until they are slightly browned.
- Place one can of the diced tomatoes in the crock pot
- Spoon in the beef pieces (draining any liquid away)
- Place the chopped onions on top of the beef.
- Pour the next can of diced tomatoes over the onions.
- Mix the soy, garlic, sugar, salt, ginger in a small bowl.
- Pour the soy mixture over the diced tomatoes.
- Place the pepper strips on top last.
- Turn the crockpot on low (for an all day workday) or high (for a faster week-end meal). Cook about 5-9 hours depending on whether you selected high or low heat and the individuality of your own crockpot.
- When the mixture has cooked it will be thin and needs thickening
- Place about ½ cup of cold water in a cup or dish.
- Spoon in a large tablespoon of corn starch into the cold water and stir to blend.
- Pour the blended corn starch mixture into the pepper steak mixture and stir well.
- Spoon the thickened pepper steak mixture over a serving of brown rice.
FREEZE ME: This freezes well in individual servings for a quick meal later.
HEALTHY – We use olive oil and brown rice to make this recipe a little more nutritious. You could also decrease the amount of beef steak and increase the quantity of onion and peppers to further reduce calories and the amount of meat.
ECONOMY – already a very wallet-friendly entree. To further reduce costs, watch for SALES and try your hand at growing your own peppers and tomatoes.
I did not receive any compensation or free gifts to create this post. The ideas and opinions are my own.