Slow Cooker Hoisin Stew

October 15, 2013 · 12 comments

in asian,beef,crockpot,dairy-free,healthy

Some mornings are just harder than others. You know, like the mornings when your normally super-chill and non-fussy baby is screaming bloody murder because you had to put a hat on him?

And your 3 year old is simultaneously angry at you because you told him he can’t just stick his hand into your cereal bowl on the counter to grab a handful after you already told him no.

Yeah, we have those mornings. And even without those kinds of mornings, our mornings are always tough. Between getting ourselves and two kids ready (never mind lunches, bottles, pump parts and everything else), we don’t really have a second to do anything—and that includes putting together a meal for the crockpot. There’s some irony in not having enough time to prepare a meal in a cooking vessel whose sole purpose is to, uh, save you time in preparing a meal.

But this crockpot meal is perfect for people who don’t have time in the morning, because the only thing you have to do in the morning is turn the crockpot on. The meat and vegetables actually marinate in the hoisin mixture overnight, so everything is ready in the morning. And don’t worry, the night-before prep is not bad, either. It’s pretty much 6  swings of the knife and mixing together hoisin and broth, and you’re done.

The result is a great twist on standard beef stew. The beef is fall-apart tender, and ginger and garlic, two of my favorite ingredients, shine.  I did need to spend a little (hands-off) time making rice, but you can combat that by making brown rice on the weekends and freezing it until ready to use. That’s one of my favorite tricks for an even quicker dinner!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy October 15, 2013 at 9:22 am

Oh, yeah … this is my kinda flavor!! I’ve got some short ribs in the freezer that I’ve been saving for the right recipe, and this is it!! Thanks so much!

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Caroline {TheBarbeeHousewife} October 15, 2013 at 11:45 am

This looks absolutely perfect. I can’t wait to try it!

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Kate October 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

This idea is spot on. Because the only problem with cooking dinners the night before, is trying to store it for the next day, when it’s still hot. Okay, that’s not the only problem, but it’s a big one! This recipe means I don’t have to figure out what to do with the crockpot in the morning!

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Jill October 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm

This crockpot meal looks delicious and seems super easy… just what I need. Walking in the door after work to the smell of dinner already cooking pushes me to find that few extra minutes to throw something in the crockpot on the way out. I bet this dish is wonderful after marinating overnight, too!

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Kelsey October 15, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Ummmm…yes. Just yes.

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Joanne October 16, 2013 at 5:26 am

I feel like I never have enough time in the morning and I don’t even have kids! Still, I can’t stand it when crockpot meals require you to do a handful of things BEFORE putting the food in the crockpot. What’s the point of that!

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Kat October 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm

This looks like something to put on next weeks menu. Can you clarify the beef amount, 1.5 cups or pounds?

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elly October 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Oops, it’s pounds! Fixed it. Thanks. :)

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Kat October 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

I made this last night, it was great. I made it on the stove top because I forgot my slow cooker broke during our recent move. It has really good flavor, I’m looking forward to leftovers for lunch today. Thanks for sharing!

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elly October 21, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Great. Glad you like it!

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ErinsFoodFiles November 4, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I love the simplicity of this! I’m on the lookout for no-fuss (in the morning at least) slow cooker meals.

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Georgann Ganas December 11, 2013 at 7:20 am

This looks great. I could use some new ideas and ove reading cookbooks.

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