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15 Slow Cooker Recipes Using Lean Beef

15 slow cooker recipes featuring lean beef

I love using the slow cooker in these late summer, early autumn months.  When it remains hot in the mid-day sun, but thanks to early morning chill and late evening breezes starting to arrive we’re starting to look towards warm, comforting dinners more often.  Slow cookers and set-it-and-forget-it recipes are the perfect compromise to complete dinner laziness and working hard in the kitchen.  Tools to help you #make1healthydecision even on the days you’d much rather order in and stay planted in front of the TV.

The recipes below all use lean cuts of beef; Lean beef has 10 essential nutrients and is the #1 food source of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc. Beef is a great source of iron, which plays an important role in transporting oxygen through your body. This infographic does a great job of explaining the benefits of lean beef: Beef’s Big 10

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Crockpot Beef on Weck Slider from Healthy Delicious // This recipe is proof you can reach the ultimate medium-rare pot roast perfection with the help of your crockpot. Paired with a kitchen-hack for the ages: store bought Italian bread dough turned slider rolls. The semi-homemade way to up your party platter game, if you ask me.

Shredded Beef with Red Cabbage Slaw from Food Fash // A thick, flavorful stock reduction takes this shredded beef recipe to the next level. Paired with a beautiful red cabbage slaw for a picture-perfect plate of delicious.

Slow Cooker New England Pot Roast from Andie Mitchell //  A classic Dinner with a capital-D, pot roast dishes like this bring my taste buds back to the days of home cooked, leave the table full, kind of meals. You know those dinner plates – with meat, and apotato, and vegetable, and grain, and a glass of milk, too. Andie uses this as a favorite easy “throw-together” meal, and I can totally see myself making this to use up the root vegetables taking over my fridge come fall.

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Crockpot Sweet and Sour Hawaiian Beef from Cotter Crunch // Say “aloha” to this freezer-friendly crock pot dish full of flavor and nutrition-packed ingredients! Super simple, mixing the deliciousness of pineapple, apple cider vinegar, red pepper, red onion, honey and of course, tasty lean beef. This dish is PALEO friendly, too.

Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket from Real Mom Kitchen // After my 5-year stint in Texas during my twenties, I have an understandable love of BBQ brisket. I can still remember my first real smoke house experience; old picnic tables lending to cafeteria style seating, napkins piled high on each table, all the pickles and white bread you could ask for, and that dreamy, gritty, delicious smoky aroma. I try to grab a plate of BBQ at least once every time I’m in the South, comparing sauces from state to state. This simple slow cooker recipe from Laura reminds me that I can easily make myself a plate at home, too. I think we may need to have a sauce tasting contest to find our favorite for at-home BBQ nights. Any recommendations?

Slow-Cooked Whiskey-Molasses Shredded Beef from Beef It’s What’s for Dinner // A classic cowboy friendly shredded beef recipe tossed with a whiskey-molasses BBQ sauce and paired with a carrot apple slaw. Get inspired to level-up the freggie creativity in your slaw by substituting pears, celery, cabbage or bell peppers.

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Crockpot Shredded Beef Barbacoa from Uproot from Oregon via The Lean Green Bean //  A Chiptole Copy-Cat recipe perfect for your weekend meal prep. Turn a pot full of beef into a week of Bring Your Fiesta to Lunch Break deliciousness with a rotation of burrito bowls, nachos, and taco salads all featuring this Crockpot Shredded Beef.

Slow Cooked Pulled Mexican Beef from Bran Appetit // You can easily transform Brandi’s oven recipe to your favorite crock pot.  Simply brown the roast, onions and garlic as instructed, then transfer to your slow cooker along with the salsa, broth and beer.  Cook on high for 4 to 6 hours and you’ll be met with the same rich, tender beef as Brandi achieved from her oven roasting.

Slow Cooker Spicy Tex Mex Beef Fajitas from MJ and Hungryman // Another reminder of the deliciousness of Texas!  These spicy fajitas are the perfect fiesta for two, topped with onions, peppers, cheese and of course, GAUCAMOLE!

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Crockpot Taco Chili from Ari’s Menu // A Taco Tuesday approved twist on chili, this creamy pot of yum makes a terrific weeknight dinner. A bowl of this taco chili is warm and comforting while remaining healthy. This is a Food Prep win: make a batch for dinner one night, and gift yourself a few days of leftover lunches.

Scrumptious Slow Cooker Chili from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life // Courtney’s favorite chili recipes raises the bar by using trimmed lean top round in place of commonly used ground beef. This is a hearty slow cooker dish which can be served with your favorite bakery bread or corn muffins.

Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup from Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life // A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner gets the soup treatment. Start the corned beef in the slow cooker overnight, then add all the veggies and herbs the next morning to meld together all day long. Now that’s serious slow cooking.

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Slow Cooker Korean Shredded Beef with Creamy Asian Broccoli Slaw Quesadilla Style from Heather’s Dish // A tasty Asian-fusion inspired recipe you can whip up in NO time at all. You can use the beef in a bunch of different ways, but Heather’s choice of going quesadilla style is totally up my ally.

Slow Cooker Steak Stuffed Collard Rolls from Amee’s Savory Dish // A Southern classic healthified with a collection of whole foods. Lean beef, greens, tasty tomatoes and whole grains make this quite the well rounded dinner dish.

Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli from Six Sister’s Stuff // Take a stab at DIY Take Out Night with this healthy version of a Chinese take-out staple: Beef and Broccoli. Going the slow cooker route makes it super simple without sacrificing the umami collaborative that this combo of flavors delivers. #Make1HealthyDecision by choosing reduced sodium products [like soy sauce and broth] whenever available.

 

If you are interested in learning more about using beef and raising your kitchen confidence:

Disclaimer: I am a member of the Beef Expert Bureau.  This post is sponsored by The Beef Checkoff.

Honey Peanut Butter Yogurt Crunch End of Summer Picnic Salad

This post is sponsored by Stonyfield as part of my participation in the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club.

This month the Stonyfield Clean Plate Club is partnering with Justin’s Peanut Butter, a small batch nut butter company dedicated to community involvement and sustainable practices while creating delicious, high quality products. 

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Justin’s products are available online and in grocery stores nationwide. Since first bite several years ago, I’ve been a fan of Justin’s Maple Almond Butter.  It’s a jar in my normal rotation for eating with carrot sticks and apple slices, or making adult “ants on a log” smearing a spoonful onto a piece of celery and adding dried cranberries or blueberries.  And I can officially report that Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups make a great treat after a long shopping trip. [Thanks, Target check out aisle.]

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When it came time to combine the super powers of Stonyfield and Justin’s, I decided to pair Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt and Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter.  PROTEIN POWER!!!

This recipe is ridiculously simple and can easily be customized depending on your needs. [Next time I want to add coconut flakes and chai seeds!] It is a colorful, FREGGIE-FILLED side dish that makes a great table addition at your end of summer picnic.  The leftovers keep really well in the fridge, making this one of my favorite recent bring-to-work lunches, too. Toss in some diced grilled chicken and serve with mixed greens: office lunch upgrade!!

PEANUT BUTTER YOGURT CRUNCH PICNIC SALAD

Honey Peanut Butter Yogurt Crunch End of Summer Picnic Salad

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Stonyfield Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 2 Tablespoons Justin’s Honey Peanut Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 3 cups diced apples [I prefer a small dice for this salad]
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • ½ cup golden raisins [we love Trader Joe’s California Gold Raisins!]

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together yogurt, peanut butter and honey until well combined.
  • In a large bowl, toss together diced apples [I used a mix of granny smith, gala and red delicious!], shredded carrots, and raisins.
  • Poor yogurt mixture over salad ingredients and fold until well coated. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.

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