If you have a food critic in your house, you better don’t drop your guard. We present to you some flavorsome slow cooker recipes that are perfect for your picky eaters. After all, your kids need something yummy at the eating table after a hard day’s play or study. So, let’s get going.
Slow-Cooker Beef and Broccoli
Looking for a no-maintenance food that can be a kid-pleasure? Slow-Cooker Beef and Broccoli could be the answer to your prayers. This dish is good to prepare on a hectic day because the prep time is barely 10-12 minutes and the slow cooker takes care of the rest of the work. Here is the list of ingredients that you would need for this meal.
1 1/2 lbs of flank steak cut into long but thin slices, chopped yellow or green onions, 1 cup low-sodium beef broth, 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 3 cloves minced garlic, 3 cups of broccoli florets cut into small pieces, 2 tablespoon of cornstarch, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon honey or 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar along with salt and ground black pepper. Sesame seeds can also be considered for garnishing. So, let’s get to the instructions now.
Place the beef slices and chopped onions in a slow cooker. Whisk together soy sauce, garlic, brown sugar, beef broth, and sesame oil in a mixing bowl. To contribute to the taste, add black pepper and salt. Now, pour the mixture on the slow cooker on top of the beef and onions. Cover the cooker with a lid and cook on low heat temperature for about 3 1/2 hours to 4 hours, until the meat is nicely cooked.
Once you have waited for the meat to cook, scoop out ¼ cup of the broth from the slow cooker and pour them into a bowl. Add cornstarch and whisk together and then return it back to the slow cooker. Add broccoli and gently stir the fixture. Cover the lid again and let it cook for about 20-30 minutes, until the broccoli is nice and tender. The dish is ready. Serve them warm with brown or white rice after sprinkling them with sesame seeds.
Slow Cooker Ham with Sticky Ginger Glaze
This scrumptious ham is tasty and super easy to prepare. The list of ingredients is relatively small as well. So, treat your kids with this flavorsome slow cooker dish.
Let’s dive into the ingredient list now. 1 full thickly sliced onions, 10 cloves and few more for studding, 1½ litre bottle ginger beer, 1 medium gammon joint, approx 1.3kg, 1 tablespoon of English mustard, and 3 tablespoon of ginger preserve.
Place the 10 cloves and onion in your slow cooker right at the base and then nestle in the gammon joint. Next, pour all the content of the ginger beer. Cover the cooker and cook at the lowest temperature for 6-7 hours, until the gammon gets tender. Remember, it should still hold its shape so do not overcook them. Keep a watch once you are nearing the 6th hour so that you can remove them from the slow cooker on time.
Next, preheat the oven to 200C/180C fan. Get rid of the skin from the gammon so that you are left with a fat layer. By using a sharp kitchen knife, score the fat layer in a diamond pattern, making sure that you do not cut into the meat. Finally, stud the center of each diamond with cloves. Mix the ginger and mustard in a bowl and brush the mixture over the gammon and let it bake for another 20 minutes till it becomes golden and sticky. Allow some cooling time before you are ready to serve the dish to your hungry kids.
Classic Pot Roast
This could prove to be a very satisfying meal for your kids. It’s unlikely for kids to dislike this delicacy. Also, it might remind you of some wonderful holidays when you had classic pot roast growing up. Although the list of ingredients is relatively big, the dish gets out of the kitchen rather quickly once the ingredients are in place. So, let’s get to the ingredients for this dish.
3 pounds of boneless chuck roast, 2 cups of coarsely chopped onions, 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, 3 chopped garlic cloves, 1 cup of dry red wine, 4 thyme sprigs, 4 large peeled carrots sliced diagonally into 1 or 1/2 inch thickness, 1 bay leaf, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, 1/4 teaspoon of ground black pepper, 1 (14-ounce) can fat-free, and 2 pounds Yukon peeled gold potatoes, cut into 2-inch pieces.
To begin with, preheat the oven to 350º. Pour olive oil in a large oven-safe pot and set the temperature at medium-high heat. Season the chuck roast by sprinkling salt and black pepper. Add roast to the pan and let it cook for about 5 minutes until its brown on both the sides. Remove the roast from the pan and add onion to the pan and cook for about 6-7 minutes, until they get tender. Now, transfer the browned roast to the pan. Add red wine, garlic, beef broth, bay leaf, and thyme sprigs to the pan and bring to a simmer.
Place a lid on the cooking pan and let it bake at 350º for about 1 1/2 hours or until the roast gets pretty tender. Include and stir the potatoes and carrots into the pan. Cover the pan again and let it bake for another hour till the veggies get tender. Now, discard the bay leaf and thyme sprigs from the pan.
Finally, shred the meat with 2 forks. Serve the roast with cooking liquid and vegetable mixture. Season the vegetable mixture with salt and pepper so that they taste better. Optionally, one can garnish the dish with thyme leaves. So, there you have it. Delicious and healthy flavorsome slow cooker recipes that is sure to win your little one’s heart.