Monday, October 6, 2014
Crock Pot Beef & Mushrooms
Somehow, starting THM (you sick of Trim Healthy Mama, yet? I'm not!!!!)...anyway....
Coming up with on-plan recipes and dinners have rekindled my love for experimentation. It's quickly dropped temperatures here in the northeast, and life has gotten a lot busier. When it's cold, and we're busy, I rely heavily on my crockpot. Tonight is no different. My oldest had classes at her co-op, we have bowling and Chik-fil-A with our friends this afternoon, and dinner needed to be ready when we got home so that hubby can go off and enjoy the football game with his cigar shop buddies.
While at the grocery store yesterday, I got a great deal on Eye of Round Steaks. Of course, when standing in a grocery store looking at the meat displays, I don't always know HOW to cook the item, especially when it comes to red meat. I can hold my own, but I've had many flops.
This is not one of them.
Crock Pot Beef & Mushrooms (S)
2-3 lbs Eye of Round Steaks (or an Eye of Round Roast)
10 oz pkg Cremini (or baby Bella) mushrooms, sliced
1 medium onion, cut in half then sliced
2 Tbs A1 (or similar) Steak Sauce*
2-3 tsp Steak/Grill Seasoning
8 oz tomato sauce (make sure it's a sugar free one, some brands sneak sugar in there!)
*okay, so steak sauce contains LOTS of off plan ingredients, including sugar...BUT you're using such a small amount and you'll get so little in the final product, I really, personally, don't mind using it!) To be THM faithful, omit this ingredient and increase tomato sauce by 2 Tbs and add a plan approved beef broth granules or liquid aminos.
In a large 5 quart or 6 quart crockpot, line with a crockpot liner (this makes clean-up super easy!).
Lay onion slices in the bottom of the crockpot, lay the mushroom slices on top of that. Open your steaks (or roast) and sprinkle liberally with the steak seasoning. Lay steaks in the crock pot..if you have to do two layers, cover one layer with the steak sauce, and the other with the tomato sauce.
Cook on low 8-10 hours.
Remove steaks from crockpot, cover with onions and mushrooms (strain as much as possible). Do this very gently as the steaks will fall apart like a pot roast would, it's very tender. Transfer cooking liquid into a sauce pan. Using Glucomannan (about a tsp or so sprinkled over and whisked in), or your preferred method of thickening (corn starch, flour/butter, etc). I use Kuzu Root Starch, which is not THM approved, but works very well to make a smooth gravy. Thicken juices to a gravy and serve along side the beef.
I serve this with a salad and mashed cauliflower! YUMMY!!!