I love my slow cooker! I honestly, really, really do but sometimes I just simply forget that I even have one. I have made a home for it on my counter so that I see it throughout the day so that I then think, huh, I should make something in that. Sadly though I still only use it a few times a month in a good month. I don’t know that if in the morning my dinner brain is just not functioning in high gear yet so I just don’t think about. Maybe it’s just another example of how I work better under pressure so scrambling to come up with dinner at 5:00 pm wins out over the easy, non-headache inducing slow cooker option. Whatever the reason though I am trying to get past it and use it more. I know it will make life easier. I also know that we will end up spending less on take-out too if I use it more. I just need to get my mind in the game and do it now.
Last week I did use it one day and I even made a brand spanking new recipe for it. I decided that slow cooker teriyaki pot roast sounded like a great idea and you know what? It really, really was a great idea! It came out very tasty and my whole group loved it. My daughter who eats only a few bites of meat a day and my nine-year old who we almost have to force feed because of medications (they make him not want to eat) both had two helpings. Seriously, if I get either of them to eat one whole helping I feel like mom of the year so two whole helpings was like a minor miracle.
- 2.5 - 3 lb. roast
- 1 c. garlic and green onion teriyaki sauce (I used Kikkoman)
- 1 c. beef broth
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 1 10 oz. bag of stir-fry vegetables
- cooked rice
- Place the roast in the slow cooker and whisk together the eriyaki sauce, beef broth and all of the seasonings. Pour over the roast and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours. Half an hour before it's done add in the frozen vegetables and stir to toss with the sauce.
- Take the roast out and shred it and then place it back into the sauce and stir to mix with the vegetables. Serve over the prepared rice.
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