Autumn is here with a vengeance and the back to school routine is in full swing. I had already pre planned in my mind that the slow cooker was going to come back out of the cupboard and be put to good use this Autumn. With after school clubs, working and general family life, sometimes the last thing I want to do is think of something for dinner when we finally get home. Making a slow cooker beef casserole is one of the simplest meals to make in the slow cooker.
I enjoy eating beef in many different forms, but I do struggle to get Abby to eat it. I usually hear moans of “it’s too tough”, or “it’s too spicy” when anything of the red meat variety is put in front of her at the dinner table. Now don’t get me wrong she’s not a fussy eater by any means and will generally eat what is put in front of her. Sometimes it might be the meal I have made is never made again, but the plate is generally cleared.
I have learnt that by slow cooking the beef, I can encourage to her eat it as the cooking process softens the meat and makes it so much more tender. It’s also a good way for me to think about batch cooking a large amount of slow cooked beef that can then be adapted into different meals for the freezer.
Red meat is so important in a child’s diet as it contains important nutrients such as iron, zinc, B vitamins and potassium, nutrients that are often lacking in children’s diets.
The additional ingredients in my slow cooker beef casserole are quite simple, but the beauty of this recipe is that you can add and adapt to suit your own tastes. Abby doesn’t like spicy foods, but I think this would also be really tasty with some added spices.
- 500g diced beef
- 2tbsp tomato puree
- salt and pepper
- 2tbsp flour
- beef stock cube
- 250ml water
- 1 onion, chopped
- mushrooms, sliced
- carrots, diced
- 1 garlic clove
Coat the diced beef in 1tsp flour and brown off in a pan. This isn’t necessary but does help to bind all the ingredients together in the cooking process.
Chop and add all the vegetables to the slow cooker, dissolve the stock cube in water, adding to the slow cooker. Add all additional ingredients, season with salt and pepper. Stir and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Serve with mashed potato, home-made chips or even rice and vegetables.
The longer you can cook the beef for the more tender it will be. This really helps in our house to make the meal more enjoyable for Abby, and when I find something that works, I’m sticking to it. Slow cooker beef casserole is proper comfort food.
“This post is an entry for the BritMums #HealthyRedMeat, sponsored by the Meat Advisory Panel.”