Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Slow Cooker Asian Braised Beef
I had a small chuck roast in the fridge and gave Rod 3 recipe options: BBQ beef, Salsa Beef or this Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Asian Braised Beef, which he selected.
It turned out to be an excellent choice.
Skinny on Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Asian Braised Beef
The Recipe is from Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever with More Than 400 Easy-to-Make Recipes, by Diane Phillips, who once lived in Japan. She describes it as a slow cooked variation on Sukiyaki.
There’s no browning required, so it’s really easy. But you do need to marinate the meat overnight.
Served with sticky rice to soak up the delicious sauce, this was an easy, healthy and delicious meal in a bowl.
The recipe calls for sake, but I think you could substitute additional beef or chicken broth.
And she specifies only a shorter cooking time on HIGH, but I think it would also be fine if you cooked it for 6 to 8 hours on LOW.
According to my calculations each serving has 310 calories and *8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus, *6 Freestyle SmartPoints.
Weight Watchers Slow Cooker Asian Braised Beef Recipe
- 2/3 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup sake
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1-3/4 pound chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat and cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cups coarsely chopped onions
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 pound shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps sliced
- 10 ounces baby spinach
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with 1/4 cup water or chicken broth
- Ideal slow cooker size: 5 to 6-Quart
- Combine the soy sauce, sake, garlic, pepper and sugar in a large bowl with a whisk. Add the meat and stir to coat. Cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or up to 36 hours.
- Put the meat and marinade in the slow cooker. Add the onions and chicken broth and stir to combine.
- Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 to 4 hours.
- Skim off any fat from the top of the stew. Add the cornstarch mixture. Stir to combine. Add the mushrooms and spinach. The slow cooker will be very full.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 1 to 2 hours more, or until the meat is tender and the sauce is thickened.
Source: Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever with More Than 400 Easy-to-Make Recipes by Diane Phillip
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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