Wednesday, January 27, 2010

man pleasin' food

I live in a house full of testosterone, so I suppose some of my food should fit the stereotype. This is the meal that makes husbands, boyfriends, fathers, brothers, and little boys... happy. It's simple, sweet, meaty, and if you want, spicy. There are no visible vegetables. It's man food. So, in honor of the all the boys in my life, and because it's almost time for the big game, here is a recipe that should go over well. It can be football food, or it can be a very, very easy weeknight meal.

It takes about five minutes to throw all this stuff in the crock pot. Doesn't get much better than that!

Barbecue Beef and Beans
1.5 pounds boneless beef round, cut into 1-inch cubes.
2 15 ounce cans butter beans, drained
2 15 ounce cans cannelini beans, drained
1 large onion, thinly sliced
2 large carrots, finely grated
1.5 cups hickory smoke barbecue sauce**
1/3 cup water
several dashes hot sauce (optional)

Put everything in the crock pot, except about 1/2 cup of the barbecue sauce. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours. About half an hour before serving, stir in the rest of the barbecue sauce and some freshly ground pepper.

Fill up a baked potato with it or serve it with some hot cornbread and a big side salad (just to satisfy your girly side, of course).  My husband loved it, and my two year old gobbled it right up. You don't have to tell them how easy it was.

** Almost every bottle of barbecue sauce on the shelves contains high fructose corn syrup. Despite the ads on tv, it's really, really not good for you. Read the labels and look for one without.


5thsister said...

I hate the fact that high fructose corn syrup and other corn byproducts are in almost every single product at the grocery store. It's all bad for you.

With that said, my son would absolutely LOVE this meal. My hubby, well let's just say when it comes to food he's not like most men. He won't eat pork or red meat.

Emily said...

This recipe sounds like a real crowd pleaser, although I'm with you on the high fructose corn syrup issue. Must they put it in *everything*??

hondo3777 said...

Chef Hymie Grande ( ) is the first and only bottled BBQ sauce to carry the seal of the American Diabetes Association on the label. It has no high fructose corn syrup, no processed sugar, it is all natural and vegan friendly. It is produced at the Rutgers Food Innovation Center in Bridgton, NJ by Jamie Failtelson, a.k.a. Chef Hymie Grande of Carlstadt, NJ. 5% of proceeds go to the American Diabetes Association.

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ChristineM said...

"But it's made from corn"

How they can get away with those commercials is beyond me. We limit it as much as we can, but there are certain prepared foods or brands that are highly requested in our house. The price you pay for convenience!

Morgan said...

I am making this tonight but I am starting a little late..Noon actually. Can I increase the heat on the crock pot for less cooking time and still get a yummy result?

just me said...

Yes, Morgan! I actually made this on high for about 4 hours and then turned it to low for another two. Should work just fine! :)

Melanie said...

Found you from my friend Morgan from Becoming Homegrown. Love it that you are trying to be healthy for your kids, we are in the same boat. Not very many people we know stay away from the HFCS, so it is good to see you looking for recipes w/out all the junk...Anyway, can't wait to try this recipe!


Michelle L. said...

This beef looks great.I would have to omit the beans because I have non-bean eaters here. I would then serve a side of green beans to get in their veggies.

I found you from Becoming Homegrown