Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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There’s something innately comforting in a French Dip sandwich for me.  If it’s cold and dreary, this is the sandwich I want.  And as the days are going to start kicking into “cold and dreary” mode pretty darn soon, I’m really happy that I managed to stumble across this recipe!  These Ultimate Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches are perfect winter weather food, football party food, comforting “My toes are cold” food.  Or, most importantly, “I need something simple to throw together for dinner” food.

I started by sprinkling a beef chuck roast with salt and pepper and browning it on the stove top.

Slow Cooker Cowboy Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Cowboy Pot Roast - Chew Nibble Nosh

Back to school, back to crazy, back to my assignment as a personal Uber for my kids.  Everything has kicked back into gear here and we are officially back in the swing.  During the craziest nights, I rely heavily on my slow cooker.  I have a ton of slow cooker recipes on this blog, with good reason.  I use it a lot.  I remember a time when I rarely used my slow cooker at all, and it sat collecting dust in my pantry.  No more!  I break it out at least once a week.  And you should too!  It makes dinner time a whole lot easier.

Quick Korean Beef

Quick Korean Beef - Chew Nibble Nosh

I know, I know.  My Korean friends are probably rolling their eyes and looking at this like I’m crazy.  But, hear me out.

May is what’s CRAZY.  I have yet to talk to one parent of school aged children this month who isn’t completely bogged down with school projects, after school activities, end of the year recitals and concerts, class trips, sporting events, etc. etc. etc.  May is just nuts.

Slow Cooker Moroccan-Spiced Beef Stew

Slow Cooker Moroccan-Spiced Beef Stew - Chew Nibble Nosh.

It’s official!  The first new slow cooker dish of the fall season was a huge hit!  This delicious variation on regular beef stew was just the perfect thing for dinner last night.  I had one of those days where I was running around right up until dinner time.  I needed something I could throw in the Crock Pot, and forget until dinner time.  This was the amazing result.

Steak Tips with Feta Roasted Potatoes

Steak Tips with Feta Roasted Potatoes - Chew Nibble Nosh

My two daughters have played the texture card at dinner since the dawn of (their) time.  I can’t tell you how many times they’ve put a bite of something perfectly wonderful in their mouths, not even given it the slightest chew, and instantly spit it out because they “don’t like the texture”.  In some respects, I get it.  There are some foods that I’m not into strictly due to their mouthfeel.  There are certain foods that feel funny, take a bit longer to chew, or are just plain weird.  I am not a big fan of cooked mushrooms (I think they’re slimy), oysters (Again, slimy), or softshell crab (Not slimy, but weirdly crunchy).  I get the texture issue.

Korean Style Slow Cooker Short Ribs

Korean-Style Slow Cooker Short Ribs - Chew Nibble Nosh

You can usually tell how simplistic a meal is here on Chew Nibble Nosh by how many pictures there are of the process.  This meal was so easy to throw together, that I only have three pictures.  So, if you’re looking for quick and easy, and something you can just throw into the Crock Pot and walk away from, this is your meal.

It’s no secret that I love a good short rib, and I love sweet, salty Korean BBQ as well. Throw those two entities together, and I’m a happy camper.  After a few hours in the slow cooker, these short ribs are melt-in-your-mouth tender.  I served them alongside some steamed rice and broccoli, and they made for a delicious easy dinner for a busy night.

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Lightened Up Stuffed Cabbage Rolls - Chew Nibble Nosh

Out of nowhere the other day, I was suddenly craving stuffed cabbage.  I don’t know why.  Nobody had mentioned it, I hadn’t seen it anywhere, it had been completely and totally off my radar so far this winter.   That said, I was just about to go to the grocery store, when inspiration struck, and I had to change up my list to accommodate my craving.

Slow Cooker Beef and Barley Soup with Rosemary

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I’ve made quite a few slow cooker meals over the years, and have found some pretty great ones (Chicken Tikka Masala and Chinese Pork being two of our favorites).  I’ve found some pretty awful ones too…which we will leave unnamed.  Sometimes, though, those great slow cooker meals take a few extra steps to make them that good.  I love when I run across one that consists of nothing more than throwing a bunch of good stuff in a slow cooker, walking away for a day, and coming home to a satisfying dinner.

Five-Spice Orange Beef and Broccoli

Five-Spice Orange Beef and Broccoli - Chew Nibble Nosh

Got a busy night?  Stir-fries are a quick solution for a night when dinner prep just can’t be time-consuming.  My biggest beef (no pun intended) with stir fries, though, is that the meat involved can often end up cooked to death.  Even though it’s quick and easy, the thinly sliced meat that facilitates that quick cooking time can sometimes end up rubbery and just plain overdone.

Slow Roasted Balsamic Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Cream

Slow Roasted Balsamic Beef Sandwiches with Horseradish Cream - Chew Nibble Nosh

One of the biggest advantages for us in moving to Indianapolis last summer, was that we’d be MUCH closer to family.  Before our move here, we were never closer than a ten-hour drive, anywhere we lived over the years.  We got to spend time with family a few times a year, and it seemed that every time I saw my nieces and nephews, they’d grown another foot.  Now, we get to see everyone much more often!  (Although, the kids still seem to be growing at an alarming rate…I’m talking to you, Connor.)  It’s really special, and we truly appreciate it after being away for so long.