Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is a hearty lifesaver for a busy weeknight dinner

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It’s December, the month that caps off the year — which so many of us are ready to do. Cooking extravagant meals has come to a halt around our house unless that’s the only task accomplished during nap time or if it’s a holiday. Insert slow cooker to save dinnertime.

There are few things in life more satisfying than quick prep in the morning and dinner being done hours later. And the smells that waft out from this appliance will have everyone drooling.

This recipe for Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff is from a blog called Well Plated. Erin Clarke’s blog is full of healthy, simple recipes. One thing I loved about this recipe is that it did not use a can of cream of mushroom soup. Instead it uses fresh cremini mushrooms and Greek yogurt.

I did adapt the recipe a bit and changed the beef sirloin to beef chuck. I find that chuck has more marbling, and when you put it in the slow cooker, some sort of magic happens. If you make this recipe, make it with chuck. Usually you’ll have to purchase a chuck roast and cut it up yourself, although depending on what store you frequent, sometimes the butcher will cut it up for you.

A version of this story was originally published by the Wichita Eagle.