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Crock Pot Time! Easiest Pot Roast Ever

I am so excited it is Thursday! I actually went through all of yesterday thinking it was Tuesday. I kinda like when that happens.

Breakfast this morning is oatmeal with bananas and frozen strawberries (recycled picture!)

And, on the subject of food…. (kidding… we always talk about food!) lunch yesterday was quite lackluster… I wasnt feelin much and I actually spent part of my short lunchtime yesterday preparing dinner…

Plain ol’ turkey and mozzarella sandwich with a banana. I was too lazy to even cut up lettuce and tomato to throw on there!

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Training was great, I didnt feel like I completely wanted to die by the end, so that was a plus. When I arrived at 6:20 the 5:30 group was still going and it was a HUGE group, 15 people, which is the biggest I have seen. I think he is doing some promotions and has gotten some more people signed on, but it was awesome! I always wondered what he would do with a group that big since he usually has 8-12 different stations. He just put 2 people at some stations (duh Andrea!)

We did overhead ball slams, bicep curls, tricep dips, rope climbing, bike riding (stationary bike), and a few ab moves on the stability ball among other things. The first round we did was 1 minute, then we got a minute water break, and then another 1 minute round. The last round we stayed at the same station for 3 sets of 20 second reps. It was a pretty good one!

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So… that dinner I prepared during lunch? Welcome back crock pot!

I love crock pots. Seriously… no work. Put stuff in there, turn it on, leave it, and voila! An amazing dinner in minutes hours. I feel like you could throw dirt and worms in there with seasoning and it would come out a delicious masterpiece! (Only kidding).

I actually only discovered them about 3 years ago and for a while I made just about everything in there.  Another one of the many things we did not bring with us during our move sadly, so it has been quite a while since I’ve had one to use! Well, Torrance got me a little slow cooker recipe book in my stocking for Xmas. So on Monday, I headed straight out to pick up a crock pot because I was so anxious to try out some of the new recipes.

You know what this means…. be prepared for many-a-crock pot recipe/dinner appearance here on the blog over the next few weeks. ;)

I think the only thing that is a pain with crock pots is cleaning them. Luckily, I discovered the disposable liners which basically fixes that issue. They can be found near all the foil, Ziplocs, etc at most grocery stores. Life saver, I’m tellin’ ya.

The first thing I am actually making isnt out of the new book (go figure) but rather my all time favorite go-to crock pot fare. Pot roast!

Most of you will probably read this and be like DUH – we know how to cook pot roast – but actually the first time I did one on my own, I didnt do it right and it turned out super plain and kind of weird. Plus, anything in recipe format is a good quick reference right? ;)

I ended up pairing mine with a salad too, since my day was seriously lacking some greens!

Simple Pot Roast

Prep time: 5-10 minutes
Cook time: 4-8 hours (depending on setting – see below)
Yield: About 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lb chuck or rump roast
  • 1 packet of McCormick’s pot roast seasoning (Knorr also makes a good one)
  • 1 cup water
  • about 3 cups baby red potatoes (or other potato of choice)
  • 2 cups baby carrots
  • 1 onion chopped into about 1 inch pieces (I use a sweet onion)
  • 1-2 tbsp minced garlic (can also use halved cloves)
  • 1-2 tbsp fresh or dried thyme (I used fresh)
  • any other veggies desired

Instructions:

  1. Place veggies and pot roast in crock pot. I prefer to do 1 layer of veggies, the pot roast, and then the rest of veggies on top.
  2. Sprinkle garlic and thyme over top.
  3. In bowl, dissolve contents of seasoning packet in water and then pour over roast and veggies.
  4. Cook on a high setting for 4 hours or low for 8. A lower heat and longer cook time will produce a more tender and moist roast.

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  • Do you like/use crock pots? What is one of your favorite things to make in them?
  • Any new recipes you are excited to try lately?
    There is a chicken noodle soup recipe I want to try in the crock pot soon!
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  1. I went through all of Wednesday thinking it was Thursday! I was so excited when I discovered (before bed) that it was still only Wednesday. It was like I had a free day! I felt better for being lazy and getting nothing accomplished :)

    I rarely make roast, and I have no idea why. The last time I did it in my slowcooker mine tasted bland also, so I should try it again with that mix.

    December 29, 2011
  2. Michelle #

    I love crock pot cookbooks! I try to incorporate at least one crock pot meal into our dinner’s every week just because they are so easy to make, totally filling, and there are always a TON of leftovers (ya for leftovers!). There is a slow cooker cookbook that I have meaning to get that is entirely made up of recipes that only have 5 ingredients; if I find it I will pass the name along to you.

    I’m like Lindsey; I made a pot roast a little while ago and it was OK, but I’m definitely going to take your advice and get some of that mix next time!

    December 29, 2011
  3. Oh yeah. I love the crockpot! And that it’s Thursday!! :) I’m working on a recipe for “skinny” sloppy joes!!

    December 29, 2011

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