Don't wet your pants. But, yes, I am posting a Simple Supper Monday today. A post category that I haven't touched since June.
It's December. Is that 6 months? I believe so.
As I stated a few days ago, between moving, adjusting to moving, the school year starting up for my teacher Hubby, a rambunctious 2 year old and, oh, being PREGNANT (due in January. Which is next month. AUGH! When did time fly?!?!??!), I've been sticking to a rotation of some good tried and true recipes. For most of the Summer, I was feeling pretty nauseous and impossibly exhausted. Food, apart from crackers, did not appeal to me. So, you can imagine, I was not in the mood to try new recipes.
This Fall, I started feeling better, and have dusted off the cookbooks to search for some new Keeper Recipes. I've tried a bunch, many of which I was not happy with. Last week, I made a roast from the Fix It And Forget It Cookbook (love love love this cookbook. If you don't have it, buy it. And buy one for a friend. And your friend's friend). Hubby and I were really happy with the way it turned out. It's just a simple beef roast recipe, but the meat came out super moist and the gravy was VERY tasty (especially over mashed potatoes).
It was my inspiration to and motivation to post for you today.
So...you can thank the roast.
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Spicy Pot Roast
- from the Fix It And Forget It Cookbook-
- 2-4lb beef pot roast (pot roast, chuck roast, eye round - any roast will do. I used a chuck roast)
- salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4-oz packet of brown gravy mix
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tsp dijon mustard (I used spicy deli mustard)
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 1 cup water (I bet that beef stock/broth would be a good flavor-enhancing alternative)
1. Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Place in slow cooker.
2. Combine remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour over meat.
3. Cook on Low 8-10 hours, or High 4-5 hours (Note from Steph: account for YOUR slow cooker friends. My slow cooker has been cooking things faster recently - and I've actually BURNED some things in there! I cooked this roast for about 5 hours on low, and it was more than ready at the end. And since it was done a bit early, I had it on the "warm" setting for about an hour. So if your slow cooker cooks fast, adjust the time!)
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This is a great roast to put on in the morning and have ready when you come home. It was also tasty enough to serve to company. The next day, shred it up with forks and serve on rolls with horseradish! YUMMMMMMMMMMMM! Seriously tasty, people. And I really recommend serving this with a side of mashed potatoes and crusty bread. I was going to also make broccoli, but I didn't have any, although it would have been a nice addition as well.
It's been so cold here in southeastern PA (with no relief in the foreseeable future), a warm and hearty roast really hits the spot. So make sure to look back through some of the archives here on Confessions of a Stay-at-Home Mom for the good cold-weather recipes. We need to keep warm!
Here's to hoping for more inspiration and motivation. I'd love to kick my posting into gear before Baby #2 arrives. Because then all bets are off.
Feel free to send me YOUR Simple Supper recipes for posting. You know I love trying new recipes out! email@example.com
Have a good (and tasty!) week!