Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pot Roast

This is a two-fold post, 1) to show how to make a simple yummy pot roast and 2) to show how easy it is to bring a meal to another family in the same amount of time and effort it takes to make a meal just for your family.

A lot of people think that pot roast is a difficult, expensive, and time consuming meal to make. I will show you that it is actually very easy (one of the easiest meals I make), takes very little time (again less time than most meals I make), and can be very inexpensive (if you shop for good prices on the main ingredients).

Everything has been doubled to feed 2 families in the pictures, but the recipe is based on one family.

Ingredients:
1 - 1 1/2 lb bottom round roast (I cut the big ones in half when I get home)
A few russet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1/2 a bag of baby carrots
1/2 an onion, peeled and cut into thick slices
Salt and pepper
Meat tenderizer
1 pkg onion soup mix
Water

Directions:
Spray crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.

Put roast in (I put them in frozen, but you can put them in fresh).

Cover with salt, pepper, meat tenderizer, and onion soup mix.

Put potatoes around the roast.

Put carrots on top of the potatoes.

Put onions on top of the carrots.

Cover with water.

Put the lid on and set to LOW heat for 6 HOURS.

Leave it alone and in 6 hours you have a perfect roast. It can sit on the stay warm option until you are ready for it. It gets better the longer it sits.


Pull out the meat, carve off the excess fat, and slice into pieces to your liking.


I prepared two sets of roast and veggies, one for us and one for our friends.

Cover with juice so that everything stays moist.

See, wasn't that easy and time efficient?
Now for the cost breakdown for both meals:
Roast - roughly $6.00
Potatoes - roughly $1.00
Carrots - $2.00
Onion - Less than 50 cents
Onion soup mix - 50 cents
I don't count seasonings as it would be impossible and not worth the time.
A [GOOD, FILLING] meal that will feed 2 families for $10.00. You cannot beat that.
PS When I bring a meal to someone, I try to bring it in a throw away container or keepable container. I hate to burden them with having to clean it and return it.

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