Posts tagged ‘beef’

August 4, 2013

Pot roast in the crock pot

This is my mom’s recipe… warning, you will have plenty of leftovers! The amount of vegetables will depend on the size of your crock pot.

1 3-lb chuck roast
baby carrots
red potatoes, quartered
1 packet french onion soup mix


  1. Using saute pan over medium heat on stove top, sear roast on all sides.
  2. Put roast into crock pot.
  3. Top with roughly equal amounts of baby carrots and quartered red potatoes until crock pot is nearly full.
  4. Add french onion soup mix on top.
  5. Pour in water until all carrots and potatoes are submerged.
  6. Cook on low for at least 6 hours (all day is OK).

If you want to get fancy, you can slice up a couple of yellow onions and brown them in the pan after the roast, then add to the crock pot along with the other veggies. Serve with bread for lots of sopping goodness.

October 16, 2012

Recipe review: Princess French Dip Au Jus


Tonight we made a quickie dinner – 25 minutes, start to finish, and the item that took the longest was the easiest, the sweet potato fries.

The main course was French Dip Au Jus from KG’s princess cook book – the Royal Recipe Collection Disney Princess Cookbook that she got at the school book fair. This was from the “Belle” section, “main courses” that, in theory, have some sort of French inspiration.

Win! Everyone ate their entire sandwich, and the main course took less than 10 minutes to prepare. I did cheat and buy the roast beef at the deli counter instead of making it myself (although I was tempted to crock-pot it), but in fairness that’s what the recipe called for.

The kids got very into the whole dipping concept. I think we’ll have to do these again!

March 15, 2011

Culture clash sandwich


Came home late Sunday night, so didn’t have time to go grocery shopping this weekend. What to do for Monday night dinner?

I dug some ground beef out of the freezer, flipped through the cookbook to the meatloaf section, and found a recipe that met these requirements: a) I could throw it together fairly quickly for the slow cooker and b) I had most of the ingredients.

This “meatloaf” called for salsa instead of the tomatoes/ketchup/sauce components, plus some chopped raw onion & oregano. It also called for oats instead of breadcrumbs, but I didn’t have oats, so I used panko instead. Worked great.

I also added some cheddar cheese on top after the meatloaf had come to 165, and let that melt on; then poured a bit more salsa on top (as per the directions).

The final result was this “culture clash” meatloaf sandwich. Delicious! The kids had their meatloaf with polenta and topped everything with more cheese.

February 8, 2011

Sloppy Joes

Last night, we had slow cooker sloppy joes for dinner. This was actually a request from J, they were such a success on previous occasions.

This recipe was adapted from Slow Cooker Favorites Made Healthy, which called for brisket. Small cuts of brisket are hard to find around here, and we don’t have the freezer room to get a large one and cut it down. So I went with good old ground beef. This shortened the cooking time, too.

1 to 2 lbs ground beef
1 10-oz can chopped tomatoes w/ green chile peppers, undrained
8 oz applesauce
3 oz (1/3 c) tomato paste
1/4 c reduced sodium soy sauce
1/4 c packed brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
10-12 hamburger buns, toasted

1. Put meat into slow cooker.
2. In bowl, stir together all other ingredients (except buns), pour over meat.
3. Use a spatula or wooden spoon to break up meat and mix into sauce.
4. Cover and cook on low for 6 hrs or high for 3 hrs.
5. Stir everything together in cooker, making sure the beef chunks are all small enough for sandwiches.
5. Make sandwiches, dividing meat out evenly.

The kids loved these, too – even though KG picked out all the tomatoes (sigh). They insist on being giving whole sandwiches, which sure adds to the fun of sloppy joe night!