These past couple weeks with the holidays and traveling I’ve absolutely loved the simple meals. Ya know, not a lot of prep work, full of flavor, not slaving over a hot and tiny stove. This meal doesn’t actually involve the stove at all and requires pretty much 5-10 minutes of prep work depending on how quick you are with a peeler & knife. And even after saying all of that, I’ve always enjoyed how full of flavor this dish is. I loved coming home to my moms slow cooker chugging away. Nowadays the slow cookers looks much fancier but I can still recall the comfy, homey feeling of the cream colored slow cooker with blue flowers and maybe even a goose or duck on the side.
How the time flies! And in saying that, a year has past and we’ve decided to move again. Every year now since we moved into Manhattan in 2006. This time though, we’re signing a 2yr lease so at least we’ll have a break in moves and (this is my favorite part) it has a full sized gorgeous kitchen!!! I’m so ecstatic to get back to a gas range, full oven, full fridge and dish washer I can barely keep still. I still have several weeks to go but I will be dreaming of my beautiful new kitchen every night!
Sorry for that little tangent, couldn’t help myself. If you’re looking for an incredibly simple yet extremely satisfying meal look no further.
Slow Cooker Pot Roast
by my Mom, Gina
2 lb boneless chuck roast
3-4 russet potatoes, peeled & cut into eighths
4-5 carrots, cut into thirds
for slurry: (optional)
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
Season the chuck roast well with salt & pepper on all sides. Place chuck roast in slow cooker, fill half way up roast with water. Add in cubed potatoes & carrots. Season with garlic powder, onion powder & parsley. Place lid on slow cooker & cook on low for at least 8 hours. (Turn it on before work, come home to a full cooked meal!)
When your 8-10 hrs have passed check your roast, it should basically fall apart. Taste & season according to your liking.
If you’d like to thicken the sauce, remove the meat potatoes & carrots for the slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker to high. Whisk your slurry ingredients together then whisk into the sauce in the slow cooker. Let cook a couple minutes until thickened. You can either return your meat & veggies to the slow cooker & mix to coat or plate & cover in sauce.