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Pot Roast to Boast About

May 5th, 2014 No Comments Tags: ,

I decided to make a comforting pot roast on a rainy spring day. This 1-pot wonder simmered as I wrote this post and made me wonder why I have taken so long to make this…

Ingredients
2 kg beef pot roast (cross rib, blade or brisket)
sea salt and pepper to season
30 mL vegetable oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cooking onion, cut into wedges lengthwise
50 mL red wine
284 mL can condensed mushroom soup (undiluted)
250 mL dried mushrooms, soaked, straining (reserve liquid)
250 mL diced green beans, quartered button mushrooms
30 mL chopped parsley

Instructions
1. Pat roast dry and season all over with salt and pepper. Using a heavy pot, add oil and heat to medium high, then brown the roast all over for 8-10 minutes using tongs, turning often. Remove roast and set aside.
2. Add garlic and onion to pot and reduce the heat to medium and cook until lightly browned for about 3-4 minutes. Add more oil if necessary. Stir in wine, scraping up any brown bits at the bottom of the pot. Stir in mushroom soup, soaked dried mushrooms and the liquid. Add the roast.
3. Cover with a tight fitting lid and simmer on the stove-top over low heat ~325 degrees F for 2 hours, maintaining a constant simmer. Turn roast over, scatter remaining vegetables and cook an additional 30-45 minutes until veggies and meat are fork tender.
4. Season sauce to taste and add parsley.
5. Serve veggies and sauce with the sliced roast.

Commentary
I had some carrots in my fridge so I decided to add this to my pot about 45 minutes before I added the other veggies. I felt so inspired, I wrote this rhyme!

Pot roast
I boast
Tastes unreal
No big deal

Prepare ahead
Meat & veg
Simmer time
Tastes divine

Pot shot
Use 1 I’ve got
Not much mess
Clean up is less!

Making more?
Other meals in store!
Free time
To write this rhyme :-)

Recipe courtesy of Canada Beef Inc.

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Getting Started – Fab 4 [not 44] Food Fundamentals

May 2nd, 2014 No Comments Tags: , , , , ,

The world of dieting is like the wild west on steroids, don’t you think? Amidst our busy lives you’d think that KISS principle would prevail. Sadly, many people feel the more far fetched and challenging a regime is the more willing some become lured in to try it.

I have said many times that “diet” has the word “die” in it, which can’t be good for anybody. Food richness should fill you up and make you strong and healthy not deplete every cell in your being.

My e-book Skinny on Slim, The Little Black Dress of Diet Books is different because it discusses many aspects of lifestyle and ways to motivate yourself before even talking about food in Chapter 7. Many diet books have a long menu of restrictions and rules that make you hungry, listless, cranky making you crave food you can’t have. Mine doesn’t. Following the premise “all food fits” I have a Fab 4 [not 44] list of food fundamentals to get you started to help you eat better:

¤ 1) Get your 5-10 a day – Veggie Might?

¤ 2) Get your 3 a day – Be a dairy queen

¤ 3) Think about your drink – eat your calories don’t drink your calories

¤ 4) Beware, Be Aware – Food Awareness – for packaged and restaurant food choices

There are oodles of tips and tidbits to learn how to trade off throughout the book to help you tip the scale in your favour. Get all of the juicy details, won’t you? Something delightful to gnaw on, that’s for sure!

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