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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Getting our Roast on ... Slow Cooker Classic Pot Roast

Sunday Supper Meal Idea!  Who doesn't love a Roast on Sunday?  And to be on the skinny version?  YUP it was so yummy and the kids loved it so much!

Next on our roast list to do was a Slow Cooker Classic Pot Roast I found on Skinny Ms., a great site for Weight Watcher recipes.   The Rick and his buddies worked the SeaHawks welcome home parade after they won the superbowl and it was a VERY cold day.  I figured when they got home they would need something warm and filling so I made this.  It was perfect, even the boys who sometimes don't eat all their meals finished up their plates!

3 large carrots, peeled and sliced (optional, 2 cups baby carrots)
2 medium red potatoes, sliced into wedges (optional, 8 small red potatoes)
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
2 bay leaves
1 (3 pound) boneless chuck roast or tenderloin for an extra lean cut
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 cups beef broth, fat free, low sodium
Kosher or sea salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons cornstarch or Tapioca starch (optional)
2 tablespoons water (optional)

Add carrots, potatoes, onion, bay leaves, roast, garlic, vinegar and broth to slow cooker, in that order. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, cover and cook on low 6-8 hours or until internal temperature of roast has reached 145 degrees and vegetables are tender. If using a Set 'n Forget slow cooker, set the internal temperature of the roast to reach 145 degrees.

For a thicker gravy, combine cornstarch and water, pour into slow cooker the last 15 minutes of cooking time, for a thicker sauce.

ALEXIS NOTES: I used a pork roast (well because I'm cheap .. lol), I only had chicken broth on hand which was fine since I used pork instead of beef.  I had yellow potatoes on hand instead of red.  My sauce wouldn't thicken up like I liked so I did make a roux (light butter & flour) and put it on the stove to thicken it up.  I took the meat and veggies out and put in my roaster pan in the oven to keep it warm until the guys got home.

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