Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

My Perfectly Perfect Pot Roast Adventure!

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I’m on a mission to create a few go-to crock-pot meals my family will actually eat. Overall they are such good eaters UNTIL you mix everything together. Then they poke and prod at their plates, making faces and picking out the one or 2 things they will eat out of the stew.

I, on the hand, am a comfort food junkie! Chilies, stews, soups and casseroles are all more than OK in my book. I don’t need 3 things in separate corners of my plate.

After a few attempts, I finally have most of the family on board with my Simple Chicken and Oat Stew With Northern Beans. I’m hoping the 2-year-old comes around when he realizes he’s outnumbered.

Yesterday I finally decided to cook the pot roast that came in the farm share a few weeks ago. I figured having sliced meat with potatoes and carrots all separate on the plate even though they were cooked together would be a good baby step for the boys.

There was only one problem: I froze the roast and forgot to defrost it the night before.

My Perfectly Perfect Pot Roast Adventure! Little did I know, my mistake may have helped me make the most perfect roast ever! I’m talking crowd pleaser all around. Husband, 8-year-old AND 2-year-old happily ate and complimented me on dinner.

Yes, this is going down in history!

I shall share what I did in hopes that you can re-create this miracle in your house…

  • 1 Eye round roast, about 5 pounds, frozen solid
  • 4 baking potatoes, halved
  • Handful of baby-cut carrots or a few carrots, chopped in large pieces
  • 1 large red onion
  • 4-5 garlic cloves
  • 1 12 oz bottle of beer (I used Sam Adams Chocolate Cherry Bock)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (33g) whole wheat flour

Since my roast was frozen I made a bath for it in my sink and let it sit in the water while preparing all the additional ingredients.

defrosting pot roast

For sides to the roast I pulled out what I had on hand: A handful of baby carrots, 4 baking potatoes (1 per person), 1 large red onion, and garlic.

This is where I tell you to use what you have on hand. There is no wrong answer. If you have red potatoes, even better as I had to only halve the baking ones so they didn’t turn to complete mush. Red potatoes would hold up better. Only have a sweet onion? Perfect. No carrots? Skip ’em. Want to add in a bag of frozen peas? AWESOME! Sweet potato fan? They could work. Just cut really large pieces.

Don’t be scared of making recipes your own. Cooking should be a fun adventure not a stressful event.

OK, now that I got that out of my system, I halved the potatoes (with skin on) and loosely chopped the garlic.

Still needing my roast to thaw a bit more, I moved on to my gravy base. A friend gave me a few of these Sam Adams beers because he said, “I figured you could cook with them or something.

cherry chocolate bock

HA! He was right.

I whisked the beer with the Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and flour.

pot roast gravy ingredients

It was time to sear the meat. The roast was defrosted enough to be released from the plastic. That would have to do.

I heated a heavy skillet over medium-high heat and sprinkled all sides of the roast with salt and pepper. Then I seared it on all sides.

searing pot roast

Believe me, that sucker was still frozen solid in the middle.

Once it was seared I put it in the crock pot with all the other ingredients and poured the beer mixture on top.

pot roast in crockpot before

I pushed some of the potatoes down, covered and cooked it on low for 8 hours.

After 8 hours of the house smelling awesome, I uncovered this.

pot roast in crockpot before

I removed the roast to let it rest and left the crock pot uncovered to help the gravy thicken a bit more.

I was shocked to see how amazing the roast sliced.

sliced pot roast

Any other time I’ve made a pot roast it always did that shredding thing, which is yummy but slices are an easier sell to the kids.

The meat was tender, slightly moist and delicious.

I served the meat with 2 potato halves and a scoop of carrots and onion with the juice drizzled on top.

Pot roast finished plate.

I loved EVERY bite! The potatoes were creamy and delicious. The carrots soft but not overcooked. The onion was sweet, and the meat was amazing.

My best pot roast to date!

Here’s a peek at my dinner table last night. Notice no tears.

GreenLiteBites diner table

Makes me smile. :)

These meals are always hard for me to calculate nutritional information. If you are counting just use a general point per ounce estimate and count how many potatoes you eat. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow.

See other recipes using: beef, beer, carrots, potatoes, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce

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    January 13, 2014

    WIN! Isn't it awesome when the whole family eats and nobody bitches? So rare around my house. =) As for the frozen roast, I always do them frozen in my crockpot and they turn out great. Not sure if that's a no-no, but I do it all the time with good results, but my crockpot also cooks really high. I find that each one cooks a little bit differently, but what a cool tool to bring awesome dinners to the table without a lot of babysitting. I suspect the slicing thing worked out well because of the cut of roast. Eye of round typically holds its shape and slices beautifully. I think that's what the delis use for roast beef that you can buy for sandwiches.


    January 13, 2014

    Sounds delicious. I can't wait to try it. When do you add the flour?


      January 13, 2014

      Good catch! I whisked it with the beer. I'll edit the post. Thanks!!


    January 14, 2014

    Eye Round roast is the best! I never had a roast hold together like that cut. I usually brown it in my electric fry pan and put in onions and peppers and let it cook on the lowest low for hours. It's wonderful at holding together and when cold holds up also for slicing for sandwiches.


    January 14, 2014

    Comfort food..... that's what I want! Cannot wait to try this!


    January 14, 2014

    If I were the Nutritional Information per serving, where would I be hiding...? ;-) Thanks!! Chris


      January 14, 2014

      LOL Chris. Read the last paragraph. :)


    January 14, 2014

    Opppppssssss. Thanks. ;-)


    January 15, 2014

    Your roast recipe popped in my inbox at the perfect time! I planned on cooking roast for dinner last night. Your recipe turned out GREAT! My husband was very pleased. :) Thanks for sharing.


    January 22, 2014

    WOW that looks like the perfect meal to make for a cold winter night. My husband thinks cooking with beer is a waste of beer, but if it tastes that good, I'm willing to try it!


    January 27, 2014

    made this last week and it was great! Perfect comfort food and SOOO easy! I do think it could use a bit more seasoning. Any suggestions? Maybe a bay leaf?


      January 27, 2014

      SO glad you like it! A few bay leaves would be a great addition! Maybe up the garlic? Add some Thyme??