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Slow Cooker Roast Beef

Mmm Mmm cooking just doesn’t get any easier then this! In under 5 minutes I can get these ‘one pot wonders’ ready to cook.

I have been making One Pot Wonders for years. They are the easiest, fastest, and least complicated things to cook. Whether you use a slow cooker, Instant Pot, Cast Iron Pot, or sheet pan, I call em all ‘One Pot Wonders”. They can be very health too.

So Easy!

It doesn’t get much better than this especially if you are busy with life and work and don’t have a lot of time to prep for cooking or for actual hands on cooking.

In today’s one pot wonder, I put into the slow cooker, 2 carrots on the bottom under for the roast…like a little rack :-), the roast seasoned with salt and pepper, some potatoes and onions around the side and then topped with a no name brand tomato and herb sauce and a little water in the bottom. I then put a little seasoning salt on the whole thing.

I will slow cook this all day and it will be delicious! When looking for your tomato sauce I just use the kind you would use for pasta but look for low sodium, low sugar content (under 5 gm) and with no preservatives that are not natural. This makes it healthier for the fam.

Oh and if you are wondering how to cook it in the slow cooker? That my friends you will have to figure out. It’s called ‘getting to know your slow cooker’. ๐Ÿ™‚ I personally use the old fashion kind that has High, Low, and Off. lol. My older sister brought over a digital one on Christmas Eve full of meatballs earlier in the day for me to use later that night, and ummm let’s just say the struggle was real ๐Ÿ™‚ The good news is you can pick up slow cookers galore at the second hand stores! I have several. Some of them even have a ‘stay warm’ setting which is handy.

I personally am not a meat and potatoes person, but my hubby will gobble this all up and if we are lucky there might even be some beef left… and don’t forget saucy juice left in the bottom of the pan which I can use to make something else like a delicious soup. I waste nothing. Even if there is a potato left, it will be used for breakfast potatoes, to thicken soup, etc. etc. There are hundreds of amazing uses for small amounts of left overs. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay well gotta run and get ready to meet someone for lunch that I met at the Landlord’s meeting last week. I will be sharing some tips on being a landlord… or landperson? ๐Ÿ™‚ Either way it’s all good. Time to put my business coaching hat on… have a great day and get those slow cookers working for you. Your time is valuable ๐Ÿ™‚

UPDATE: Since writing this post this morning here are the final results:

The finished roast in the slow cooker. Fork Tender. It looks red on top because of the tomatoes sauce but it’s cooked PERF!
What’s leftover…. not much… told you hubs would gobble it all up ๐Ÿ™‚ but enough to do some good things with ๐Ÿ™‚
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A Little Inspiration

I must say I personally have been inspired by the new Canada Food Guide to work more at cooking from scratch. I have written a blog post recently about the new Canada Food Guide and if you like, you can read it here:ย Link to Previous Canada Food Guide Blog Post about En-JOY-ing our Food

Today I picked up these adorable measuring nesting bowls with lemons on them. Lately I am in love with lemons, especially starting my day with warm lemon water. I find now that I am creating more food and new recipes of my own, I can never have enough measuring cups, especially when it comes to preparing my mise en place.

Mise en placeย (French pronunciation:ย โ€‹[mi zษ‘ฬƒ หˆplas]) is a French culinary term which means “putting in place” or “everything in its place.” It refers to the set up required before cooking, and is often used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients ex. chopped veggies, sauces, cuts of meat, spices, herbs etc. Basically it’s getting your ingredients and utensils ready before you cook.ย ย 

I first learned of mise en place last year while taking my Forks Over Knives plant based cooking school, of which, I am a proud graduate.

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I am finding that I am getting more JOY from preparing my food and having things like these bowls that make me smile while I am doing it. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also love how these bowls ‘nest’ making for easy storage.

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I would love to hear what inspires you in your kitchen?

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Canada’s Food Guide Says to En-JOY our Food! Yipee!

The new Canada Food Guide was just recently updated and released. It has a lot of great things in it.

Toward the bottom of this post I will share their eating recommendations with links right to the official Government of Canada site, but what I am really en-JOY-ing are these recommendations:

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I love that they are encouraging us to be mindful and present and aware of our food, what we put into our bodies, and to really connect with that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is also so encouraging. I know that we are all busy but cooking and preparing our food should be of the utmost priority if we want to have a healthy and balanced life. And it can be so much fun. I myself, finally started using my Instant Pot and am eager to dig in and try new things. In fact, I am doing so, while I am writing this blog post…. I take a little break and prep a few ingredients. In this case I am chopping some veggies for a tomato sauce I am going to make.

I have written articles in the past about getting our kids involved and making it fun. In my community they now have programs where they are teaching kids to cook from scratch and I love that.

Happy family in the kitchen cooking dinner together

Let’s commit to doing this in the home more too. It’s a great way to get the kids off of screen and available to share conversation with you so you can find out how they are feeling and what is going on in their life, at the same time as teaching valuable skills.ย  And if you feel you are lacking in your cooking skills, why not watch a Youtube video or cooking show together with the kids or other family members or friends, and try out a recipe with guidance.ย  The Canada Food Guide website has great recipes also.ย  You can sign up here to get recipes too!ย Sign up for Recipes from Canada Food Guide

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Well we’ve talked about cooking together, but even more fun is eating together. Try to make time to have sit down meals with your family, even if it’s just a night or two a week, if your schedule is hectic.ย  And better yet, why not make it special too. At our house we put out placemats and often I like to use a pretty plate or special serving dish to enhance the whole experience. The more sacred and special we make mealtimes, the more beneficial they are to our health all around.

If you live alone, why not reach out and suggest to another person, who is in your same shoes, to get together and cook a meal or to prep a few meals for your upcoming week? This can be a great way to offset lonelinessย and foster a sense of community and being connected. Food has been a catalyst, since the beginning of time, to connect people. It is a common thread that is woven into everyday of our lives.

I hope you en-JOY-ed today’s thoughts on the new Canada Food Guide. And please feel share this blog post so that we can inspire others to eat healthier and cook more often and together. ๐Ÿ™‚ And as promised here are the links for more detailed information about the new Canada food guide here:

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.ย 

Limit highly processed foods. If you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts.

Make water your drink of choice

Use food labels

Be aware that food marketing can influence your choices

Maggie Holbik.com isย  a Board Certified Nutritionist and Certified Life Coach who goes on and off with her spurts of cooking and developing recipes. However, she’s learned not to judge herself so much anymore, because that does not make her feel good, :-), so she just keeps plugging away and always looks for ways to add in more JOY in her life, and food is one of her favorites! ๐Ÿ™‚

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