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Pot Roast and Vegetable Soup

on June 16, 2015

It’s summer time and people’s thoughts have turned to salads and ice cream. I’m all for a good salad, but not every day. And, even in the summertime, I like a good solid meal in the middle of the day. You know, a meat and potatoes kind of meal that will stay with me through the afternoon.

The problem with this time of year is that making a meat and potatoes meal can heat up my little, no-air-conditioning house if it means turning on the oven. So the crockpot is as much my friend in the summer as it is in the winter.

This past weekend I made a pot roast for dinner with my dad. It was pretty simple. I started with a good roast that I seared in a skillet with some olive oil. I then put it in the crock with carrots, onions and cubes of butternut squash. I added enough water to cover the food and seasoned it with  salt, pepper, oregano (about a teaspoon each) and a couple of cloves of garlic.

It turned out really tender and yummy and didn’t overheat the house at all. When it was done there was quite a bit of broth left in the crock. Sometimes I make gravy, but this time I bypassed that.

I didn’t want to waste all that rich broth, so the next night I put the broth back in my handy-dandy superhero of the kitchen. I added big chunks of carrots, potatoes, celery, fried ground beef and a can of diced tomatoes with green chilies, then spiced it with some red pepper flakes and cilantro.

The next morning when I got up for work, I had a delicious soup waiting for me to pack in my lunch bag for the day. Between that and the roast, I had lunches for the whole week!

And, as you know–par for the course–I didn’t think ahead to take a picture of the roast, but I did snap a photo of my soup at lunch on Monday. 🙂


Veggie Soup


4 responses to “Pot Roast and Vegetable Soup

  1. Carole Brown says:

    Yummy to both! You’re making me hungry. 🙂

  2. nosyjosie says:

    Yummy! I purchased a crock pot and have YET to cook in it. Grr

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