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Everyone of us has had those nights where we wish we had the time to make our family (and ourselves!) a delicious home-cooked meal, but we simply didn't. Even the slow cooker, or crock pot option was out of the question because we didn't have time to clean and cut the veggies (yeah, life does get that busy). There is an alternative to the fast-food drive-in: Tyson Beef Roast with Vegetables.
I'm not one who really enjoys the bagged, frozen foods you find in the freezer, or the prepackaged meals you find in the grocery store, but I do occasionally impulse-shop . So...on a whim, I picked up a Tyson Beef Roast with Vegetables and Complimentary Season Packet the last time I went shopping. Though the location might be different for you, in my grocery store this item was located in the refrigerated section...at the end of the meat aisle.
Putting this together really takes no more than four steps:
Step One: Add the required amount of water to your crock pot (it's listed in the directions on the package)
Step Two: Add the seasoning packet and stir well
Step Three: Put the contents of the package into the crock pot
Step Four: Set the slow cooker to either the low or high setting (depending on how long you want it to cook).
We set ours on low and let it cook all day. One thing to note of importance is that the seasoning packet is optional, so using it is not included in the instructions. If you want to use it, make sure it is at step two. It would be impossible to mix it once the cut of meat and the veggies were in place: You would have to remove them all to add the seasoning, which I mayyyybeeee know from experience (live and learn).
We made this on a day that I knew was going to jam-packed full of busy, and the roast just turned out perfect! It was a beautiful cut of meat to begin with, not one that looked or felt cheap in any way, and the (vacuum-sealed) vegetables came out just right too. The family said the finished product looked, smelled, and tasted just like a roast should, and it was a pleasant surprise to come home to (not that the family expected us to have frozen pizza or fast-food on a busy night *hhmmhmm*).
If you slice up a crusty piece of French or Italian Bread to serve alongside this, and offer some fresh fruit in a cup for dessert, you've got yourself a solid and affordable alternative to stand-by staples that are less fulfilling (like the frozen pizza or fast food mentioned above). Kudos to Tyson for making life on busy days that much easier for those of us who make the dinners at home.