Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fast, Delicious Way to Make a Slow Cooker Meal

I couldn't get the photo right (my flash doesn't like the cellophane) but I wanted you to see a picture.

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 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.


Joy said...

Seriously?!?!?!? When will this be in Canada? I NEED this! Totally perfect! Perhaps it's already in Canada and I just don't know it. What section of the store did you get this in?

mail4rosey said...

It was at the end of the meat aisle. It cost a lot less than buying everything separately would have too. Def. worth a try if you see it in the store. It was easy to cook and easy clean up too.

Jenny said...

I have seen those but never actually tried those. My family is really weird about packaged food because I've spoiled them by being home for the last three years. Your post has come just in time! I am starting back to work next week and second shift to boot. I am definitely going to pick one up to try one day. Granted, working seconds and knowing my family there won't be any for me to try but then at least I'll know they liked it. :)

Jennifer H said...

thats so neat!

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest said...

i have a slow cooker and never use it! i don't know why because it really would be something that i think would make my life way easier if i got into it. i think it's the washing it that i don't like. it's so big and i don't have a dishwasher : (

mail4rosey said...

I have a dishwasher but don't use it. :) I think it's easier to clean up after a slow cooker meal...just one pan instead of a bunch, but like you, I sure don't use mine as often as I could to make life easier.

Family Travels on a Budget said...

I like this product -- a great compromise between the expense of eating out and "true" home cooking. Even if it's a bit more expensive than buying things separately, it's a great value compared to the restaurant menu! We use products like these when we vacation -- as long as we have a kitchen to cook in! :)

Lisa Fyfe said...

I have only used our slow cooker for chili. I am going to try this. sounds so easy!

April - My Bizarre Family said...

I love my crock pot! I may try this one day! Thanks

mail4rosey said...

It's really not more expensive than if you bought it all separately. That was one of my favorite things about it. :)

I like to have a kitchen sometimes too on vacation, it saves a ton of money and you get to visit local farmer's markets (if you're lucky).

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog...I really love this convenient packaging for the crock-pot...everything included, and costwise safe money as well. I'll have to look for this at our supermarket.
Thanks for sharing:)

Kristina said...

That is really convenient that you can by the meat and veggies for a meal all in one packet. Makes busy days a whole lot easier!
Thanks for sharing,