Cook Once, Eat Twice from the Slow Cooker

Cook Once, Eat Twice Pot Roast | eMeals

During the busy holiday season, it’s the simple recipes that make all the difference. The ones that help you save time (by getting you in and out of the kitchen in a flash) and money (by stretching leftovers across multiple meals). This handy recipe checks all those boxes! With only seven ingredients and a prep of only 15 minutes (seriously!), this recipe is a simple crowd-pleaser. It’s not fancy, and that’s exactly what makes it so perfect for busy weeknights.

Cook Once, Eat Twice Pot Roast | eMeals

The day-two recipe—easy, warm pot roast sandwiches—can be whipped up in no-time flat. Serve it with hot-from-the-oven French fries or a quick bagged salad for a dinner you can get on the table without wracking your brain at the end of a long day. Invite the kids to help assemble the sandwich and wrap it in aluminum foil, and you might even gain some fun family time too!

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Saucy Pot Roast and Potatoes
Don't have time to add the potatoes to the slow cooker after 4 hours? Dump them in at the beginning and they'll be extra-tender after the 6 hours total cook time.
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eMeals Plan: 30-Minute Meals
Serves: 6
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 lb boneless chuck roast, trimmed
  • 21/2 cups beef broth
  • 3 baking potatoes, cut into 2-inch cubes
  1. Combine garlic, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper; rub all over roast. Place roast in a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker; add broth.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW 4 hours. Add potatoes. Cover and cook 2 hours longer or until potatoes and roast are tender.
  3. Remove roast and potatoes from slow cooker, reserving gravy in cooker. (Shred and reserve half of roast and 1 cup gravy for Beefy Sandwiches with Au Jus.)
  4. Slice or shred remaining roast, and serve with potatoes and remaining gravy.

Beefy Sandwiches with Au Jus
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eMeals Plan: 30-Minute Meals
Serves: 6
  • Reserved beef and gravy (from Saucy Pot Roast and Potatoes)
  • 1 French bread baguette
  • 2 cups sliced or shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Separate reserved roast from the gravy; shred beef.
  2. Slice baguette lengthwise, cutting to but not through the other side. Stuff bread with beef and cheese; wrap entire loaf in foil.
  3. Bake 10 minutes or until heated.
  4. Meanwhile, microwave reserved gravy just until hot. Cut loaf into 6 portions. Serve sandwiches with au jus for dipping.

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-Text by Ashley Leath

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