There is a small joke between me, my mom, and my sister that I think they will never let me live down. It revolves around coming up with a title. Many moons ago when I was in middle school, Mom, Sis, and I were sitting around our kitchen table trying to come up with a winning title for our annual elementary school fair/fundraiser. The fair is a “Cochon de Lait” where whole pigs are roasted hanging above a fire pit. Each year students were given the opportunity to come up with a theme that would be put on t-shirts, signs, etc. Mom and Sis were spewing out titles left and right. Past titles included “The Times Pigayune,” which is a play off of the local newspaper, The Times Picayune and “Squeal of Fortune” to name a couple. My very intelligent self got really excited and shouted out “Pigs in a Pot.” Needless to say, they and I still laugh about my dry, uncreative title revolving around pigs being cooked in a pot although the pigs are actually roasted.
On another note, I actually did cook my cow err beef roast in a pot on Sunday night for the first time. I never knew pot roast on the stovetop was so simple. I have always opted for the slow cooker or oven when cooking roasts in the past. Atop the roast was the directions for browning the roast and simmering it in a small amount of liquid until tender. Below is what I did.
2.5 pounds beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder to taste
1 can beef broth (reduced sodium)
1 can of french onion soup (reduced sodium)
Directions: Heat oil over medium heat. Meanwhile, season roast with salt, pepper, etc. Place roast in pot to brown on all sides about 4-5 minutes per side. Drain any oil from pot before continuing. Next pour in broth and soup. Cover, lower heat to medium-low and simmer for 2.5-3 hours until tender. Baste with liquid periodically during cooking.
The super simple pot roast turned out fantastic served over brown rice and peas. Chris and I ate the roast for dinner Sunday and I just had some for dinner tonight.
For my other meals today I enjoyed a whole wheat english muffin with banana, peanut butter and cinnamon + chai.
Lunch included some Sante Fe Ravioletti Soup defrosted from frozen. I also had a satsuma from Sis’s tree.
On my way to the gym I tried out a new Larabar I purchased at Academy Sports and Outdoors this past Saturday. I found the chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar and it tasted much like cookie dough. And I love the short, natural ingredient list.
My cardio workout included 30 minutes on the hard Precor elliptical, 5 minutes on the bike, and 5 minutes on the stairmaster. I concluded with some stretching and abdominal floor work. Now I am going to chill and perhaps read some of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo that I just picked up at Wal-Mart along with some prizes for our 100th student through the halls on the 100th Day of School. Phew!! I made it through another hundred school days. Only 80 more to go!
Do you have any funny anecdotes to share?