Around this time of the college semester, my time is really limited. Mid-terms are going on, papers and projects are coming up on their due dates, and it seems like everything is happening at once. I'm still trying to get my writing time in, too. And now, the Texas Rangers have gone and gotten themselves into the World Series for the first time ever. I can't very well not watch that.
In order to make it all work, I'm having to come up with ways to save time. The first thing that usually goes is cooking. I'll often resort to eating out. For heath and monetary reasons, I'd prefer not to do that.
When things like this come up in the summer, a lot of times I'll make a big pasta salad and load it up with fresh vegetables and lean proteins, and then eat on it for a few days. But the weather is cooling off, and I'd rather eat something warm. I've got a crock pot, so I think I'm going to make a pot roast. I'm going to need more ideas than that, though.
Here's my favorite pot roast recipe. And be sure to use crock pot liners for easy clean up.
Put a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil in a skillet and put it on high heat. Generously salt and pepper your pot roast on all sides, then sear it. Transfer the roast to the crock pot. Add one package of dry onion soup mix and one can of cream of mushroom soup. Cook it on low heat for a minimum of eight hours, until it falls apart with a fork. If you want to add potatoes, carrots, etc., they can go in with about three hours left of cooking time.
What are your favorite crock pot recipes for this time of year? And do you have any other time saving meal tips?