April 05, 2011

Quick and Easy Meals

On Sunday I had a nice big eye round roast to make for dinner. My boys wanted me to make it in the slow cooker of all things. They love how meats cooked in the slow cooker just shred apart. I'd never make an eye round like that before but figured what the heck, it was going to be a busy day anyway, made my life easier.

This was around 11am so I knew I had to get it started quick. I decided skeptically to try something simple I've read about but never tried...

I cut the eye round roast in half to fit it in the slow cooker, dumped in a packet of beefy onion soup mix, added some Italian seasonings, and of all things a can of coke. I cooked it on low for about 7 hours.

It turned out to be one of the best roasts ever! Eye round can tend to be very dry, but this one sure wasn't! I just made some baked potatoes and green beans to go with it. I spent all of 10 minutes in the kitchen. This made a great weeknight meal.  I'll definitely be making it again.

Unfortunately, I somehow completely forgot to take photos - but didn't forget to take a few last night when we had the leftovers...


I just shredded the remaining beef and heated it in brown gravy. I served it over egg noodles, topped it all off with sauteed mushrooms and steamed broccoli on the side. This was definitely one of those good old fashioned comfort kind of meals!


Linking up to:

28 comments:

  1. Who'd have thought that this would turn out so well with such simple ingredients! Those photos are amazing martha! They make me want to dive into that plate of pasta and gobble my way through it.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love your last pic..looks so delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love beef on pasta - delicious!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Even the leftovers look wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I need a slow cooker like nobodies business, great meal.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am so impressed. I use my slow cooker at least once a week; this simple recipe is a keeper.I must say your leftovers were pretty tempting Martha.
    Rita

    ReplyDelete
  7. Stopping by from Dr. Laura's Tasty Tuesday. Dinner looks good! Yum!
    brenda
    www.busymomonthego.com

    ReplyDelete
  8. This place is so relaxing and I love your food.You are one of my choices for the Stylish Blogger Award.Pls drop by at my blog for details.Thanks
    http://www.cookiedropletsetcbymarelie.com/2011/04/i-cant-believe-lisa-gave-me-this-award.html

    ReplyDelete
  9. Oh yeah. Slow cookers totally save the day!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Oh my my, this looks heavenly. I love food like this. I'm going to have to try the cola thing - that sounds interesting. :)

    ReplyDelete
  11. Quick and easy always produce the best results.
    :-) Mandy

    ReplyDelete
  12. This sounds lovely Martha, and your leftovers dish looks scrumptious! I love how long, slow cooking makes the most of meat. And I love the marinade you cooked it in too. Thank you for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Blog Hop.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Looks and sounds fabulous! I love a good eye of round roast and can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    ReplyDelete
  14. Woo-hoo! This looks great. I'm going to have to try this soon!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hi Martha, those look delicious! And your excellent photography makes it even more so.
    I use pressure cooker to tenderize joints. I wonder if there's any difference in the food taste or quality.
    Thanks for stopping by at The Farm. I'm going to be enjoying following you too.

    Grandpa
    Life on The Farm

    ReplyDelete
  16. although I don't eat beef, I have to say the photos are great. Love the caramelized mushrooms on top.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I saw the recipe yesterday, and I've got it cooking in the crock pot today. I hope it's half as good as it looks!

    ReplyDelete
  18. I too have never attempted an eye round roast for just that reason; fear of a dried out roast. Can't wait to buy one and try this.
    Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Looks delicious and your photography is wonderful!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting the Follow Friday 40 and Over Blog Hop!

    I am now following you too!

    I would also like to invite you to join the Over 40 Bloggers Club!! Take a look and join in the fun!

    Have a wonderful weekend!!

    ReplyDelete
  21. Looks really delicious!
    Lovely blog, great work!
    Short Poems

    ReplyDelete
  22. I make pork roasts with lipton soup mix all the time...but a can of coke??! Wow. I guess I'll have to (nervously) try it!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Martha, thanks for linking this to Let's Do Brunch. These are super delicious looking.

    Please send me the recipe URL for QED. I am not sure which one to use.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love delicious ideas for using leftovers! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul Hop!

    BTW, I am your latest follower.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I wouldn't think to use the crock pot either because the eye of round is so lean. When I think of the crock pot, I am using things with a lot of connective tissue, lick chuck roasts. Sounds like it turned out wonderfully.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Thank you for linking this to Let's Do Brunch too! It looks so good! The linky is up again for this week, and I'd love it if you would come along and join in again :)

    ReplyDelete
  27. What a perfect meal! And I love anything that can be left in a slow cooker all day and turn out perfectly. I'm a mushroom fanatic, so I doubt it will be long before I give this recipe a try!

    ReplyDelete
  28. This sounds amazing! Will have to try beef with coke! Genius. A slow cooker is the next thing on my kitchen equipment list

    Daisy Dayz Home
    Cross-Jones-Photography Home

    ReplyDelete