Pot Roast – Crock Pot Recipe

Pot Roast is a staple in our house, I just love the way it makes the house smell on a cold, rainy day, like today. With these uncertain times we’re living in, there’s nothing better than good ole comfort food. Last night we had chicken, noodles and mashed potatoes, and now this, I’m full of comfort!

If you know me, you know that I like to keep things pretty simple, especially when it comes to cooking. I’m not into fancy, lengthy recipes with a bunch of steps, and if I can pop it in the crock pot for the day, even better! Here it is and all it’s simpleness:

Crock Pot Pot Roast

Simple ingredients – Crock Pot Pot Roast
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Crock Pot, Family Meals, Pot Roast
Servings: 8

Equipment

  • Crock Pot
  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 T Butter
  • 2 lb Cuck Roast
  • 2 Med Onions
  • 3-4 Med Potatoes
  • 1 C Baby Carrots
  • 16 Ounces Beef Stock
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp seasoning blend of choice (optional) (I like Trader Joe's 21 seasoning salute)

Instructions

  • Chop vegetables into bite size portions
  • Layer vegetables on the bottom of Crock Pot
  • Melt butter over high heat in skillet
  • Season Roast with Salt, Pepper, and any additonal seasoning desired
  • Sear Roast quickly on each side of roast to lock in flavor and juices
  • Place roast in Crock Pot on top of vegetables
  • Add Beef Stock
  • Cook on low heat for 8 hours
  • Enjoy!

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How are Your Kids Adjusting to Quarantine Life?

The New Normal

By now you’re probably settling into this new way of life. Kids are home every day all day, somebody, if not both parents are trying to work from home. I try not to watch the news, but from what I’ve seen off and on, it doesn’t look as if things are going to be back to normal anytime soon.

This morning I woke up, drank my coffee and took the dog for a walk like I’ve been doing every day, this is my solitude. I’ve been pretty positive throughout all of this.  I always wanted to home school my kids and I’m definitely a homebody so staying home doesn’t bother me. But today, I have an itch to get out and do something, to go somewhere.

The thing is, this is not what the country wants right now, maybe I’ll drive to a get a coffee or smoothie just to get away and see what the world looks like. My husband’s been doing any of the store runs we need, he’s not a homebody, so he’s having a harder time than the rest of us.

Take This Time to Focus on Our Kids

With nowhere to go, nothing to do, why not focus our energy on our kids and their health in this time. How are they mentally handling all of this? Could they use a little motivation to get physically active? How about their diet? Do they drink enough water?  Eat enough fiber? Eat too much sugar?

We have time to help raise their awareness and educate them on the importance of being healthy NOW so they are prepared for future pandemics such as these.

Mental/Emotional Check-ins

So where do you start? I recommend with their attitude and emotions. If they’re not doing well mentally and emotionally it will affect every part of their life. Talk to them:

  1. How do they feel about what’s happening in the world? Respond to their fears and concerns with positivity and hope.  
  2. What are they missing right now? Friends? Family? School? Sports? Suggest a Face time/Zoom with friends and family? Play sports with them in the backyard, make a schedule of nightly/daily competitions (I can’t take credit for this idea, my sports loving son came up with it).
  3. Encourage them to start a journal to express their feelings in words.
  4. Are your kids getting enough sleep? Too much sleep? Do they seem overall happy or sad? Sleep as you know, can affect kids in all areas of life, mentally, physically, emotionally. Create a routine to enhance their circadian rhythm.

Physical Check-in

Physical activity for kids is so important.  The benefits of exercise are endless. Being active helps them ward off stress, improves moods, builds strong muscles and bones, improves sleep, and just keeps them overall healthier! However, when they’re feeling confused, down and out of routine their activity may not be a priority.

  1. When was the last time they broke a sweat? Sweating isn’t necessary every day, but kids should be getting good and sweaty from activity every couple of days. It’s an easy natural way to detox their bodies and keep their immune system running efficiently, and it can be fun!
  2. Are they getting daily exercise? With the down time we’re having, what better to do than explore different activities and find something they enjoy. Ride bikes, jog, play a new sport, or an activity they already enjoy.

Nutrition Check-in

Last, but not least, how have they been eating? Not just during quarantine, but for a while now? I feel like this quarantine has given us the perfect time to make some adjustments to their diets, or the whole family’s for that matter. You now have time to cook, time to make healthy substitutions, time to use up those ingredients you bought with good intentions of using a while back.

You have more control over what they’re eating now, so make it nutritious and healthy. Proper nutrition is invaluable, and we are learning this more and more each day. Keep their immune systems running strong with good for them food.

Carbs and Sugar

Carbs are important for energy and most kids don’t have any trouble getting the right amount of carbs. However, limit the added sugar. We all know that sugar isn’t the best for anyone, especially kids, too much of it can weaken their immune system. An easy fix is to just not buy it and it into the house. And if you need a little treat, (which, I think we all need a treat every once in a while), make your own and use a natural sweetener like honey or maple syrup. This is one of my favorite sweet treat recipes: Black Bean Bownies.

Fiber

Have you thought about their fiber intake lately? This is a little harder to track, but with a quick peak at the food labels in the house you can have an idea. Fiber helps them feel full, so less snacking, and helps their digestive tracts work more efficiently. Provide healthy fiber options at each meal to make sure they’re getting enough.

You may be wondering “how much fiber does my kid need?” A simple way to calculate a child’s needs is to take their age and add 5. For example, my 9 year old needs 14 grams of fiber per day.

Best Fiber Foods

  • High Fiber Cereals
  • Beans
  • Pears with skin
  • Potatoes with skin
  • Peas
  • Apples with skin
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Banana
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli

Protein

Don’t forget the protein. So how much protein does your child need? According to Dr. Sears, kids need one gram of protein per pound of weight in younger, growing children, and half a gram per pound for older kids. Protein is the building blocks of bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments therefore, kids need protein every day!

Good Sources of Protein

  • Eggs
  • Legumes
  • Whole Grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Grilled Chicken
  • Fish
  • Dairy products
  • Vegetables
  • Bananas

Hydration

And finally, how’s their water consumption. A good way to know is by the color of their pee (sorry, but true). If you suspect they’re not drinking enough, remind them and have them keep track of how many glasses they’re drinking a day.

Could they be drinking more? Being well hydrated will help their energy and mood. It also detoxifies the body and helps regulate virtually all internal processes.

Photo by Elliot Fais

How’d They Measure Up?

I know that times are tough right now for so many, but if we can keep in mind that our children our going through this too. Stay positive for them and give them your best self. Stick together as a family and focus on the things you can control, and I believe we’ll all come out of this a with healthier, stronger families!

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

This recipe is probably our family’s favorite. Believe it or not, my picky eater even loves it. You wouldn’t think of brussel sprouts as being a vegetable he would eat, but he eats them right up without complaint. I think it’s because they get nice and almost sweet when you roast them with the apples and bacon.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Apples and Bacon

Super easy, delicious roasted brussel sprouts
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brussel Sprouts, Healthy Meal
Servings: 6

Equipment

  • Cast Iron Skillet (this is what I use, but could also use a cookie sheet)

Ingredients

  • 1 package Bacon (Cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 4 Cups Brussel Sprouts (Cut them in half)
  • 4 Medium Cut up Apples (I've used all kinds of apples so whichever you prefer, I tend to use Gala most often)
  • 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I've also used flavored oils, I like tangerine flavor for this)
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Layer the bottom of your skillet or cookie sheet with bacon
  • Cook for 15 minutes
  • Remove bacon from oven and add the brussel sprouts, toss them with the bacon and drizzel with a little olive oil and salt and pepper
  • Place back in oven for another 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and add the apples
  • Toss and drizzle with the remainder of olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Place back in oven for an additional 15 minutes
  • Remove from oven and serve deliciously, healthy, yummy meal

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How to Make a Healthy Smoothie Bowl

Ice cream is a childhood staple, especially during the hot summer days. What’s the next best thing to ice cream? Smoothies! This recipe is so simple and kids love it! Chose your add-ins to please the kiddos, you can make it fruity, chocolatey, peanut butter, cinnamon, any flavor they prefer!

When you make this cold, delicious treat at home, you control the ingredients, no added sugar or artificial anything.

Once again, it has my son’s – Picky Eater Approval!

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Smoothie Bowl (Using Frozen Bananas, Berries, & Peanut Butter)

Smoothie Bowl (Healthy Ice Cream Alternative)
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 people

Equipment

  • Blender or Food Processor

Ingredients

  • 2 Frozen Bananas (Best if frozen over night)
  • 1 C Milk of your choice
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3/4 C Peanut Butter (or add-in of your choice)
  • 2 C Frozen Mixed Berries (or add-in of choice)

Instructions

  • Cut up bananas and freeze, the longer the better
  • Add all ingredients to food processor or blender
  • Blend on low speed for at least 3 minutes, until ice cream consistency

Notes

Add-In Ideas:
Cocoa, Peanut Butter, Fruit, Cinnamon, Nuts, Orgain Protein Powder

Black Bean Brownies – Picky Eater Approved

Check out this delicious and healthy black bean brownie recipe, your kids will love. No need to tell them that they’re actually good for them!

I promise they’re picky eater approved!

Black Bean Brownies

Delicious and Healthy Alternative to traditional brownies
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12

Equipment

  • Food Processor
  • Muffin Tin

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 C Canned Black Beans (washed & drained)
  • 3 T Coconut Oil (melted)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 C Honey (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1 1/4 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 Med Eggs (may use egg substitutes)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees farenheight
  • Grease muffin tins
  • Slowly add each ingredient to food processor beginning with the eggs
  • Fill muffin tins about 3/4 to top with mixture
  • Bake for 25 minutes
  • Let sit for about 5 minutes to cool & enjoy!

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