Crock Pot (slow cooker) family meals were not something I grew up knowing much about. My mom was a stay at home mom who made dinner at dinner time each night and I don’t think slow cooker meals were that popular at that point. Now that I’m a full-time working mom with a family, trying to find time to figure out what to make for dinner and finding the time to do so, while also chasing around a toddler, gets harder and harder to do. When I heard about Kraft Recipe Makers, I had to check them out. Lennox and I headed to Walmart to find all the ingredients we needed to make this family meal. You can see all our photos from our shopping trip on Google+.
I found the Kraft Recipe Makers in the pasta aisle and after looking at all the different flavors, I thought the best for our holiday weekend would be New England Pot Roast (fitting, huh?). Each Recipe Makers kit comes with a simmering sauce and a finishing sauce, so you just need to get the core ingredients and head back to the kitchen! Some of the kits are for slow cookers, but some are also for baking or cooking in a skillet – so you have a wide variety of choices. What was even better was that the recipe is right on the back of the package, easy enough!
Before I tell you how my dinner came out and how I made the dinner, I have to say this was about the easiest crock pot meal I have ever made and it took me maybe 10 minutes to prep for. That in my book, is about as simple as it gets! So here is what I did:
Crock Pot New England Pot Roast with Kraft Recipe Makers
The first step is to add the meat to the bottom of the crock pot and then add all your vegetables on top. I cut up the onion into wedges and quartered the red potatoes. I used a little more than a pound of potatoes as well, as we like a lot of potatoes in with our roast. Once you add all of that to your crock pot, you want to pour the Classic Herb Simmer Sauce that is in the Kraft Recipe Maker kit, on to the top of the vegetables. It seems like there needs to be some liquid in there, but trust me, you won’t need it. All the water and juices from the veggies and roast will come out and give you a lot of sauce/gravy!
I set my crock pot on high for 5 hours and walked away. You could set it for 7-8 hours on low too. After the 5 hours, the veggies were cooked perfectly (not too soggy) and the roast was falling apart. As you can see, there was plenty of liquid in there too.
The next step is to mix in the finishing sauce that is also included in the Kraft Recipe Kit. Let that continue to cook on high for 15 minutes and then you are ready to serve! That’s it! Like I said, it was really easy and it came out to be really yummy. I was a little nervous it either wouldn’t have enough flavor or it would be really salted and honestly, it was really good! It was not very salty and it had a good flavor (and smell).
So if you are looking for an easy solution for family dinners, Kraft Recipe Makers are really something you should try out! I know I will be making this again soon!
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