No need to “carve the roast beast” with this recipe. It is fork tender and will melt in your mouth. This is another menu for your table-for-two here on CoziNest. I like to cook once and serve twice, so this week it’s an old fashioned pot roast recipe one night and beef tacos on another. Before you begin prep, don’t forget to set out your Scrap Bag.

Pot Roast Ingredients

Old Fashioned Pot Roast

Ingredients

  • 1 3 lb. Chuck Roast
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
  • 3-6 New Potatoes, quartered
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 medium yellow onion, quartered
  • 1 container mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom soup
  • 1 envelope dry Lipton Onion Soup Mix
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/4 can beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

Instructions

Heat oil in dutch oven or crock pot with stovetop function. Lightly sprinkle flour, salt and pepper over both sides of pot roast and brown for approximately 3 minutes on each side.. Add potatoes, carrots and onion to the crockpot (and mushrooms if you prefer).

Old Fashioned Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

In a medium size bowl mix soups, wine and worcestershire sauce. Pour over the pot roast and vegetables. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Crockpot Gravy

Canned Green Beans that Taste Better than Fresh

When I was younger and visited my grandmother, she would always insist on cooking lunch for me. She lived within her means and therefore she didn’t prepare anything fancy. But, let me just say that her green beans beat everybody’s, fancy or not! Unfortunately I didn’t get her exact recipe, but tried to create one that sounded as close to hers as possible. I’m titling this recipe in honor of her.

Saute Onions

Nanny’s Canned Green Beans

Ingredients

  • 1 large can of Italian Green Beans
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped roughly
  • 1/2 can hot water
  • 1-2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ham Base Better Than Bouillon
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse canned green beans.
  2. Melt butter in olive oil over medium heat.
  3. Add onion and cook until translucent.
  4. Add beans and sauté for about 3 minutes.
  5. In the empty can of green beans, fill halfway with hot water. Add brown sugar and ham base and stir until dissolved.
  6. Pour over beans and onions and bring to a boil.
  7. Reduce heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

Nanny's Green Beans

Lime & Cilantro Cole Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 1 pkg angel hair cabbage
  • 1 pkg cole slaw mix
  • 4 scallions
  • 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro, torn
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 limes
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl add 1 package of cole slaw mix and 1 package angel hair cabbage. Cut the scallions long and on the bias. Toss the cabbage mix, scallions and cilantro in a large salad bowl.
  2. Make the dressing by combining the sour cream, mayonnaise, sugar and the zest of the limes in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and finish with a squeeze of lime juice. Pour the dressing over the cabbage mixture and toss to combine.

Lemonade Pie Trifle Dish

This is what you do when your Lemonade Pie doesn’t thicken like you wanted it to… You make it into a trifle instead!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large container Cool Whip
  • 1 6-oz. can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed, undiluted
  • 1 can Eagle Brand sweetened, condensed milk
  • 1 9″ graham cracker crust

Mix all together and pour into graham cracker crust. Then when it doesn’t thicken by the next morning, you run to the store and purchase a small Pound Cake or half of an Angel Food Cake and some berries. I don’t like wasting food and while 007 said it tasted delicious, I just couldn’t let him eat thin pudding that was supposed to be a pie. So, because lemon goes well with everything, I layed strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries with Angel Food Cake, and the Lemonade Pudding including the graham cracker crustIt added a delicious taste and texture that you otherwise wouldn’t have in a trifle. I must say that I’m glad it didn’t thicken. I apologize that there’s no picture. I know I took one, but can’t find it anywhere.

The only size lemonade concentrate my grocer carried was 12 ounce, so I prepared a delicious cocktail to have during this extreme heat wave here in the south. It’s similar to a White Lightning.

White Lightning Cocktail

  • 6 ounces of frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 6 ounces of vodka
  • 6 ounces of water
  • ice cubes

Add all to a blender and blend until frozen. Yum!

white lightning cocktail

Pot Roast Tacos

  • Tortillas
  • Refried Beans
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Shredded Cheese
  • Lime & Cilantro Slaw
  • Old Fashioned Pot Roast

Assemble tacos beginning with refried beans and ending with slaw. Serve with chips and salsa.

Beef Taco

If by chance, you still have roast leftover, in my opinion, there’s nothing better than a roast beef sandwich on white wheat bread, slathered with mustard. Happy roasting this week!

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