I had some beef eye round steaks in the freezer, so I decided to use them in a pot roast bag to make dinner a lot simpler.I’d been in the mood for pot roast so this was going to be a perfect dinner. I trimmed the edge of fat off the steaks and I have to say, I was a little surprised to see how lean they were. I’ve never had or cooked eye round steaks.
I opened up a McCormick Pot Roast bag, layered in the steaks, added in one cut up onion, some baby carrots and potatoes. I mixed up the seasoning mix with water, poured it over the mixture and found it wasn’t quite enough liquid. So I used half a pack of onion soup mix, mixed it up with water and poured that in. closed up the bag and baked it for 1 hr and 20 minutes.
It came out perfect. There wasn’t a lot of “gravy” in the bag but I think it’s due to my choice in using a leaner cut of beef and it not releasing a lot of water during the cooking process. It was a great dinner that provided leftovers for the next day!
I decided I wanted to make something in the Crock pot for dinner because it just simplifies things for me – especially since I travel for work.It’s not a terribly long commute, but in traffic it can get entirely annoying and put a huge damper on my dinner plans.So to deter that annoyance and being ahead of the game with pre-planning my meals I rely on my Crock pot.A crock pot has truly been a time saver (life saver?) for me for many years.If you’re not aware you’d be surprised the things you can make in your Crock pot – from breakfast items to dessert with everything in between.
I had picked up a McCormick seasoning pack in Italian Herb Chicken and it had been sitting in my pantry cabinet waiting to be used. I was trying to figure out dinner and spotted the packet, realized I had everything needed to make it and onto the dinner menu it went.Originally the packet called for mushrooms but my boyfriend isn’t a big mushroom fan so I substituted for onion and peppers.
To make this all I needed was 2 pounds of chicken, two cans diced tomato, one can tomato paste, the McCormick seasoning pack and the vegetables of my choice (peppers and onions).I actually also added minced garlic to the crock pot because I put garlic in almost everything!
After setting my crock pot and “forgetting it” I found the end product was very much a chicken cacciatore.It was delicious and I did serve this over white rice.
Weight Watcher Point Plus wise I measured out my chicken (3 ounces) and gave it 3 points plus for the chicken with some veggies.My rice (1 cup) was an additional 5 points plus values.8 Points plus was not bad for a delicious, homemade and simple dinner.
Apologies for not having the plated version photographed – I took a picture but my camera was evidentially hungry.
Do you have a Crockpot you use to help simplify cooking?
I currently am subscribed to the Cravebox program.Cravebox is similar to a Birchbox subscription but in this box the boxes are geared more towards food (and food related items), a healthy living and some beauty.This particular box is a special/limited edition box – centered around Cooking Light.I signed up to be included in the box availability drawing and was selected.The reason I signed up is because I’m a Weight Watchers member and am always looking for something new to test out in the kitchen.I know in the past Cravebox has provided magazine subscriptions so part of me had a glimmer of hope that that would be the case this time around.The box arrived and I will say the one item I was most excited about was the Torani syrup.I’m a huge coffee lover and I purchase my Sugar Free Torani syrups on Amazon.
Here’s what I received in my box:
–Perfect Pinch Salt Free Garlic & Herb Seasoning by McCormick (x2)
–Nectresse 100% natural, no calorie sweetened by Splenda
–Tully’s French Roast Coffee
–Fruit Crisps by Dole – flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Peach and Apple Pear
–Salted Caramel sugar free syrup by Torani
–Coupons, recipe cards, magnet, etc.
I’ve tried the McCormick seasoning in a dish I was cooking and it’s a good flavored stand-up McCormick seasoning.The peach fruit crisp is mediocre and the salted caramel syrup is ah-ma-zing!I’ll be trying out the coffee this week at some point and most likely the Nectresse sugar packages as well.