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My Valentine's Favorite Meal...Right Now

My Valentine's Favorite Meal...Right Now

Happy Valentine’s Day! I had a completely different post all ready to go for today. Then I looked at the calendar and decided that post wasn’t the right tone for Valentine’s Day. Note to new bloggers, check the calendar and plan accordingly. Anyway, I had so much fun filming my food videos last week I had to do another. In case you missed my foolproof desserts check them out here. To celebrate Valentine’s Day I thought sharing my valentine’s all-time favorite crock pot dinner would be fun! He requests this regularly and it’s so easy to make I usually come through! 

I cook a lot more in Ireland compared to home. It makes sense I have more time, eating out is more expensive (Our Chipotle order was $18, our carry out order here is around $30), and there are fewer fast casual options in Wexford (The options: fish & chips or Indian, we miss Mexican and sushi). It’s funny how cooking just 1 or 2 more times a week really changes our dinner dynamic. My only customer has definitely called me out, “Chicken again?”

So to add some variety to our meals, make Mathew happy, and myself because I like this meal too, I’ll make this slow cooked beef and potatoes.

Recipe, video of me making the recipe, and some additional comments are below. 


Crock Pot Beef and Potatoes

Serves 4 -6

The Meat

  • 3 lbs. of chuck roast or a roasting beef
  • 2 Tablespoons of flour

The Vegetables

  • 4-5 potatoes, unpeeled and quartered
  • 1-2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into large pieces   
  • 1 onion, halved, then cut into large pieces  
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into large pieces  
  • 3 stalks of celery, cut into large pieces

The Sauce

  • 2 cups of tomato sauce 
  • 3 Tablespoons of coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder  
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Place all the vegetables in the bottom of the crock pot. Dust the roast with flour and place on top of the vegetables. In a separate bowl combine all the sauce ingredients, then pour the sauce over the roast and vegetables. Cook on high for 8-10 hours, or low for 12-14 hours.  Serve warm with a nice slice of bread. Enjoy!

I made this recipe at home a lot because the cooking time allowed me to prepare this during the work week then come home to a delicious slow cooked meal – I hate crock pot meals that cook 4-6 hours, guess I can only make those on the weekend or set a crock pot timer, which I’d never do because I’d fear my meat sitting out on the counter not cooking for hours.

While this recipe is good with American beef, I’ve noticed making this dish with Irish beef has really taken it to the next level. Apparently 100% grass-fed beef raised within miles of our home makes a difference. The beef is so good.  Sorry you can’t make it with Irish beef, come visit I’ll make it for you! 


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