Sunday, December 26, 2010

Coffee brazed roast beef with veggies and gravy

That's right I said it. I found a way to mix coffee with good ole fashion meat and potatoes. 1 cup of strongly brewed coffee cooked for 3.5 hours with carrots, potatoes, celery, 2lbs of roast beef, and topped with a little red wine vinegar. After this no fuss crock pot mill was done cooking I had my sweet husband carve the roast while I turned our coffee based brew into gravy. Now my husband can't even stand the smell of coffee so no worries about eaters who don't like coffee. The coffee base gives a rich seasoned taste to the meat with out the use of a ton of salt or the use of any wine. The gravy has a taste similar to traditional wine based gravy. This is a great winter meal to help keep you warm and out of hibernation mode and serves well with lovely bright colors such as bright orange, green, dark brown, and a light pink to your meat. Even better is the no mess cooking of the crock pot and you can keep it warm in the crock pot and easily serve again later.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


      Well I'm so happy to be in the Christmas season and have some holidays to enjoy my family and Remember the giving of the Savior to us in baby Jesus. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
      Its the time of year when we all realize our pants fit a little to snugly for comfort.  I have been dieting prior to the holidays (Every foodies worst nightmare!) and lost five lbs in the past week or two. Perhaps to prepare for Christmas feasting. I lost 5 lbs last week and in two days of Christmas celebrations I've gained 5.5 lbs. Guess that is how to cookie crumbles. (Straight to the hips!) So the next recipes to the blog are going to focus on two things.. low calorie recipes and the use of my new crock pot. This is a great combo for the new year because as the cold winter months arrive everyone really enjoys a warm cozy meal from the crock pot and so rarely does this work with every ones new years resolutions to loose weight. So I will be posting low calorie recipes to help all my fellow weight loss buddies but promise not to post anything that does not meet the foodie criteria.. "It must taste so good that you can't eat it with out closing your eyes." Truly enjoying what you eat and savoring every bite helps you to feel more satisfied and loose weight. Good luck and Good eating in this new year.