Monday, February 20, 2012

Grace and gravy

Some days you need an easy meal.Especially on a Monday, when you wake up with the weight of the world sitting right between your shoulder blades and you have to go to work anyway. Enter what might be forever referred to as the best "Monday Night Dinner Ever".

I adapted two different recipies that could both simmer away all day in my double crockpot while I worked ever so hard at the office.

(Please note shiny, clean, red dishdrainer washed by Paul Morales. This is as he states, a husbandly, duty. I'm not gonna argue.)

Anyway, basic recipe for Roast Beef and Mashed Potatoes.

Roast beef:

Combine in crock pot, one pound angus skillet steak (the uber cheap kind), with approximately a half can of tomatoes (I used fire roasted ones, don't they sound fancy???), one cup beef broth, pepper and parsley. Cook all day long. (And all those yummy drippings make great gravy!)

Mashed potatoes:

Peal and dice 5 large potatoes. Combine in crock pot with 1/4 cup butter cubed and one and half cups chicken broth. Cook on low seven hours. Get out beaters, and mix in one half cup sour cream and some fresh parsley, beat until smooth.

Seriously - these are the creamiest potatoes and they have very little dairy (yay happy tummy!) and the beef just falls apart on your plate (yay happy jaw!). All in all, the perfect Monday night meal.

And some days, you don't just need an easy meal. You need to reach out to a friend that you haven't spoken to in far too long for all the wrong reasons. And you need to say, "I want to be friends again." And you need to let all the yuckiness between you simmer away until all that is left are two softened, changed people. 

And some days, at the end of the day, you realize that Monday wasn't quite as scary or daunting as you thought it might be. 

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