Life. Is. Busy.
Am I right?
Thank goodness I have our awesome meal collections to fall back on for those days when I hardly know which way is up ... let alone what's for dinner!
I love that I can choose my collection based on the recipes I like, and it's all right there for me: recipes, grocery list and ideas for sides!
I try to take a few minutes on the weekend to think about what the week has in store for us. Usually we have about two nights each week where there simply isn't time to spend even 30 minutes making dinner.
Recipes like this roast beef are perfect for days like that! While I'm sipping my morning coffee and running around my house getting ready, it's easy to get this thrown together. And I know it'll be ready for dinner later in the day.
Here's the quick and simple how-to:
Start by placing a 3 lb. beef roast in a greased slow cooker. Add a ½ cup of Merlot & Mushroom Slow-Cooker Sauce, a can of beef broth and 1 packet of Roasted Garlic & Herb Cheese Ball Mix. The recipe also says you can add in a cup of dry red wine ... and let's be honest ... I'm always including the wine!
Give these ingredients a quick stir. I know it doesn't look like much right now, and it seems like a lot of liquid. But trust me: this is the way it's supposed to look!
Set the slow cooker on low and let it cook for 7-8 hours. When it's done cooking, it will look something like this.
Carefully remove the beef roast from the slow cooker and let it rest a few minutes.
You can place some foil over it to help keep the heat in.
If you're going to steam some vegetables, now is the time to do it! We're going to make a thick and delicious gravy for the roast, but that should only take 5-10 minutes. Easy!
Pour the broth through a strainer into a saucepan over medium heat. This keeps any of the bits left in the slow cooker out of your sauce.
While this heats, whisk together ¼ cup cornstarch and 3 Tbsp. cold water. This mixture will thicken the broth into a delicious sauce. Gradually add the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, whisking as you pour, until it reaches the desired consistency.
Add any salt and pepper to taste, and just drizzle the sauce over your roast. Serve it with mashed potatoes or steamed veggies, and you're done!
Dinner is served, as easy as that!