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    Slow Cooker Grass-Fed Pot Roast

     

    Slow Cooker Grass-Fed Pot Roast

    I really don’t have a lot of time to cook on weeknights, so I’m starting to rely on slow cookers more often. In this video I’m showing you how I make an easy pot roast dinner that takes only 10 minutes to prepare.

    The ingredients are simple, and allergen-free. I am using local grass fed beef (a good source of omega 3s, conjugated linoleic acid, and antioxidants like vitamin e), culinary herbs, and seasonal root vegetables.

    I have a few thoughts on slow cookers below, and then the recipe below…
     
     

    Why Use A Slow Cooker?

    Slow cookers are a great way to cook for so many reasons…

    Cooking Ease: You can literally measure and dump everything into the slow cooker, set the temperature, and leave it alone until dinner time! It makes dinner prep extremely easy.

    Time Saver: Not only do they reduce your time spent in the kitchen, but slow cookers usually leave leftovers that you can freeze and save for a night when you really don’t have time to plan for dinner (or lunch!).

    No-Brainer Routine: If you want to start using your slow cooker more, try one new recipe each week until you find a handful that you like. Once you find those, you can rotate between them every week. Find a meal prep routine and that’s when cooking really gets easy!

    Healthier Method: Cooking “low and slow” in an airtight container helps to prevent the formation of carcinogenic compounds including lipid oxidation products (LOPs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs). These are the carcinogens that are formed when certain types of meat is grilled (or otherwise cooked) at high temperatures.

     

    Lead In Slow Cookers?

    A common concern these days is about lead in the glaze of slow cooker pot inserts. It is a valid concern, but there are solutions – see below.

    “Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even small amounts of lead can cause serious health [and neurological] problems. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning, which can severely affect mental and physical development. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal…

    Initially, lead poisoning can be hard to detect — even people who seem healthy can have high blood levels of lead. Signs and symptoms usually don”t appear until dangerous amounts have accumulated.” Mayo Clinic

    Please don’t get too worried or stop using your slow cooker.

    First of all, you can test your pot for lead with test “pens” that detect lead on the insert pot surface. You can even heat up the crock pot on the “warm” setting and test your insert pot while it’s warm to get a more accurate reading. You can use these test pens on almost any surface in your house. 

    If you don’t have a slow cooker yet (or you found lead in yours!) and you are in the market for a new one, here is a quick list of brands that do not contain lead…

     

    Lead-Free Slow Cookers

    360 Cookware Gourmet Slow Cooker
    Instant Pot Multi-Use Slow Cooker
    Vitaclay Smart Organic Clay Multi Crocks ‘N Stock Pot

    For a very thorough explanation and more information on lead in slow cookers, take a look at this great post over on Deep Roots at Home.

     

     

    Slow Cooker Grass-Fed Pot Roast

    Ingredients:

    1 chuck roast
    1 medium sweet potato
    2 yukon gold potatoes
    1 yellow onion
    3 medium carrots
    2-3 cloves garlic
    3 sprigs sage
    4-5 sprigs thyme
    2 sprigs rosemary
    1 tsp. sea salt or pink salt (more to taste)

     

    Method:

    1. Place the chuck roast into the bottom of the slow cooker. 
    2. Add the vegetables on top of the roast, until slow cooker pot is about 3/4 full.
    3. Place the garlic on top of the vegetables and tuck the herbs into the vegetables.
    4. Sprinkle 1 tsp. salt on top, and pour 1 1/2 cups water over top of everything.
    5. Set slow cooker to “low” and cook for 6-8 hours, until roast is falling apart. Taste for salt, and add more if needed.

     

    Enjoy the recipe! I hope it inspires you to get into the kitchen and cook some healing meals for yourself and others.

     

    Keep taking back your health,
    Robin Shirley

     

     

     

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