Monday, February 15, 2010

My Favorite Valentine’s Day and A Family Favorite – Pot Roast

I had so much fun yesterday giving out gift bags to people who couldn’t attend the Safe & Sound Dinner, I even got some lovely handmade Valentine’s, a total surprise I will cherish! These heartfelt gestures got me thinking why I do this blog and host the dinners.

It feels so good to get emails from the parents of little allergenistas, stating how excited they were to have treats that were safe for them to eat. It’s just like at a dinner when people who normally shy away from dining out, are so thankful to have found a new restaurant they can go to with friends without allergies and know they won’t get sick. I want to thank everyone who has supported my blog and website, because by helping you live a better life with food allergies, you added happiness to my life that is immeasurable.

On to the eats…

How nice it was to have a pot roast waiting for me on Friday after braving the cold and the hefty commute from Schaumburg back to the city. I hope you enjoy this meal as much as we did… Thanks Chef Mark (my husband)!

Pot Roast

1 2-3 pound boneless chuck roast
1 large onion, diced
1 stalk celery - small dice
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons better than bouillon
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ teaspoon rosemary
½ teaspoon ground thyme
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
ground black pepper to taste
4 large carrots, sliced
4 large potatoes, quartered

Add 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil to large skillet on medium-high heat.
Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chuck roast.
Add to pan and brown on all sides, set aside.
Add 2 more tablespoons of olive to pan and add onions, garlic and celery.
Cook until soft - about 10 minutes.
Add better than buillion, rosemary, ground thyme, kosher salt and ground black pepper.
Return beef to skillet.
Add enough water to just cover beef.
Bring to boil, cover and reduce to simmer - about 2 hours
Add carrots and potatoes simmer another hour until meat is tender.


jamie.winchell said...

Lisa! Thank you so very much for the goodie bag chock full of things that are safe for my son. We chowed on the Boulder rice & bean chips all the way home--those puppies are GOOD! It is great to find new brands and to try new things from our standby brands. Thank you for all that you do for people with food allergies. You are an invaluable resource to me!

Lisa Cooks Allergen Free said...

Thanks Jamie, I had so much fun doing the Valentine's bags, please let Marcie from Lil's Dietary know we sent you when you buy more, she is a great resource and if you call in advance share with her your allergies, she will pick the best products!!!