I moved to Chicago a few months ago and one thing I have noticed is Italian beef everywhere. I have never seen this or had it anywhere else, but it is delicious. I’m pretty sure that it tastes way too delicious to be considered a “light” meal, but I discovered a super easy and relatively healthy way to make it yourself.
In recent years I have learned the value of a good go-to crock-pot recipe. There is something so awesome about putting a meal in the crock-pot in the morning and coming home to a delicious dinner ready for you. Thanks to fellow bloggers http://www.sixsistersstuff.com I found this awesome crock-pot dinner. Check them out for some other awesome meals. As usual, I did twist it a bit to fit my needs and make it a bit healthier.
I posted a few weeks ago that we did a trail race as a family the weekend after Thanksgiving. After the race we invited everyone back to our place and I served this meal. The best part was that I put all the ingredients in the ceramic portion of the crock-pot the night before and left it in the fridge. The morning of the race I pulled it out and put it in the actual warmer, turned it on, and by the time we got home the house smelled amazing!
Prep time: Less than 5 minutes
4 lbs. pot roast (or any cut of beef you prefer)
1 bottle lite balsamic vinaigrette
1 packet low sodium onion soup mix
Italian seasoning to taste
Buns or rolls (I like to get a variety of rolls from the deli to allow everyone to choose their favorite)
Low fat provolone or swiss cheese
Place pot roast in crock-pot and add remaining ingredients. Cook for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high. Remove meat and shred. Place back in crock-pot on warm for 15 minutes or longer. Serve on rolls with your choice of cheese. Make it more authentic and dip your roll in the au jus first. Yum!
Make it healthier:
Serve on whole wheat rolls. To lighten it up, I like to slice the rolls in half and scoop out the insides to make it a bit more carb friendly. Don’t get me wrong, I love carbs but my thighs love to soak them up! The Italian beef will taste just as delicious and you won’t even notice the missing bread.
This meal tastes like a serious splurge, but it isn’t super heavy. It is also a great combo of protein and carbs and a great way to get the much needed iron that we runners tend to run low on. I’m not saying this is a replacement for the kale salad, but it is a nice “feel like a splurge but isn’t” meal. Enjoy!
*A special shout out and congrats to fellow runner and follower “M” for running an awesome half marathon this weekend! Great work to you and all the awesome runners who finished a race this past chilly weekend!