Are you tired of hearing about how overwhelmed I am?

I don’t know, y’all. I think the deployment may just be getting to me. And I was too lazy to go down to CYS to sign the kids up for free deployment daycare so I just… I’m just overwhelmed by the day to day. The two schools plus the baby (he’s not a baby), the soccer, the football, everything else! This is such a crazy time of year.

The first thing to go is always dinner. Sometimes it’s just seems like it’ll take way too much energy to stand over the stove. The kids are perfectly fine with PB&J but we can only do so many of those before all that dreaded mom guilt hits.

So I’ve been trying out the Reynolds Oven Bags for dinners. I’ve had some in my cabinet for years (literally since we moved to Colorado) but I assumed they were just for ginormous turkeys at Thanksgiving.

I used one of those Reynolds Oven Bags for this Balsamic Pot Roast. All you have to do it put all the ingredients in the bag, tie it up, and bake it for a few hours. You know how pot roasts made in the slow cooker have that awesome texture where they pretty much just fall apart? That’s what happened inside the bag! I’ve never had an oven roast turn out so well.

I wish I’d added potatoes to the bag so I definitely recommend you do that. The carrots and onions were so tender and delicious and the sauce created by everything was perfect on rice!

The best part, of course, is that there no cleanup. You throw the bag away. And you’re done.

Reynolds has a bunch of easy, weeknight Oven Bag meals on their website, like mushroom risotto! Or you can go super simple and make Sausage and Peppers just by putting sliced sausage and roughly chopped peppers and onions in the bag. You cook until the sausage is tender and serve it with fresh bread!

Fun fact: I had a guinea pig named Pot Roast once. I got her after Hurricane Katrina when we were still without power but I still had to go into work everyday. I shop my feelings. Or in this case, I adopt rodents my feelings. Or something. But anyway, I was on the phone with my BFF afterwards and she suggested I name her Pot Roast because she was eating a pork chop that she thought was pot roast. Yep.

Years later, my sister-in-law adopted Pot Roast and another guinea pig who she named Spud. They were very happy together.

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Balsamic Pot Roast

Ingredients

1 Reynolds Oven Bag + tie
2 cups baby carrots
1 large onion, roughly chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 cup chicken broth
black pepper
1 3-4 pound chuck roast

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Prepare Reynolds Oven Bag according to box instructions.
  2. Put carrots, onion, garlic, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, chicken broth, and black pepper in bag. Squish it all together to mix it up. Add chuck roast. Tie the bag shut.
  3. Holding the bag upright, cut six 1/2-inch slits in top of bag to allow steam to escape. Place bag on a large, rimmed baking sheet, making sure nothing hangs over the side.
  4. Bake for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or until the roast is very tender.
  5. Cut open bag carefully and transfer meat and vegetables to a serving dish.
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