For this week's menu:
Beef Roast with carrots and potatoes
Homemade Whole Wheat Bread
Saturday Preparation for Sunday's menu:
Beef Roast - Just so you know when it comes to preparation I am kind of lazy so when making the roast some people would sear it but here is what I do: I take a frozen roast and run hot water over it to get the plastic off then I put it in my Crock Pot on Saturday night right before bed. I fill it 3/4 full of water and add whatever seasoning my recipe calls for. I usually just put in minced onion, beef bullion and some Worcestershire sauce and oregano but feel free to add whatever you like. I provided a link in case you need a real recipe. I turn it on low and let the roast cook overnight. In the morning before church I leave it on low and throw in the carrots and potatoes and keep it on low until I get home.
Potatoes (and carrots): If you are really crunched for time you could throw in canned carrots and potatoes into the roast on Sunday morning, but if not then on Saturday night I peel and cube my potatoes and cover them with water and put them in the fridge so they don't turn brown. I just slice up my carrots and stick them in a bag to throw in the roast in the morning. On Sunday morning, drain your potatoes and add them and the carrots to your roast.
Corn: I fix my corn very simply. I wait until I get home from church and either steam it in my microwave steamer with a pat of butter and some salt or I cook the corn on the stove with a couple tablespoons of water and a few tablespoons of butter and some salt. I just cook it until it is tender. You may add more salt and butter to your taste. This takes less than 10 minutes on the stove and only 5 minutes in the microwave.
Whole Wheat Bread: Oh there is nothing like putting butter on bread fresh from the oven. I use this recipe and I use either the mixer version or the bread machine version. Once you have your dough formed (I form two small loaves) into loaves then I cover those with plastic wrap and allow them to rise slowly overnight in the fridge. When I get home from church (first thing) I preheat the oven and stick them in to cook. I freeze one and serve the other. If you want to pre-bake them the night before you can because they do take 30 minutes or so too cook. I just reheat them in the oven wrapped in foil and serve with softened butter.
Brownies: If you choose to make this homemade recipe you will not regret it (maybe you will if you eat half the pan) but it is the best recipe for homemade brownies I have ever found. Just be sure not to overbake them. In fact as with all brownies you should just slightly underbake them for them to be fudgy which is how I like my brownies. I just bake these the day before and serve them the next afternoon.
Again, I hope this helps you and encourages you to have nice sit down family dinner on Sunday.
*Picture from here