ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Easy Recipes for Stay-at-Home-Dads: Zen and the Art of Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Updated on March 4, 2011

Let’s fact it: one downside of stay-at-home-dad status (unless you first won the Illinois Lottery) is “worry, worry, worry.” There’s money, will your kid will grow up to be “normal” with dad spending all that time at home, reemployment, (did I mention money) and the myriad of things that careen through your mind on the average day (“is it a pimple or skin cancer”).

Ah, the vagaries of life. With all the world seems to throw at you, the eternal question of “what’s for dinner” can be the straw that broke the camel’s back (or sends you scurrying to the ‘fridge for that usual late afternoon beer before you’ve even made the PB&J for your kid’s lunch). That’s one reason I started this column. It’s also why I recommend adding a slow cooker to your kitchen tool box. If you don’t have one in the cabinet I recommend getting a six-quart one which run between $25 and $40 (get one with pre-set timer controls for high and low settings, you’ll appreciate them later). Just another reason a Costco membership ranks as a top recommendation.

This recipe allows you the added benefit of putting the ingredients in the pot the night before, then popping it in the refrigerator. Come the dawn you load the refrigerated pot into the cooker, hit the timer and you’ll have dinner on the table by the time you wife gets home from the office. (Believe me, there is nothing worse than to have to get up at 5 a.m. to chop vegetables or sear meat for a 12-hour recipe.)

Anyway, once this meal is the cooker you can go on about your business, safe in the knowledge that dinner is already taken care of: one less worry for the stay-at-home-dad.

With this meal we serve mashed potatoes (instant, of course) and steamed vegetables. We also get about six or seven portions, guaranteeing leftovers (thus allowing you to use another timesaver: the microwave).

So, off to the races:


4 pound chuck roast (check with the grocery store meat counter if unsure about the cut)

1 packet dry onion soup mix

1 can (11 oz.) cream of celery soup concentrate with water added

3 tablespoons flour

2 beef bullion cubes

1 onion chopped

Combine and cook at low for 12 hours

What could be simpler? Bon appétit



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)