What a Crock!: Here’s dinner idea for busy day _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- Meat and potato fans will enjoy the slow-cooked Mushroom and Onion Roast.

The all-in-one approach to dinner isn’t popular with everyone, but it does serve a number of functional purposes. First, there is the convenience and, secondly, there is less cleanup.

So, whether it’s a casserole or a slow-cooked dinner, there are many positives, especially for meat and potato lovers. It’s also a great way to sneak in veggies. For families who must eat in shifts due to work schedules and school events, it’s all about practicalities.

I love a roast in the slow cooker. It was one of the first dinners I cooked in my original avocado green slow cooker. To this day, a good chuck roast is the perfect end to a day, and the roast gets even better through leftovers.

The challenge is in finding new and different ways to enjoy it. Here’s an all-in-one dinner for a busy day, with a lot of extras thrown in. Change it up a bit if you like and cut up steak strips instead of a roast. Make it yours and embrace the challenge.

Julie Kay is a columnist for The Advocate. She can be reached at juliekay6122@gmail.com.