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The set it and forget it meal: Cola Pot Roast

For those busy summer nights when you don't want to think about cooking, this pot roast sits in a slow cooker for 8 hours until it's tender and falling apart.

MOLINE, Ill. — It's that time of the week again, and we're here to help you with all your meal-prepping needs!

News 8's Shelby Kluver and Hy-Vee Registered Dietician Nina Struss show you a weeknight dinner that's as simple as dumping everything into a slow cooker and forgetting about it! The secret to keeping this pot roast juicy and tender: a soft drink you've definitely heard of. But... we're putting a twist on it!

For this recipe, we're using Zevia Cola. It's a naturally sweetened soda alternative that works as a healthy alternative to typical cola drinks. You can find it at your local Hy-Vee today.

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Cola Pot Roast

Credit: Shelby Kluver
Meal Prep Monday: Cola pot roast

Serves 8

All you need:

  • 1 (2.5 pound) lean chuck roast 
  • 1 envelope(s) Hy-Vee onion soup mix 
  • 1 (12 oz) can Zevia Cola 
  • 1 tbsp. Hy-Vee flour 
  • ¼ cup cold water

All you do:

  1. Place chuck roast in a greased slow cooker. Sprinkle onion soup mix over roast. Pour Zevia on top.
  2. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until roast is tender.
  3. Remove roast from slow cooker. Pour cooking liquid into a saucepan, skim off and discard fat. Bring cooking liquid to a simmer. Whisk together flour and water and whisk into cooking liquid. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. Gravy will thicken upon standing.
  4. Serve roast with gravy.

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