So here's the idea:
Every so often, boneless, "bottom blade" pot roasts (or other "blades) of beef go on sale at your butcher or grocer.
Like 5 or 6$ for a 1.4 kg (think: about the size of a babies head -er... ok, ick, or maybe a small head of lettuce. :D)
This is enough to stuff a family of four and leave meat for three lunches tomorrow.
So when they're on sale, buy a bunch. Buy 6 of 'em. And when you do, go to the soup isle and buy the same number of either DRY onion soup or mixed vegitable soup mix.
And toss 'em in your freezer. They're small, so even if you only have the "above the fridge" freezer, well, you can squeeeeeze two of 'em in there.
Now on a day when you need to feed the gang but have no time....
You pull it out of the freezer after breakfast.
Put it on the counter. Ignore it till lunch.
You don't actually have to diss the roast...
but pretty much "pay it no mind" works. :D
After lunch, turn the oven on to broil.
Get a small pan, 9 inch glass baking dish, or something you can stick in the oven.
Tear off a sheet of tin-foil and lay it out in the pan.
Put the mean in the middle of the tin foil (careful not to rip it)
Sprinkle a little salt...
And put it in the oven FOR 10 MINUTES. NO more.
This browns the top of the roast.
Take it out, and change the oven to "bake @ 300".
Pour a package of dry onion or mixed-vegitable soup (Knorr is yum!!!) soup mix (DRY DRY DRY... this is all powdery and stuff...)
er... Yeah, "pour the dry soup" over the meat and then close up the tin foil.
It doesn't have to be 1990's jeans tight... leave it 1979 loose. Space around the meat for juice to collect.
If you do this right... the pan never even gets dirty.
Now back in the oven... it's still only just like 12:30 ish...
And back to the whole "ignore it" thing.
Except that by 4:00 you're kitchen is gonna be smelling like heaven.
When the kitchen smells great... wash a few potatoes, and toss 'em in the oven.
@ 5:30 you have baked potatoes and a "melts in your mouth" roast of meat.
This is not a "rare, medium, or well" issue kind of meat. It's well done... but it's juicy and yummi and delicious.
The effort to put together a meal like this... is about 15 minutes TOTAL.
And it's delicious.
Remember to turn off the oven.
And remember to make a vegitible to go with dinner, even if it's just a can of corn.
I used to be able to make a christopher reeves joke here, but now I'd have to say,
And remember to make a corpse to go with dinner... and that doesn't work at all.