Is it OK for a working mom to admit she’s burned out? Well, I am. Not on work or on my child, but on cooking. I’ve been a single parent for the past two months while hubby traveled for work, and I think I’ve done an admirable job taking care of business and my little one. But when it comes time to put something on the table, I’m resorting to hot dogs and frozen pasta bags nearly every night. And when it comes to finding a recipe for Tasty Tuesday? I’m so burned out you can probably smell my charred brain cells through your computer screen.

That’s why I’m grateful I’ve found emealsforyou. It’s a meal planning site that offers recipes, shopping lists and meal plans, and it’s targeted at busy moms. (Check out the badge in the right margin!) I’ll blog more about it next week. But if you want to check out the service in advance, please do! WMAG readers who sign up will get $5 off their membership. Just enter WMOMAG-37 when you register, and it will automatically reduce your membership price to $31.

I’ve been fiddling around on the site and plan to try a few recipes this week. In the meantime, Chef Jake’s given permission to share a recipe or two with you. I’m posting this one because, well, I love Cola, I love a good roast, and I’m intrigued. It’s the kind of dish you’ll want to save for the weekend, since it calls for a three-hour roasting, but I like easy recipes on my weekends, too, so I can spend more precious time with my family. Plus, this sounds perfect for a chilly fall day. And so, without further ado, I give you…

Marisue’s Cola Roast

4.5 lb beef, roast
0.5 tsp pepper, fresh ground
0.5 tsp salt, table
3 tsp oil, vegetable
1 12 oz container chili sauce
1 12 oz can cola
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tb hot sauce to taste
0.5 tsp garlic powder

Rub beef roast with salt and pepper. Brown in vegetable oil and Drain. Combine remaining ingredients and pour over roast. Bake at 325 degrees for three hours.

Emealsforyou has paired this dish with garlic smashed potatoes, corn fritters and a spinach salad. Yum! To see this meal plan (it’s called “Fall is in the Air”) and others, join up and explore!

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