It isn't just for Sunday dinner, folks.


Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, may be a Food Network sensation, a successful cookbook author, and a savvy businesswoman, but, all things aside, she really is just like you and me. In other words, at the end of a long day at work, Drummond strives to put a simple and delicious meal on the table for her family. For some home cooks, a "simple" meal may mean quick and easy, such as a hot and hearty pasta dish that goes from oven to table in less than 60 minutes. Others enjoy the convenience of sheet pan suppers; cooking all the ingredients on one sheet pan affords you an easy prep as well as a simple cleanup.

For Drummond, however, "simple" doesn't necessarily mean "quick." In a recent conversation with Southern Living, Drummond was asked what she prefers to cook for a simple weeknight meal at home. Her answer? None other than one of the South's favorite meals, the humble pot roast. Here are three reasons why The Pioneer Woman, along with thousands of other home cooks, chooses a pot roast when cooking a simple weeknight supper.

It Is Budget-Friendly

Purchase the less expensive, tougher cuts of beef, such as chuck roast or shoulder steak. Pot roasts are always cooked for long periods of time at low temperatures, which allow the heat and moisture ample time to massage and tenderize the meat, making it fork tender and oh so tasty. And yes, readers – with four children and a large ranch to manage, even The Pioneer Woman has to watch her budget.

It Has A Short Prep Time

Depending on your recipe, you can usually have the pot roast simmering in less than 30 minutes. Season and brown the meat, cut and caramelize the vegetables, combine ingredients in one pot, add liquid, cover and let the heat do the rest.

It Doesn't Tie You To The Kitchen

Whether your recipe calls for cooking the pot roast on the stovetop, in the oven, or in a slow cooker, with the exception of checking on the liquid now and then (no peeking in the slow cooker, though), a pot roast really is a fix-it-and-forget-it kind of dish. So if you want to spend some relaxing time with the family or need to work diligently on your latest cookbook, a simple pot roast and vegetables, paired with a quick pot of mashed potatoes, is the ideal choice for supper.