31 December 2008

Economize-One roast, three meals!

I fall deeper in love with my crock pot every time I use it.  Not just for the time saving aspect it brings to getting dinner on the table, but also for the grocery budget cost cutting side to it.  It takes cheap cuts of meat, and turns them into mouth watering masterpieces!  The following are three dinners made from one 4-5 lb. beef chuck roast.  The chuck roast will probably run you about $10.00, but since it makes three dinners, it's really a steal!  All of the work is done the first night so for the subsequent two nights, your only job is to reheat.  Enjoy!

For Night 1:  Beef Pot Roast (shown above with a green salad and a fruit salad) from Fix it and Forget it Big Cookbook by Phyllis Pellman Good

4-5 lb. beef chuck roast
1 garlic clove, cut in half
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1 carrot, chopped
1 rib celery, chopped
1 small onion, sliced
3/4 cup sour cream
3 Tbls. flour
1/2 cup dry white wine.

1.  Rub roast with garlic.  Season with salt and pepper.  Place in slow cooker.
2.  Add carrots, celery and onion.
3.  Combine sour cream, flour and wine.  Pour into slow cooker.
4.  Cover.  Cook on Low 6-7 hours.
5.  Slice for dinner the first night.  With the remaining roast, shred using two forks and split the shredded meat into two tupperwares.
6.  Prepare dinner for Night 2 and 3 and place in refrigerator.

For Night 2:  Pepper Beef Sandwiches

One tupperware with shredded beef from above
16 oz. jar of sliced pepperoncini peppers, mostly drained
Hamburger buns
Slices of your favorite cheese, pepper jack recommended.

To the tupperware of beef, add the jar of pepperoncini peppers and a little of the juice.  Cover and refrigerate for Night 2.  When ready to eat, reheat in the microwave.  Serve on hamburger buns topped with your favorite cheese.

For Night 3:  BBQ beef sandwiches

One tupperware of shredded beef from above
Bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce
Hamburger buns

Add enough BBQ sauce to the shredded beef to make it saucy.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to eat.  When ready, reheat in the microwave.  Serve the BBQ beef on hamburger buns.

Three meals for about $10.00 with minimum prep and minimum cooking.  Can't beat that!  Happy New Year everyone!


Chef E said...

You just planned my next meals...BBQ always gets my attention!

shizuokagourmet said...

Chere amie!
Bonjour et bonne annee at toi et tout le monde!
Looking forward to sharing recipes and fun!

Melanie said...

I love three-in-one meals. These sound awesome...thanks for the recipes.

Bob said...

That looks great. I need to get a bigger crock pot, I can't fit a roast in it. It's more decorative than anything else...

justeatfood - Emily said...

You are in love with your set it and forget it cookbook aren't you?! And why not?! Looks wonderful and very economical. I could eat BBQ sandwiches every day I think. Cheers to 2009!

Sam said...

I love my slow cooker! These are great ideas they sound delicious!

♥Reeni said...

They all look delicious!! What a terrific time saver. Happy New Year!

Lainie Petersen said...

What a great, thrifty approach! Thanks, and Happy New Year!

Mercina said...

This looks great! I've been meaning to buy a slow cooker, but I will definitely do it this week. Thanks for the recipes.

Laura said...

I love my crock pot!

rich said...

I often stretch joints cooked in a slow cooker out as far as possible. Brisket is great cold in sandwiches, with a bit too much mustard! I sometimes add too much liquid to the pot at the start and use the resulting stock for a soup. Excellent stuff.

Anne said...

I love the tip about saving money and time with the slow cooker. That looks wonderful!