We try to stretch our meals with meat at our house because it helps keep the grocery bill low. A few weeks back I was able to make a roast last three meals for a family of eight.
I purchased a large roast for about nine dollars. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the weight of the roast, but I think it was about four pounds.
I cooked the roast all day in the crock pot. Cooking your meat in a crock pot allows you to buy a cheaper cut of beef because the meat will be more tender if you slow cook it. I browned the roast and then threw it in with sliced onion, beef stock, garlic, and a few other miscellaneous spices. I served the roast with mashed potatoes, peas, and fresh baked bread. I saved all the stock (except the stuff I used to make gravy).
As a side tip for saving stock. Let the liquid cool before putting it in your refrigerator overnight. In the morning scrape off all the fat that has risen to the top and then freeze the stock.
After the first meal I shredded the remainder of the roast and put in the fridge.
I took about half of the remainder of the roast and chopped it into small pieces. I then made beef burritos. You can make these a variety of ways but I spread the following on a tortilla; refried beans, beef, chopped tomatoes (from a can), cheese, and onion. I roll them up and put them into a 9×13 baking dish and cover with enchilada sauce. (we like wet burritos at our house) I bake covered at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, then uncover and sprinkle with cheese and bake another 5 minutes.
You can really stretch your meat in the burritos, in the past I have added corn, black beans, rice, and peas to my burritos.
I usually use one of two recipes for the remainder of the roast. I make a big batch of long grain and wild rice (I use Uncle Ben’s because I can usually get a great price with coupons), I cook up a bag of frozen vegetables and add them to the rice just before it is done cooking. Then I reheat the shredded roast. I put the rice and veggies in a large serving dish and add the roast to the top. It looks pretty with all the colored veggies and it tastes yummy. Also the kids will eat more veggies because they are mixed in with the rice.
The alternative meal #3 would be to make bbq beef sandwiches, if you had enough meat leftover. I heat the shredded beef on the stove-top with bbq sauce for 15 minutes or until warm.
By stretching the roast over three meals you are actually paying $3 a meal for your meat.
This can be a great deal especially if you are able to find a roast on sale.