One Pot Roast, A Week of Cheap and Delicious Lunches
Hamburger was once the meat for cheap meal plans. As food costs have risen, however, it is often more common to find a good cut of shoulder roast on sale for less money per pound than regularly-priced hamburger. Stock up, save, and get ready with these four quick ways to enjoy your roast!
The Roasting Process: Many people avoid cooking beef roast because it is a slow process. To get a nice, tender outcome, it is important to take your time, and include plenty of moisture. I like to buy the largest cut I can (or two) and toss them in my largest slow-cooker for 7-8 hours on low. By filling the pot halfway with water, I ensure it won’t get tough, and I guarantee plenty of beef stock for future meals. Spices can be anything you choose – I use garlic, cracked black pepper, and a couple teaspoons of Lawry’s Seasoning salt. Rosemary or onion powder makes a nice variation, and for extra tasty drippings, you can add ¼ cup prepared au jus concentrate or one can of Coke.
After the roast is tender enough to break up easily, allow it to cool to room temperature and put it in the fridge overnight (juice and all.) In the morning, you can remove the fat from the top of the liquid, and begin preparing one of the four meals. (Be sure to save the liquid.)
Traditional Hot Beef Sandwiches – This my favorite comfort food. Shred and warm enough beef to make up your sandwiches on your choice of bread. Use ¼ of the reserved beef liquid to make your gravy (Simply heat to a slow boil in a sauce pan, slowly adding a mixture of 3 Tablespoons flour and water to thicken. You can also add extra salt and pepper to taste.) Pour the gravy over your sandwiches and a side of mashed potatoes!
Not-so-sloppy Joes – Yeah, I know (another sandwich.) But since they are a favorite at our house, these add a neat little twist to traditional sloppy joes. Just take your favorite sloppy recipes (whether it be from a mix, can, or homemade) and replace the browned ground beef with finely shredded roast. Yum!
Quesadillas – These are fun to serve guests. Get your largest flour tortillas and layer the following on one half of one side of the wrap: shredded beef, black beans, diced red onions, and shredded cheese. Fold in half and spray both sides with cooking spray (I prefer olive oil sprays.) Brown the quesadilla in a skillet until crisp on both sides over medium heat. Remove from heat, cut into four triangles with a pizza cutter, and serve with a dollop of salsa and sour cream!
Veggie Beef Stew – You should still have some of that leftover beef broth from cooking. Cook it and the rest of your shredded beef in a stock pot over medium-high heat. Add your favorite veggies (if you’re going cheap, a can of Veg-All will work) and cook until heated through! You can also add cooked rice, egg noodles, or dumplings.