So I kinda threw my food budget out the window over the holidays, and now we’re playing catch up. I actually find it rather entertaining, because being short on funds means I have to get really creative with healthy meals that don’t break the bank. Earlier this week, Lori over at Vann Clan 5 shared a simple no peek beef tips recipe that got me thinking.
I headed out to Aldi to do my shopping and was stoked to find THREE marked down packs of eye of round steak for right at $3.00 each. I LOVE picking up discounted packs of tough-as-leather-nobody-wants-to-buy-it meat at Walmart and Aldi, because once you slow cook it, it’s tender as can be! I grabbed some carrots and onions and a few more ingredients and headed home to make some magic. This is *such* an easy recipe for anyone to make, check out my $5.00 No Peek Pot Roast below!
$5.oo No Peek Pot Roast
1 pound of cheap beef (cut into 1/2-1″ cubes) – $3.25
2 cups of chopped carrots (I used 5 medium carrots) – $0.40
1 cup of chopped onion (I used 1 medium onion) – $0.15
1 packet of onion soup mix (the box has 2, only use 1) – $0.5o
2 beef bouillon cubes – $0.20
1 1/2 cups water
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/3 tsp black pepper
1. Preheat oven to 300.
2. Combine all ingredients in a baking dish. Cover tightly with foil.
3. Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. DO NOT open it to check. NO PEEKING!
4. Remove from oven and carefully remove foil to avoid burning yourself with the stream.
I served this over mashed potatoes with mini ciabatta rolls on the side, but you could always eat it over rice or noodles as well. There will be a good bit of juicy goodness in the bottom of the dish that you can sop up with bread too! Be sure to let me know when you make it and what you thought!
(Now, just so you know, the hubs was under the impression I was making mac -n- cheese for dinner, so he was NOT pleased when I changed the game plan. But about an hour in to cooking, the house smelled phenomenal and he was chomping at the bit to taste test! Trust me, it will be HARD not to peek!)
What’s your favorite low cost meal? I’d love for you to share below!