One Beef Roast = Three Meals: Here's How to Do It!

beef dinner recipesMy daughter HATES grocery shopping, so I try to consolidate our trips to the store. And I hate spending too much money on food and too much time preparing our meals. That's why I love finding ways to make what I do buy stretch.

Recently I shared how to turn one chicken into three meals. You can do the same thing with a beef roast. Here's how! 

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First buy a beef roast that is a little more than double the size you would usually get for your family.

Meal Number 1: Dinner

I like to make a simple beef roast. I cover the roast with salt and pepper, put it in a pan, and let it cook for the appropriate time. I make sure to serve it with hearty potatoes (mashed or baked) and lots of veggies -- that way, there are other things to fill up on besides just the beef and we'll have plenty left for the other meals. Put away the the rest of the uncut meat for the next day.

Meal Number 2: Lunch

There are a couple of simple things I like to do with leftover beef for lunch. One option is cutting some of the beef the roast into small pieces, heating it up a little, and making a quesadilla. Just add the beef and the cheese to a tortilla and fry or bake it. The other option is to make a simple salad (lettuce, shredded carrot, and other veggies) and toss in thin strips of the beef. I serve mine with a homemade balsamic dressing and I have a perfect midday meal!

Meal Number 3: Beef Stew

Nothing is more comforting and delicious than a homemade stew. One of the fabulous things about it is just how it easy it is to prepare, especially when you've already cooked the beef.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 potatoes, chopped
3 cups beef stock
1 cups water
1 cup red wine
Leftover beef, chopped into cubes
2 tablespoons flour
Salt and pepper to taste 

Directions:

First heat the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot. Add in onions and saute until clear. Then throw in garlic and sauté for another minute. Add in the carrots, celery, potatoes, stock, wine, and water. Bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer. When the carrots and potatoes begin to get tender, add in the beef cubes covered in flour. Let cook for another 20 minutes or so.  If the stock seems too thin, you can thicken it up by sprinkling in a bit more flour. Add salt and pepper and serve.

Do you have any secrets for making several quick, easy meals out of the same set of ingredients?



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