One Beef Roast – Three Meals

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 5, 2009

Today’s Guest Post comes from Amy at the Finer Things in Life. Amy blogs about her “faith, motherhood, simplicity, tiny towns and good ol’ home cookin’!”

Growing up in a meat and potatoes family, I’m accustomed to fixing and eating a variety of cuts of beef. In fact, we’ve ordered beef about 150 pounds at a time from my uncles for as long as I can remember. Ordering our meat this way has taught me that there is more to life than hamburger, and that higher quality cuts of beef don’t have to be avoided because of their expense.

For example, roast beef doesn’t have to be a budget breaker if you know how to stretch it. Last week I cooked a 3 pound arm roast and used it to make three different meals for my family of five. On day one I cooked my roast in the crockpot with potatoes and carrots, onion and some seasoning. This slow cooking method makes the meat pull-apart tender, no knife required. I mashed the potatoes (they are so flavorful after cooking with the meat and require hardly any extra seasoning), made gravy from the juice, and we enjoyed a traditional comfort meal.

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Not one to appreciate leftovers day after day??? I made Roast Beef Burritos from my already tender-cooked meat. The recipe calls for 2 cups of chopped roast beef. We had that and then some. Topped with lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, these burritos are my personal favorite roast beef “redo”. Some other “redos” that we enjoy can be found here.

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To finish off our roast, I combined in the crockpot the chopped meat with a bag of frozen veggies, a few diced potatoes, some frozen tomatoes from our garden, and some tomato juice and water. Seasoned with the leftover gravy from night one, this veggie beef soup along with homemade bread was a nice end to our three days of roast.

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Don’t shy away from roast beef thinking that it will bust your grocery budget. Buy it, cook it, and stretch it!

Be sure to stop by and visit Amy’s great recipes and see Amy’s 100 Finer Things. They will surely tempt your tummy and make you smile :)

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa B. February 5, 2009 at 10:44 am

The crockpot roast with potatoes and carrots is one of my families top fav 3 meals. I usually make hash with the left overs, but those burritos look so yummmy, I think I will try them next time.

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Erica February 5, 2009 at 11:30 am

Yum Yum! That is the best way to use a roast. I always try and do the same things :)

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RachelQ February 5, 2009 at 12:10 pm

Great ideas!! I never thought of soup!! I usually mix the leftover with bbq sauce and we have sandwiches the next night

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Sherry February 5, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Yum! I love stretching my roast. I made one the other night and we’re having the leftovers as beef stroganoff.

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Betsey February 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm

I was wondering if you would post your recipe for the roast? Mine doesn’t always turn out right and I would love a tried and true recipe!

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Amy @ Finer Things February 5, 2009 at 12:39 pm

For Betsy: shoot me an email and I’ll send you the method for cooking roast that works for me!

amysfinerthings at gmail dot com

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Jessica @ Pudget: Losing Weight On A Budget February 5, 2009 at 12:47 pm

It all looks so good. Thanks for posting.

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Krista February 5, 2009 at 12:56 pm

I also get 3 meals out of my roast. we have the traditional roast with mashed potatoes & gravy the first night, then we have BBQ beef sandwiches the next night (toasted rolls make this extra special!). The third night I make some white rice & put the shredded beef over the ride & top with gravy. A yummy southern dish!

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tp1982 February 5, 2009 at 1:24 pm

great idea, but if my husband found out I threw beef in our crockpot and beef stew wasn’t a result, I think he might cry. Any suggestions on how to make beef stew and safe this stuff as well? Perhaps I cook the beef, then cube some and cook in beef stock for a stew? Or do I cook a stew with extra meat and just pull out the meat and use that for other roast beef things (like those yummy lookin burritos)

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Rebecca February 5, 2009 at 1:26 pm

We buy a half of car from my dad’s farm every year so I understand what you’re saying about how you can really get a lot from a good cut of meat.

I need to strive more towards making new things with the leftover roasts and not cooking more than we need for our family at once! Sometimes I cook like I’m cooking for a college football team!

Great post!

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Noah's Mommy February 5, 2009 at 1:33 pm

your readers…never cease to amaze me….

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Anonymous February 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Are you feeding your families mouse size portions????? Are they not allowed seconds at dinner??? Or, do you have toddlers who don’t eat the meat anyway? I can’t understand how you could possibly stretch a roast into 3 fulfilling meals. My family of 4 wouldn’t have much leftovers from a little roast like that.

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Anonymous February 5, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Are you feeding your families mouse size portions????? Are they not allowed seconds at dinner??? Or, do you have toddlers who don’t eat the meat anyway? I can’t understand how you could possibly stretch a roast into 3 fulfilling meals. My family of 4 wouldn’t have much leftovers from a little roast like that.

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$5 Dinner Mom February 5, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Dear Anonymous-

I purchase larger roasts so that I can stretch them into 3 meals. If you are going to ask questions and have doubts about what is happening here, please leave contact information so you can be updated.

Also, I encourage you to check your portion sizes. More information can be found under my “Portion Distortion” post.

Thanks!

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Amy @ Finer Things February 5, 2009 at 1:51 pm

Dear Anonymous — Three pounds of roast for your family of four, in one meal… that’s 3/4 pound of meat per person, plus sides. Wow! Impressive appetites at your house!

My children are small — 5, 3, and 1, but they LOVE roast beef. We’re raising them to be really good, grateful eaters. No room for “picky” at our table. ;-)

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Bargain Briana February 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I would guess it would depend on the age of your kids. My kids are 10, 8, 4, and 2. We still usually have leftovers and my roast is usually around 2 lbs before cooking!

Now, if you have teenage boys, I can totally see how there would be no leftovers!

Amy – Great post! We are trying to utilize leftovers better as no one appreciates MOnday’s meal on Tuesday! :) We also buy 1/4 of a cow and the meat is the best and works out to $2/lb for every type of cut!

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Sonya February 5, 2009 at 3:11 pm

That roast at the top with the potatoes and carrots looks exactly like what we used to eat every Sunday afternoon when I was a child. I am honestly getting choked up just seeing that picture and remembering the family suppers back then!
Sonya

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Joy @FrugalMenuMamas February 5, 2009 at 3:55 pm

This is a great idea! I do this without even thinking sometimes (use one meat several ways). I mentioned $5 dinners today on my blog. :)
http://www.frugalmenumamas.com

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Suze February 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm

I guess I have a dumb question regarding cooking the roast in the crockpot.
How do you cook your roast in the crockpot? Do you add any liquid.
It seems if I add some liquid then my potatoes turn a brownish color.
Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks

I love your blog!

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Amy @ Finer Things February 5, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Hi Suze. That’s not a stupid question at all! I put my roast in the crockpot then put carrots, onions, and potatoes around it. Sometimes I sprinkle in some beef bouillon and other times I use Lipton onion soup mix for seasoning. Then I do add water. I don’t know how much, but it almost covers the roast.

Yes, the potatoes do get a little brown, but that’s just all the yummy roast flavor in them. ;-) I think in the picture I had some leftover mashed potatoes mixed in with the new mashed potatoes from the roast. That’s why they aren’t quite so brown.

Thanks for asking! Amy

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Celeste February 5, 2009 at 11:15 pm

A roast makes 1 dinner then lunch the next day wit sandwiches, then hash(meat, taters and gravy, some people call it stew)for another dinner amd that will be lunch the next day

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Everything Moms February 6, 2009 at 7:05 am

LOVE this! Thank you so much for sharing!

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Anonymous February 6, 2009 at 4:20 pm

Question: for the buritos, I checked your recipe. Would it be about the same (or close to it) to just mix some of the roast with salsa??? I work fulltime and I’m always looking for “quickies” to take for lunch. Think it’d tase the same? Looks good, but even better……THAT QUICHE!!!!!!!!!! OH MY!

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BathCake February 6, 2009 at 5:22 pm

I, too, get 2-3 meals out of a roast for our family of 5. I typically do the traditional roast (in the oven), then use the leftover in fajitas one night and in stroganoff another night. Your stew looks amazing. :)

~Erin

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Amy @ Finer Things February 7, 2009 at 12:24 am

Hi, Anonymous. Yes, I think you can do salsa. I actually didn’t have green chilies this time around, so I used a can of Rotel and some frozen tomatoes from my garden. Tasted great!

Gotta love those recipes that can be altered for convenience and still be tasty. ;-)

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Anonymous February 7, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Me again….Thanks Amy! I actually just got a whole slew of Rotel free so I’ll try that. Now, speaking of “tomatoes from your garden”….HOW DO YOU FREEZE THEM??? I get lots of them from my neighbor and haven’t a clue how to freeze em. Maybe i should rephrase that and say my “pitiful attempts” came out frozen, watery mush!

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Amy @ Finer Things February 7, 2009 at 7:23 pm

For my Anonymous friend ;-) Freezing tomatoes… I’ve only frozen the small tomatoes (cherry? plum?) and I just laid them on a cookie sheet as is, skin on, and put the whole thing in the freezer.

Once frozen, I bag them in ziplocks. When I take them out for soup or these burritos I pop them in hot water for a few seconds and the skins slip right off!

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Suz February 10, 2009 at 4:06 pm

I do very similar things with roast when I make it. Sometimes BBQ beef sandwiches if there is enough left, and then veggie soup- one of my favs!

Good post!

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Cooking Times For Roast Beef November 3, 2009 at 1:51 am

At last a blog which is what it says on the side of the can. Thank you so much for all the content you have here, particularly One Beef Roast – Three Meals | $5 Dinners. It’s really great. Billi Viltman.

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