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10 Ways to Use a Beef Roast – Tricks for Streching Real Food to Save Money

10 ways to use roast beef.  Simple ways to stretch a cut of meat so that you can get two to three meals from it. From WholesomeMommy.com

We all have hectic days – days when we’ve got to make it ball practices, bible studies, meetings, and scouts.  These are the nights it is really easy to just hit the fast food drive thru.

But, with a little organization and forethought you can feed your family real, clean food with minimal effort – FAST.  How?  Get to know your crockpot!

Crockpots or slow cookers – whatever you call them – are wonderful tools everyone should have.  It allows you to put a piece of tough, inexpensive meat on to cook in the morning so that you can come home to a juicy falling off the bone piece of meat in the evening.

One thing I like to make in my crockpot is a beef roast.  Any type will do {cheaper is better for the crockpot!}.   And, when you are buying grass fed beef {which is more expensive } you should really get to know the cheaper cuts of meat!

I just thaw the roast out in my fridge by placing the frozen beef roast in my fridge the night before. In the morning, I place the roast, an onion, peeled and cut into fourths, and enough water to just cover the meat.  I also like to add a good tablespoon of better the bullion to “beef up” the broth flavor – especially if I intend to make gravy later. Then, I just set the crock pot to cook on high for 6 hours.   After 6 hours I check the roast and if it is not falling apart, I just turn the crock pot back on high for 4 more hours and turn it off when I am ready to eat and can no longer wait. :)

Of course, you can eat this roast just like it is – just add some mashed potatoes and some kind of green vegetable and you’ve got a quick meal or delicious Sunday dinner.  But, to make this roast stretch REALLY far, I have lots of meals I can use it for that require only a little meat to make a hearty meal.  Of course, you can add more meat, but really meat should be thought of a side dish and vegetables should be the main dish in a healthy meal. We should be eating about 4 ounces of meat – but as Americans we typically eat a lot more than that!

Here are some other ideas for how to use that beef roast or the leftovers {You can typically get 3 or more meals from an average roast for a family of 4}:

  • Beef Pot Pie: Use some of the leftover shredded beef, 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies, and leftover gravy.  Pour into a premade or homemade pie crust
  • Roast beef hoagies: Saute some onions {and bell pepper if you like}.  Top hoagie rolls with provolone cheese, beef and onion mixture.
  • Beef Stroganoff: follow my recipe here but substitute roast beef for ground beef – delicious!
  • Supreme Burritos: Heat some refried beans.  Place beef, beans, and any toppings you prefer (sour cream, lettuce, salsa, tomatoes, onions, avacado, cheese, etc) into flour tortillas.   Serve with rice and some cheese dip!
  • Broccoli Beef Stirfry: Fabulous with lomein noodles or white rice.  And, you can use up what ever vegetables you have on hand too!  With stirfry anything goes!
  • Beef Stew: Add leftover beef and gravy (thinned with water or beef stock) to cooked carrots and potatoes
  • Alphabet Vegetable Beef Soup: Add leftover beef and gravy (thinned with water or beef stock) or broth to a soup pot.  Add a bag of mixed vegetables and some alphabet pasta to make a hearty soup!
  • BBQ Beef Sandwiches: Use leftover shredded beef and some BBQ sauce.  Put on toasty buns.
  • Roast Beef Hash: Chop up leftover roast.  Dice some Potatoes.  Fry potatoes on a hot griddle (like hashbrowns) in a little vegetable oil.  Add in leftover beef and continue to cook until warm.  Pour over some leftover gravy and cook a minute longer.  Serve it up with fried eggs and toast for a hearty Saturday morning breakfast or a delicious dinner.

Got any more ideas for leftover roast beef?  Share ‘em in the comments!

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  1. We also cook a roast in the crockpot with a can of Ro-Tel, diced tomatoes and chiles. We use the meat for tacos, burritos or sandwiches. It is also good with the leftover taco fixings in a salad. Yum!

  2. Great Ideas! I will have to try some!

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  4. How many pounds of roast do you cook to get it to last for three meals?

    • Denisesawyer says:

      The basic guidelines is 1/2 pound {uncooked} per person – if you are serving it as a main course {like Sunday dinner}. So, for my family of four to get one nice dinner plus one where meat is an ingredients and one where it is a soup I usually do a 3 to 4 pound roast.
      Wholesome Mommy

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