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Before and After: Chuck Roast

DSCN2637Part of my goal for The Frugal Farmer is to share ways in which we save money on our grocery bill.  So, I’ve created a new series called “Before and After”, in which I’ll share how we took the leftovers from one meal and turned them into something else.  Today, I’ll talk about chuck roast. 

Pot roast with potatoes and carrots is, in my humble opinion, one of the easiest and most delicious dinners to make.  Throw a roast and some veggies in the oven (don’t forget the water and spices) for a couple of hours and voila!  Delicious dinner, ready to eat!

The other great thing about a pot roast is that you can take the leftovers and make them into several other options for the next day’s lunch or dinner.  This week, we took our leftover pot roast, chopped it up and threw it into our chili recipe.

DSCN2652Roast beef gives chili an extra rich flavor, more so than ground beef.  And the sweetness in the meat left by the carrots will only enhance your chili’s flavor, whatever your recipe.

Some other options for your leftover roast?

BBQ Beef sandwiches: just add ketchup, worchestershire and brown sugar to taste, then cook in the crockpot for several hours until tender.

Hot roast beef sandwiches: add 5 cloves fresh pressed garlic, salt, chopped onion, and cook in the crockpot for several hours.

Beef stew: you can use the leftover carrots and potatoes here too.

Beef stroganoff

Goulash

Fajitas: just add some stir fried green peppers and onions to your beef after you’ve chopped it, some cumin and chili powder, and serve with warm tortillas.

With a little creativity, leftovers don’t have to be boring anymore!

What do you do with your roast beef leftovers?

15 comments

  1. Great idea for a series Laurie! Not to mention I am now hungry. ;)We don’t eat a lot of roast beef ourselves, but we do this a lot with chicken we have. We buy a roaster and cook it in the crockpot and the leftovers can be used for a wide variety of things.

    • Laurie says:

      Thanks, John! Chicken is another meat that can be used in so many ways. I’m sure I’ll have a Before and After post about that one day, and then you can share the great things you do with your chicken leftovers. 🙂

    • Laurie says:

      Funny, my “skills” are somewhat hereditary, but when I was a kid, we were super poor, and often at the end of the month had very little food in the house, and we would have to “create” a meal out of 3 or 4 ingredients. It was tough, but we learned to be inventive. 🙂

  2. Pauline says:

    Cool post idea! I usually freeze with the sauce but not the potatoes as they get mushy. Or shred in a stir fry, tacos, over eggs for the next day’s breakfast… I rarely make chili, and love it, thanks for the reminder!

  3. Too bad you aren’t closer, I’d be over for lunch. That bowl of chili looks delicious! I love making pot roast in our slow cooker and I have to admit I am not very creative when it comes to using the leftovers, all though I do enjoy every suggestion you listed.

    • Laurie says:

      LOL, actually, my chili, IMHO, is boring with a capital “B”. Rick just ate a great chili meal at the Fire Dept. (he’s a firefighter) last week, so I’m working on getting that recipe. If the kids and I love it as much as Rick did, I’ll definitely be sharing. 🙂

    • Laurie says:

      Rick never would eat leftovers either much, but I’ve learned to create things with them in a way where they taste pretty good mostly, and his cheapness has finally surpassed his paranoia about leftovers, so we’re good there. 🙂

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