Slash your food bills with a versatile slow cooker and budget-friendly family meals.
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- Buy a chuck roast on sale and toss it in a large slow cooker. (Cooking cheaper cuts of meat in the slow cooker makes them tender and more flavorful.)
- Fill the insert halfway with water so the meat won’t toughen. Cover and cook on low for seven to eight hours.
- When the roast is done, divide it into meal-size portions in plastic storage containers and refrigerate.
Each night, make a dinner out of the meat, such as beef and noodles or hot beef sandwiches. You also can freeze the meat for later in the month. That way you’ll have something to eat in a pinch and won’t resort to pricey takeout.
Try this slow-cooker recipe: Beef Stroganoff (pictured)