2.18.2009

Thursday's Thrifty Meals at New Seasons!

Bargain Meal of the Week

This week's Thrifty Meal from New Seasons is simple, nourishing, and will provide at least three (if not more) additional meals for the freezer or nourishing lunches. Using a thrifty cut of meat that's on sale at New Seasons, along with a handful of cheap bulk spices (10% off all bulk items right now at New Seasons!) make this easy meal in the morning and forget the dinnertime hassle!

Slow-Cooked Shredded Beef Tostados

1 bottomless round roast (approx. 3 lbs) $8.97 (@ $2.99/lb)
2 medium onions, sliced ($0.25 each from Costco)
2 cups beef or chicken stock, homemade preferably ($0.30 if homemade)
5 tablespoons chili powder ($0.62 on sale)
3 tablespoons onion powder ($0.45 on sale)
1 tablespoon each cumin, garlic powder, paprika, powdered oregano, and Rapadura (evaporated cane juice) (est. cost $1.25 all on sale except Rapadura)
2 1/2 teaspoons sea salt (on major sale at $0.50/lb)
4 diced serrano peppers ($0.40)
3 tablespoons arrowroot powder and enough water to make a paste ($0.31 on sale)
1 package sprouted corn tortillas (Food for Life brand) optional ($2.50) or
1 package rice tortillas (For for Life brand)($2.50) or
4 leaves romaine lettuce (if you're going grain-free) ($0.50)
3 or more tablespoons olive oil or melted lard for tortillas ($0.10)

Total (using tortillas): $14.97 divided by 4: $3.74 per meal!
Total (sans tortillas) : $12.47 divided by 4: $ 3.12 per meal!

Optional: TOPPINGS (I suggest you just use what you have or what's in season where you live to save money):

Shredded raw cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, salsa, sour cream, cortido (recipe in Nourishing Traditions).

Place beef and onion in slow cooker. Combine stock and seasonings in a small bowl. Pour over beef and onion. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until tender. Remove largest pieces of meat to bowl or cutting board and shred with two forks. Add arrowroot paste to the leftover juices at the bottom of the slow cooker. Once thick, stir in the meat and chilies.

While the meat is cooking, prepare tortillas. Brush both sides with olive oil or lard and bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes until crisp.

Place the meat on the tortilla and top with toppings as desired.

Modified from Source.

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3 comments:

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

Yummy! Wonderful recipe, Carrie! :)

I actually bought some of the meat, but then ran out of brain power to think up what to do with it. I was hoping you would. :) I got some of the tortillas, too, to take on our road trip with us, since I won't be able to cook in family's gluten-filled kitchens.

Oh, and I was annoyed- the NS I went to didn't have arrowroot! Now I'll have to go elsewhere to track it down.

Blessings,
Michele

Tracy said...

I just stumbled across your blog when I was looking for grain free menu planning ideas. What a treasure trove of ideas and information you have hear.

It's nice to find someone who loves 'French Women Don't Get Fat' and 'Nourishing Traditions'. I feel like we could've been kindred spirits in real life :)

Carrie T said...

Michele,

I'm so glad you might be able to make use of that amazing deal on bottom roast! I was very enlightened by your use of split peas and ham hock; now that was a thrifty meal for sure! What a bummer about the arrowroot! Would People's have it?

Tracy,

So glad to have you here!!! Yes, this blog is slowly morphing into "traditional grain-free nutrition made simple & affordable"...ha ha. Thanks for your encouragement!

Carrie