Thursday, January 5, 2012

Dishing It Up Recipe Hop: Slow Cooker Meals--Easy Vegetable Beef Soup


This is a new year and my recipe hop partners and I wanted to try doing things a little bit different!  We are going to be posting on Thursday mornings now instead of Saturdays.  We are going to be sticking with monthly themes, and we have some giveaways in the works!

This month out theme is slow cooker meals.  We all love cooking with our slow cooker because they are sooo versatile, and oh so easy to use!  (and pretty much fool proof!  Although, I do admit to burning a roast in a crock-pot my first year of marriage!)

The recipe I'm going to share with you this week is one I just cooked last week.  I pulled ingredients out of my pantry to make it purely based on items I had on hand (that I had purchased with coupons!), and I must say it was one of my best soups!

I made this meal in a large crock-pot.  If you have a smaller one, you may wish to cut down on the meat, and use only 2 cans of each of the other ingredients.  My family of 4 ate two dinners, and a lunch off of this, and then put one meal into the freezer.

2-3 lbs Beef  (I used ~2 1/2lbs of beef shank that I purchased for just $1.59/lb)  *Note: On sale through 1/10 for same price*
3 cans beef broth
3 broth cans full of water
3 cans mixed vegtables
season to taste

Place all ingredients into the crockpot (I tossed the meat in frozen).  Cook on high until meat is tender.

Note*:  You really can't mess up a soup in a crockpot.  The longer it cooks the more tender the beef is and the better the flavor if you ask me.  I usually start these around 10am, and turn them down to low heat mid afternoon.  If you work, you may wish to let it simmer on low all day.

Cost Breakdown:
Beef (half of the 5 lbs I bought)= $3.80
Beef Broth  (3 cans @ $0.49 each)= $1.47
Mixed Vegetables(3 cans @ $0.26 each) = $0.78

Total cost $6.05 and that fed/will feed us 4 meals!  That's $1.51 per meal for a family of 4!

Please check out the other slow cooker meals from my friends at Thrifty Texas Penny, Pary Moppins, Deals From MS Do, The Happy Lil Homemaker, Mama's Money TreeEating With Mimi, 20SomethingSaver, and Dearly Domestic listed below.  If you have a slow cooker meal, link up!  Please add our button to your post to help spread the word!


Pary Moppins January 5, 2012 at 12:28 PM  

I love easy soups like this! Thanks for sharing!

Kiki January 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM  

Sounds great and love the breakdown with the prices!

MiMi January 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM  

This is one of my favorite ways to end the month and maximize what is in the pantry! The price breakdown shows just how good this recipe is for the pocketbook too!!

Amanda January 6, 2012 at 8:51 AM  

Thanks ladies! I will try to keep the price breakdowns. I like them too, and it reminds me how much food I can make for the cost a a few fast food hamburgers!

Erika @ My Road to Savings January 6, 2012 at 9:31 AM  

I love making soups in my crockpot! My husband is always telling me soup isn't a But I am a soup fanatic and I think it drives him nuts sometimes :)

shopannies January 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM  

oh sounds so delicious I love soups like this

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