Monday, July 6, 2009

Cheap Slow Cooker Meals




I've been trying to empty my cabinets, and still make decent meals that I can spread out over a couple of days.








This past week, we've had both Onion Soup with Beer Bread, and Black Bean Chili made in the slow cooker. The Onion Soup recipe I pretty much made exactly as written on the Crockpot Lady's site, but the Black Bean Chili and Beer Bread I tweaked a bit. I don't have self-rising flour, so I added 1 tsp salt and 1 TB baking powder to the Beer Bread. I also used light beer, as a stronger ale would taste too overwhelming. My husband would like to point out that we only had light beer in the house from a relative's visit, and that he only drinks manly beers like Guinness and Bass. In trying to get rid of the "swill", we've been eating a lot of beer bread. I'm not really complaining ;).

If you would like to try my version of the chili, omit the turkey, add a small can of mild chilies, and add a TB of cumin and red wine vinegar each.

If you're doing Weight Watchers, the beer bread is 2 points per slice, the chili is 3 points per serving, and the onion soup is 2 points per serving.

The costs to make each meal? I'd say, using canned beans, tomato, and chilies, it was $6 for 4 good-sized servings of chili. If I had used dried beans, it would be much less. The beer bread was maybe 50 cents to make tops. For the onion soup, I used a more expensive low-sodium beef broth (I have edema and must watch my sodium intake), which was pricey. It ended up being nearly $1o for 6 servings.

A future project will be making and freezing my own beef stock.