If you’re on a budget, your slow-cooker could be your new best friend. Slow cooking foods is a fantastic way to stretch flavor and get more bang for your buck.
By slow cooking you can:
- Build flavors over a longer period of time
- Tenderize cheaper cuts of meat (like beef shins) that would be tough if cooked quickly
- Use cheaper staple foods (like dry beans) that more thinking ahead, but overall cost you less money
- Prepare a large quantity of food for very minimal effort
- Pair your slow-cooked dish with a quick-cooking starch (like rice or pasta) to strech your dollar even further
Recipes for the slow-cooked dish shown @ top of post:
Beef Shins cooked in Switchback (beer) and Stubbs (BBQ sauce)
- Mix together 1 cup beer, 2-3 Tbsp. bbq sauce, 1 tsp. each minced garlic, salt, chili powder, and 1/2 cup chopped onion.
- Add 1 cup water and stir gently.
- Add beef shins.
- Cook on low 8+ hours.
- Serve with slow-cooked beans and rice.
- 1 cup dried beans (I use a mixture of chickpeas, beans, and brown or green lentils) – do NOT use red or yellow lentils because they will get super-mushy
- 2 cups cold water
- 1 rounded teaspoon salt
- drained beans
- 1/2 cup chopped onion (white or yellow is best here – red gives off a strange flavor sometimes
- 1-2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
- 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
- 1/4 teaspoon chili powder or paprika
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups veggie stock or water
- optional: replace 1/4 cup of stock or water with salsa
- optional: add additional chopped veggies like carrots, celery or sweet peppers