So this week my parents decided to be really sweet and give me the inspiration behind a new blog topic: Eating When You’re Broke. Yes, they basically decided to play a fun little trick on me called cutting Kit off. However, I’m the type of girl who can take any tragedy and turn it into a treasure (be on the lookout for my new cookbook, Teresa Giudice style).
Though they left me destitute, my parents at least sent me off with a few groceries, shouting out recipe ideas as I walked out the door with my head hung low and tear drops forming behind my eyes. So armed with nothing but my crock pot and my craftiness, I got to work on recipes for Kit’s Kitchen: Kit’s Cracked Out Crock Pot Edition
Things to know before we begin:
1. I primarily shop at Giant. In my experience, I have always been able to find a Giant grocery store in any low-income neighborhood. Naturally, I have come to the conclusion that this is because Giant has the lowest prices on grocery items. Whether or not this is true, I don’t really care to get into, babes. I know, it’s a P.C. world, I’m just living in it. Just FYI that most of my recipes will feature items that I’ve found on sale at Giant.
2. I am a huge fan of convenience foods. Unfortunately, a lot of the time, convenience foods = unhealthy foods or super expensive foods. Anything that cuts down on the amount of effort I have to put into anything, I’m all for it. Therefore, if it comes frozen, you can bet I’ll buy it that way.
3. Cooking for one is an art I have yet to master. I think I’ll be married soon anyway so why bother learning? (remember how I’m single though? Lol) Anyway, I tend to cook more than I need but I’ve come to accept the fact that I will be eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
Kit’s Baby Is Broke Beef Stew
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 Bag Giant Frozen Vegetables ($1)
1 can stewed tomatoes ($.67)
1 pkg Beef for stew (precut) ($5-$7)
1 can beef broth ($1.99) or Bouillon cube dissolved in 1 cup hot water (which will be cheaper.)
1 potato (peeled & cut into cubes) (.60)
1 package slow cooker beef stew seasoning (1.79)
1 cup water (FREE!)
I skipped the potatoes b/c I’m lazy and have a phobia of carbs FYI.
Place all ingredients in your crock pot, stir around a bit, cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours. Then head off to work and think about how happy you’ll be to have dinner ready and waiting for you when you get home!