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31 Days to Save in 2012 – Day 14 – Dinner Times Three!

Posted By: terisblog on March, 14 2012

“31 Days to Save in 2012”:
A 31 day crash course to cut food costs big time in 2012! saves TIME!

One of my favorite things to do is to save money! And my other favorite thing to do is to save time! I also LOVE to make delicious healthy meals for my family! But sometimes, if we run out of time, we end up eating out or not using our resources. So…

That’s why I love “Dinner Times Three”. The idea is to make extra on purpose, with a plan to make two more meals out of what’s already cooked! This is different than “Cook Two”, as “Dinner Times Three” goes in the fridge and has an encore for two more nights, but dressed in a different costume! ;) And it’s a quick  ”show” for three days straight!

Watch this VIDEO of my “10 minute Roast.” Just one idea for the first day of “Dinner Times Three”!

5 minute commitment done!

Now to show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 14 “Dinner Times Three.” Ask questions, or share the great deals you’ve invested in by buying the limit!

Optional Additional studies and for your reading pleasure:

In today’s example of “Dinner Times Three,” I made enough roast to make dinner for the next two nights. For the second night, I’ll be making Carnitas Tacos. And the third night is a delicious Beef Pot Pie. All three dinners are super fast, easy and delicious. I’ll be posting my recipes on the Facebook wall in the next few days for those.

Another example of “Dinner Times Three” is my standard practice of roasting two chickens, even though we barely eat just one. On the second night, we may have a Chinese chicken salad, and the third night could be Chicken Casserole or Chicken Pot Pie. Or make two chicken casseroles on the second night and put one in the freezer, sort of a combo idea.

Here’s some more ideas on how to get that first night rolled out for “Dinner Times Three,” an excerpt from my book, “Shop Smart, Save More.”

Crank it out on busy mornings

When I know I’m going to have a rushed morning and want to ensure that I get my slow cooker started before I leave the house, I prepare the night before. Usually, it only takes me 10 minutes or less to do this advance prep. The night before:

1. Cut and trim meat. Put it in a separate container in the fridge.

2. Wash and cut vegetables. Store them in a reclosable bag in the fridge, separate from the meat.

3. Cut potatoes and put in water. If using potatoes, I wash them, and prepare them and store them covered in water to prevent them from turning brown.

Once you make friends with your slow cooker for your weekly night off, it just might become a love affair. You might like it so much, you may decide to take two nights off each week.

Fool-proof Roast – Let’s start with the basic, easiest, and maybe the all time favorite, the Lipton onion soup mix slow cooked pot roast. That’s a mouthful. So I just call it “fool-proof roast”!

1 roast (any kind, any size that fits with about an inch of space or more around the sides)
2 cans of cream of mushroom soup
1 package of Lipton’s onion soup mix

Put the two cans of soup in the slow cooker.  Add one can of water. Add the onion soup mix. Blend with a wire whisk. Gently lower the roast into the liquid. The liquid needs to come just to the top of the roast to barely cover it. If it’s covered by a lot already, no problem. You don’t need to add more. You’ll have lots of gravy, too. If you need more to get the roast covered, fill the can with water again, and pour in just enough of that second can of water to get it to just cover the top of the roast. If that second can doesn’t cover it, that’s fine. Don’t add more than two cans total. Turn the slow cooker on low and let it cook all day. Serve over rice, pasta or potatoes. My favorite is quick cooking rice from my stockpile (cooked in a separate pan on the stove). Toss a salad and your meal is complete!

Tip: I hope you have leftovers. This roast and gravy make the very best pot pies. Add some frozen mixed veggies tomorrow night, and make up two beef pot pies. One for tomorrow, and one for the freezer. You know the drill!

End of excerpt from “Shop Smart, Save More” by Teri Gault with Sheryl Berk

See you for Day 15, tomorrow!

Lots more days of savings to come!!!
Stay with us!

Now to show your commitment to 31 days, go back and comment on our Facebook thread for Day 14  “Dinner Times Three.” Ask questions, or share some of your favorite ways to make one meal with a plan and a purpose for two more days of yummy leftovers!

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