$5.00 No Peek Pot Roast

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So I kinda threw my food budget out the window over the holidays, and now we’re playing catch up.  I actually find it rather entertaining, because being short on funds means I have to get really creative with healthy meals that don’t break the bank.  Earlier this week, Lori over at Vann Clan 5 shared a simple no peek beef tips recipe that got me thinking.

I headed out to Aldi to do my shopping and was stoked to find THREE marked down packs of eye of round steak for right at $3.00 each.  I LOVE picking up discounted packs of tough-as-leather-nobody-wants-to-buy-it meat at Walmart and Aldi, because once you slow cook it, it’s tender as can be!  I grabbed some carrots and onions and a few more ingredients and headed home to make some magic.  This is *such* an easy recipe for anyone to make, check out my $5.00 No Peek Pot Roast below!

$5.00 No Peek Pot Roast

$5.oo No Peek Pot Roast


1 pound of cheap beef (cut into 1/2-1″ cubes) – $3.25

2 cups of chopped carrots (I used 5 medium carrots) – $0.40

1 cup of chopped onion (I used 1 medium onion) – $0.15

1 packet of onion soup mix (the box has 2, only use 1) – $0.5o

2 beef bouillon cubes – $0.20

1 1/2 cups water

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp parsley flakes

1/3 tsp black pepper

$5.00 No Peek Pot Roast

$5.00 No Peek Pot RoastDirections:

1.  Preheat oven to 300.

2.  Combine all ingredients in a baking dish. Cover tightly with foil.

3.  Bake for 3 to 3 1/2 hours.  DO NOT open it to check.  NO PEEKING!

4.  Remove from oven and carefully remove foil to avoid burning yourself with the stream.

5.  Enjoy!

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$5.00 No Peek Pot Roast

I served this over mashed potatoes with mini ciabatta rolls on the side, but you could always eat it over rice or noodles as well.  There will be a good bit of juicy goodness in the bottom of the dish that you can sop up with bread too!  Be sure to let me know when you make it and what you thought!

(Now, just so you know, the hubs was under the impression I was making mac -n- cheese for dinner, so he was NOT pleased when I changed the game plan.  But about an hour in to cooking, the house smelled phenomenal and he was chomping at the bit to taste test!  Trust me, it will be HARD not to peek!)

What’s your favorite low cost meal?  I’d love for you to share below!

Keep on saving!  :o)

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  1. I was so scared about it turning out OK, that I didn’t detract from the original recipe I was given. HOWEVER…i think adding some chunks of onion and carrots would be yummy and serve with potatoes!

    Thanks for the link up too!

    • I have something in me that refuses to stick to the recipe. I can’t even if I try! I’m such a rebel, lol. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. I don’t think to purposely get extra of those discounted packages. You are smart and it’s so true that the crockpot can work magic.

    • Definitely grab some if it works out with your budget. I always have a ton of meat in the freezer that I can play around with. It’s such a great price, especially for feeding my large family!

  3. Thanks for sharing something simple.
    I’d like to try this in the crockpot.
    How long and at what temp should I do it?

    • I’d love to try it in a crock pot as well. I’d think low for 3-4 hours would be the equivalent.

      • I would think that would work. If you’re home, maybe cook it on medium for an hour to get it good and hot and then turn it down. Though if you cut the meat small, low would probably be just fine too.

    • I would think somewhere around medium or low for 3-4 hours would do it. Just make sure the meat is cut up small so it cooks all the way through!

  4. Oh nice! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. This is right up my alley! Hubby would love this too. Thanks!!

  6. I do love a good pot roast and your recipe sounds so easy and yummy.

  7. I love my slowcooker although it’s not getting a lot of use at the moment as I’m in summer time. It cooks the odd chook still but that’s it. I know what you mean about getting creative, I enjoy a challenge but sometimes it borders on rediculous! lol.
    Thanks for sharing, it looks delicious.

    • I definitely like to use the oven in the winter to help heat up the house, but a slow cooker is great for the hot summer months!

  8. Bernetta says:

    It looks like it turned good! And $5 …. you surely can’t beat that!

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