My husband has become the master at preparing our oven-baked pot roast. He uses Montreal Steak seasoning, onions, garlic, and -- when we have them -- mushrooms. That's it.
He made rice to go along with it last night. We love roast and rice so much that we usually don't even have a vegetable with it. We just want roast and rice. The kids devour it and so do we. Last night, we dug in so quickly that I didn't even think to take a picture!
Here's a price run-down:
pot roast -- around $7.00
(purchased from Publix at $2.39/lb.)
rice -- around $.33
(Rico brand rice purchased at Publix on sale; no longer at that price.)
Onion -- around $.30
garlic -- around $.15
seasoning -- less than $.05
Total: less than $8 for our Sunday dinner, even with the butter, salt, and pepper that we added to the rice and that I didn't account for.
That's a little more than I normally pay for a meal at home, but it's a special meal. Food on Sundays should be more special than every other day, right? That's what I think, anyway.
I know we have some left over, so I'll have to come up with a creative take-two recipe. Stay tuned for tonight's Frugal Dinner: Sweet and Tangy ham with rice or noodles (Another Daddy special; he's so great in the kitchen. You know, it takes me about 45 minutes to cook a Rachael Ray 30 minute meal, but he can actually do it in 30. Amazing.)