The price of life if going up, but your quality of your food can still be at a low cost. This entire meal costs under 8 bucks (not including the rice and green beans shown in the picture). Sometimes it's all in the way you shop! Some local butchers or old country grocery stores have lower prices than major retailers. Their meat is also usually more fresh. Enjoy this dinner with a small family or 2-4 people. Pile on more veggies to make it stretch.
(Serves 4 people)
Meat & Protein
1 ½ lb Beef Tips (I found a pack for $5.50 from my local butcher)
1 Yellow Onion, diced ($0.38)
3 Celery Stalks ($0.08)
5 Baby Portobello Mushrooms, sliced ($0.15)
3 Carrots, sliced ($0.18)
4 Garlic Cloves, minced ($0.08)
Baking & Spices
2 tsp Salt (more, if desired)
2 tsp Cracked Black Pepper (more, if desired)
2 tsp Garlic Powder
1 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Dried Parsley
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
4-5 tbsp. Cornstarch ($0.05)
24 oz. Low Sodium Beef Broth (3/4 of container) ($1)
3 tbsp Browning & Seasoning ($0.10)
½ cup Water
Oils & Vinegars
4 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil ($.016)
2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce ($0.32)
2 tbsp Ketchup
Wash and add 1 ½ lbs of beef tips to a large bowl. Pat completely dry with paper towels. Add 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of black pepper, 1 tsp of garlic powder, and 3 tsp of Worcestershire sauce. Stir and set aside.
Heat a large pot or Dutch oven on medium high heat and add 2 tbsp of Extra Virgin olive oil. Brown the beef tips and remove from the pot. Set aside. Tip: If you pot is smaller, brown the beef in smaller batches.
Turn the heat down to medium. Add 2 tbsp of Extra Virgin olive oil and sauté one diced yellow onion, 3 diced celery stalks, 5 sliced baby Portobello mushrooms, 3 sliced carrots, and 4 mined garlic cloves. Cook until the onions are translucent.
Add low 24 oz of low sodium beef broth, 3 tbsp of browning & seasoning, 2 tbsp of ketchup, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of black pepper, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of dried parsley, 1 tsp of cayenne pepper. Use a wooden spoon to stir and scrap the bits off the bottom of the pot.
In a separate bowl, whisk together ½ cup of water and 4-5 tbsp of cornstarch. Add more of less cornstarch depending on how thick you want the sauce to be. Add the beef tips back in. Stir and cover.
Let cook on medium heat for 1 hour or until the meat is tender. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
Serve over a bed of white rice or mashed potatoes.
Now you have something cooked from the SOUL. Serve it to the CULTURE!