11 $5 Slow-Cooker Recipes That Taste Like a Million Bucks
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When time and money aren’t on your side, pull out your slow cooker and head to the store, because these 11 recipes can feed a family of four for about five dollars. Start your slow cooker the night prior or before you head to work in the morning, and come home to a hearty home-cooked meal. These easy slow-cooker recipes make for simple breakfast, lunch, or dinner that won’t break your budget.
These slow-cooker recipes feature lean proteins, hearty beans, and lots of vegetables to keep your family healthy and happy. Prices vary by grocery store and geographical location, but we made sure to suggest inexpensive cuts of meat and commonly found vegetables to keep prices in check. In addition to shopping smarter — choosing on-sale and discounted items — meal planning can go a long way in reducing your weekly cost of food.
According to the USDA, the average American family of four spends between $130 and $300 on food per week. This price can skyrocket when you factor in the average person’s dining-out costs per week. Food can quickly become a real budget-buster, which is why The Daily Meal has rounded up these 11 cost-effective recipes to help you get through the week with as little effort as possible.
Cheesy Potato Slow-Cooker Soup
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Classic Slow-Cooker Beef Stew
Hearty stews are inexpensive and filling. Stew meat retails for around $2 a pound in most locations, making this recipe a hearty, cheap meal for a family of four.
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.