This recipe for rolled roast beef with spinach and semi dried tomatoes includes a video to show how to cut and roll the beef. The filling combines spinach or silverbeet with onions, garlic and semi dried tomatoes. This dish is both gluten and dairy free.
Continue reading for an easy onion gravy and money saving tips.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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How to Make Onion Gravy
Use the onions and any leftover juices in the pan to make a gravy. Simply put them in a small saucepan then add 1 ½ cups of water, 1 gluten free beef stock cube and salt and pepper to taste.
Next mix together 2 tablespoons of flour or cornstarch (gluten free) and enough water to form a runny paste then add to the gravy. Cook stirring with a whisk over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Cook for a minute more to remove the taste of the flour. If it isn’t thick enough then just add more flour mixed with water.
Try adding a clove of chopped garlic or thyme to your gravy.
I tenderised the meat after cutting but this wouldn’t be necessary with good quality beef.
Save money by buying roast beef only when you see it on special at the store. If you are not ready to use it simply place in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw out in the fridge overnight before using.
Consider growing your own spinach or silverbeet. Silverbeet is very easy to grow in most climates and provides continuous picking making it an economic crop to grow. They even grow well in pots if you don’t have much room. See this Silverbeet Growing guide for more information.
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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