My Crock-Pot is one of my favourite kitchen appliances to use. It’s so easy to put in all your ingredients and walk away. The great thing with a Crock-Pot is you can use cheaper cuts of meat and still come out with a really tender dinner.
A very easy weeknight meal is meatballs cooked in your Crock-Pot with a sweet and sour sauce. Perfect to pour over white rice. Very simple, but hearty and delicious.
I usually buy a 6 pound bag of Kirkland Signature’s frozen Italian style beef meatballs for $21.99 at Costco (of course!) and can usually get about 3 meals from that bag. I use about 1/3 to 1/2 of the bag for a meal depending on how many people I am cooking for, so if I’m cooking for the six of us, I use about a 1/3 of that 6 pound bag making each meal cost about $7.33.
Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- 1/3 to 1/2 Kirkland Signature 6 lb. package of frozen Italian style beef meatballs
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups ketchup
- 1 to 2 tbsp yellow mustard or Dijon mustard
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 to 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 cup red wine (optional)
- 2 tsp garlic minced
- 1 medium onion
- 1 tsp paprika
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- 1 tsp oregano
Place your meatballs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake in a 400 degree oven for about 20 minutes just to warm the meatballs and give them a chance to brown in the oven.
Mix all the above ingredients, except for the meatballs, together in a bowl or large measuring cup.
Take your meatballs from the oven and place into your Crock-Pot. Pour your sauce over the meatballs and stir to mix well. Set your Crock-Pot to low for 6 hours or on high for about 4 hours.
These sweet and sour meatballs pair well with white rice. You can increase the ingredients for the sweet and sour sauce, if you prefer more sauce, but I find it makes enough to cover the meatballs well and have some extra for some white rice.
I also buy a 5.4 kilogram bag of Uncle Ben’s converted original long grain rice for $14.49. Last week though it was on sale for $11.99. After calculating how many cups in a kilogram, I figured out that rice for one of our meals would cost us about $1.00 ($0.90 to be exact). Considering the cost of the meatballs, the rice, and the condiments and spices used in the recipe above, I would say this meal costs about $10.00 to $11.00 to feed 6 people.
Add a veggie to that meal of steamed broccoli or some green peas and you have a complete meal for about $12.00 for 6 adults. That’s $2.00 per person for dinner. Easy, simple and cheap.
I use my Crock-Pot fairly often. It’s just too easy to make a meal in and the meals always turn out really tender and tasty. As well, the Crock-Pot will save you on energy over the energy used for your oven.
Cooking weeknight meals can be pretty easy. You just need some time to think ahead for most of the week as to what you want to make so that you have the ingredients on hand and so that you prepare something like a Crock-Pot meal in the morning to give it time to cook.