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Crock Pot Simple Greek Inspired Beef Roast

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Today our Crock Pot post comes from The Cheapskate Cook….any friend of the CHEAP is a friend of mine. Thanks Steph! :-)

If I’ve learned one thing in my frugal cooking experience, it’s how smart old people are. Really.

I think of all the things our grandparents did that people have laughed at over the years – washing their freezer bags, refusing to get credit cards, using that old seventies sofa until its exposed springs were a tetanus hazard. Then I look at these new blogs popping up every day, and I can’t help but laugh all over again. We’re suddenly realizing that our grandparents were pretty smart. They might not have a huge Twitter following (let’s face it – most of them are pretty savvy members of Facebook now), but many of them have wise ideas about handling and saving money.

A few years ago, after pinching our pennies, my husband and I were able to visit his old relatives that still live in the hill village inGreecewhere Chris’ family came from. We stayed with them for two months. During that time, my theas (“aunts” – only they weren’t actually my aunts – more like distant cousins who treated us like their long lost favorite children), taught me how to make Greek food. Most dishes involved exorbitant amounts of olive oil and salt, but each one of them was simple, frugal, and made with whole, real food ingredients. (I also learned I could cut down on the oil and salt and still make awesome food.)

They were delicious. Turns out the past generations knew a thing or two about whole food cooking as well as money.

This recipe was inspired by my Greek thea who served us this dish fairly regularly. She used a pressure cooker and I use a slow cooker; she boiled the meat and I brown it. But the basic recipe is the same, and the result is a savory, tender roast that only requires a few frugal ingredients and absolutely no processed ones.

Making this dish not only reminds me of my husband’s – and now my – Greek heritage, it also reminds me that I have a lot to learn from those people who do crazy, wise things like wash freezer bags and refuse to get credit cards.

When Steph and her husband got married, they lived in a renovated shed and had a grocery budget that matched. As a passionate whole-foodie, Steph was determined to continue eating healthy, minimally-processed foods on their shoestring budget. So The Cheapskate Cook was born.


*This post is linked at Weekend Whatever on Your Thriving Family, at Homestead Barn Hop at The Prairie Homestead, at Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, at Make Your Own Monday at Nourishing Treasures, at Healthy 2Day Wednesday on Day2Day Joys, at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, at Cooking Thursday on Diary of a Stay at Home Mom, at Proverbs 31 Thursday on Raising Mighty Arrows, at Full Plate Thursday on Miz Helen’s Country Cottage, at Hearth and Soul Blog Hop at Penniless Parenting, at Tuesdays at the Table on All The Small Stuff, and at Real Food 101 at Ruth’s Real Food.

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About Stacy

Stacy is the author of Crock On: A Semi-Whole Foods Slow Cooker Cookbook and Keep Crockin': A Poorganic Slow Cooker Cookbook, and a stay-at-home and homeschooling mom to her three children, Annie (June 2009), Andy (August 2012) and Eli (September 2014). After an “awakening” in March 2011, her family switched to a more natural, whole foods diet. She likes to blog about how to live on less than you make and how to eat good food while doing it. Her passion is teaching others how to save money and she tag teams with her husband in this endeavor. At Stacy Makes Cents you’ll find information on how to save money in the kitchen, how to have fun with your kids, and how to be thrifty in all areas of life. Her passion is teaching others how to live debt free. Make sure to follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Pinterest and more to keep up with her daily antics.


  1. Becca C says:

    Holy wow. I MUST make this soon!

    • And then tell me how it was! :-) I’ve about beefed my family out this pregnancy. LOL

      • Becca C says:

        Making mine, I didn’t brown the roast or cook the onions first, because I’m too lazy today. LOL I’m still unsure about adding the cinnamon since I have picky eaters. I’d love for Stephanie to come chime in about it. 😀 I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • Glad you like the sound of it! We don’t do roasts very often, but this is so simple and delicious.

    • Becca – I’m sure you can leave the cinnamon out if you prefer. However, it adds a very mild flavor that compliments the beef without being too strong. Using less or leaving it out shouldn’t hurt.

  2. Hmmmm…. the cinnamon and tomato juice is an interesting combo that I wouldn’t have thought of. I need to dig around in my deep-freeze and see if I have a roast hiding in there. Thanks for sharing Steph!

  3. Amanda says:

    This looks interesting… I’ve never had a pot roast that uses cinnamon before.

  4. Cinnamon! That sounds awesome. I wish my husband could eat tomatoes b/c I would definitely make this. :( But I think I will try cinnamon with beef in some other configuration because that just really intrigues me!

  5. I’m allergic to tomatoes, think I could use broth instead?

  6. Mmmm!!! That looks so yummy!!! We LOVE tomatoes in our house :)

  7. Great combination of flavours. I’ve pinned this for future reference.

  8. Delicious, Looks perfect. Thanks for Sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

  9. Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  10. Hi Stacy,
    Your Crock Pot Greek Roast looks delicious. I just love the flavor combination and can’t wait to try it. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  11. Oh yum, looks delicious.

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