It’s Thursday again, and although the work week is nearly over, the need for dinnertime solutions never seems to end. I’m here to help. Here are three ideas to help your menu planning go a little more smoothly between now and when the brand new ad comes out next Wednesday. As always, these recipes are kid tested and mother approved; let’s get to it!
The first option I’m tossing out is this very versatile Beer Braised Brisket recipe. You’ll notice from the photo that one of the options is to slice it thinly and roll it up in tortillas, but we also love it served over basic white rice or egg noodles. There’s a nice barbecue sauce that goes along with it. One smallish disclaimer: you’ll need some marinating and braising time set aside for the brisket; this isn’t really a weeknight recipe unless you start things early in the day. Perfect for the weekend though! Look for sale Choice Flat Cut Briskets; Riceland Long Grain Rice (for the ‘over rice’ route), or Creamette Egg Noodles (for the ‘over noodles’ option). If you serve yours as burritos, add some sale Sargento Shredded Cheese.
Sendik’s Boneless Ham is on sale and if you serve one this week, you’re bound to have leftovers. I always do. My favorite thing to do with leftover ham is to make Fried Rice — No Thank You Boy asks me to make ham fried rice about every fifth day. That’s no lie. I always, always have my pantry stocked with the necessary ingredients, and lots of them are on sale this week. Look for Riceland Long Grain Rice, Reese Diced Water Chestnuts, Shurfresh Eggs, and of course the ham you’ll have hanging around. You’ll notice the recipe is actually for Shrimp Fried Rice, but I’ve given directions for the ham version there too. Yummy.
Lastly, Sendik’s All Natural Pork Sirloin Chops are on special. I’m planning on making these Chops with Country Gravy and Mashed Potatoes tonight. My youngest can’t seem to work enough gravy into her diet, which isn’t a problem at this stage in her life but let’s hope she doesn’t go to college in the South, where they throw gravy over everything that’s sitting still — hooooo wee, you do NOT want to know what that did to my figure. I think I’m still wearing around some gravy weight from my Winthrop days. Anyway, TMI. This recipe is actually from Cooking Light so it’s not toooo terribly incriminating. You can pull the whole thing together with basic pantry ingredients; you’ll just need to pick up the sale chops and some Yukon Gold potatoes. Look for Daisy Sour Cream and Land o’ Lakes Butter if you’re running low.
Have a great weekend! :-)Featured, Fresh, Frugal, Fabulous, News | March 29th, 2012