Here are the next round of recipes. We’re broke (thanks Christmas!) so you’ll notice that this week we’re pretty budget-conscious. Things are also starting to get busy again now that school is in full swing and spring sports are ramping up, so quick and easy is the name of the game! I’ve held off on a crock pot meal this week, but I did put in a meal that basically works for two nights – the Molasses Pork Tenderloin. It is great as leftover sandwiches later, which incidentally are very convenient eats while you’re watching basketball, football or hockey!
Soup & Grilled Cheese – For the sandwiches this week, get yourself some pesto, fresh mozzarella cheese and tomatoes. Make your “grown-up grilled cheese” along side the kid-friendly ones and you’ll be sooooo happy! Serve with chicken noodle soup to stave off the winter cold germs.
Molasses Pork Tenderloin – One of my longest-surviving recipes from Real Simple, I actually remember cooking this in my first house long before I was worried about what my kids would eat. Pete loved it, so that’s why it has survived. Serve it with roasted broccoli and herbed red potatoes. (In the pic, I cooked couscous instead of potatoes. See this post about the couscous.)
Pork sandwiches – use the leftovers from the pork tenderloin to make sandwiches. My favorite barbecue sauce is – wait for it – Kraft Original. If you like something with more of a kick, the Kraft mixes well with other red sauces and will mellow the flavor out for the little people at the table. Top with coleslaw and serve on your favorite brioche roll or Hawaiian rolls.
Brinner – Didn’t I mention once before that you’ll see breakfast-for-dinner on my menu very couple of weeks? This week it’s bacon, scrambled eggs and biscuits. Make them into bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches if you like!
Pepperoni roll – Very easy and very kid friendly. Just roll out some Pillsbury crescent roll dough (pinch the seams closed) and lay out pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Roll it up form the long end and bake it for about 20 minutes. Slice and serve. Serve with a side salad or your favorite steamed veggie. Also a great appetizer for sports-ball parties!
Pasta with chicken sausage & broccoli – Another Real Simple recipe! This is super easy to put together. One of the few recipes that really takes the amount of time they say it does (20 minutes in this case.)