Sunday, July 25, 2010

July Recipe of the Month

This was supposed to be a beef tenderloin with chimichurri sauce, but I used pork instead. It was really good. I grilled it on the outside like I was supposed to, but finished it in the oven. I changed a lot of the sauce, like I cooked it. The sauce is traditionally uncooked and served cold, but I don't like garlic, onion, or parsley raw, so I heated it up and I think it tasted awesome. The vinegar in the sauce gave the pork a really good flavor.
The sauce wasn't as vibrantly green, as you can see, but I think it was delicious, and that's all that really matters. I served it with mashed potatoes the first night and with a barley salad the next night. Unfortunately I put parsley in the salad, which ruined the flavor for me...I won't do that again! There was a bit of prep involved in getting the sauce ready, but the recipe itself was not that hard to do at all. I'd definitely make it again.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

The $5 Chicken Post

The local grocery store was having a special on their rotisserie chickens--$5 each! So I bought one with the thought of eating it all week and seeing how many meals and servings I could make from it. The first meal was just the chicken as it was, with sides that I actually can't remember right now. Clearly it wasn't very amazing. So that was one serving. The next night I made a pasta dish with Canadian bacon, chicken, shallots, tomatoes, and sour cream for a sauce. I used fresh linguine and it was quite tasty. So, that's two servings. Next up was a quesadilla. I sauteed mushrooms, tomatoes, shallots, and chicken and added it with cheese, between two whole-grain tortillas. It was so filling it made two meals, so now we're up to four. Then I made a Shepherd's Pie with stuffing instead of mashed potatoes. That was supposed to make four servings, and I had enough chicken for nachos or something, for two more servings, which would have made ten servings from one chicken! But, I only made it through two servings of the pie before my body rejected the idea of eating any more chicken and I tossed the rest. It was a waste, yet, but I wouldn't have eaten it later if I'd frozen it. I just needed that chicken gone. So, one $5 chicken made at least three recipes, and would have made ten servings, had I eaten it all. Quite a good value, I'd say. I recommend eating this way, when possible, it helps save money. I would do it if I had more people eating it, though, cuz you will get sick of it by the end.