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post #101 of 109
smokering- sounds like you have got some interesting meals ahead...I have been doing better about making meals lately, which is good as we are nearing vacation in which time food expenses will be up. I was trying to plan this am on what to take for snacks and breakfasts. I think I will hardboil a bunch of eggs and premake some turkey bacon and apple pancakes(shredded apple with eggs and cinnamon) maybe- I really don't want to buy breakfasts out. I don't know about lunches. Sandwiches for 5 days straight would be a bit bunch- besides the fact that I don't eat them. Plus, we will likely be out for lunches anyway- perhaps it will be best to focus on ordering cheaply while out.
post #102 of 109
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We made pork fried rice last night. I dont know if anyone else noticed pork is like the most cheapest thing at the store right now??? Any how had two nice pieces dh chopped up and doused w some bbq sauce. In the wok of peanut oil and grapeseed oil, he added the pork and let it cook. Also some fish oil (just a small dash) and a bit of mushrooms and brocolli we had in the fridge. Then added the already cooked rice I made earlier that I let dry out. I used 2 cups and less water to make it that way. Add as much soy sauce as you like- fry it up.

The meal took 10 minutes total (rice cooked earlier which took 20 seconds to get ready and then 20 minutes to cook, plus letting it cool, get older) and was a nice food stretcher.

We didnt have enough pork chops to make a meal for the 4 of us, and a few bits of veggies left. But I always keep a huge vat of rice on hand which is still a cheaper staple. We all ate and ate and ate!
post #103 of 109
Amys1st, fried rice and other types of stir fries like that can be super cheap!
NOM, pork fried rice sounds so good, too! Your fried rice sounds nummy!

Here's my tips on fried rice and such, too.
What I usually do (though I haven't in a long time, cause we don't eat much meat and when I buy it I don't think about it, so thanks for the reminder!) is buy a value pack of pork chops when I can afford it, like boneless loin chops when they're on sale, and then freeze them each individually.

When I'm ready to use one, I take it out of the freezer, let it defrost just a bit, then use a very sharp knife to very thinly slice the meat while it's still frozen. I'll usually then marinate it in some soy sauce, rice vinegar, ginger, etc, for a bit before cooking it. BBQ sauce sounds good too. I have made an Asiany sauce before with hoisin, ketchup, 5 spice powder, a little oj, and marinated pork in that.

If you do it this way, you end up with pork in just about every bite, but just a little bit goes a long way. This is apparently how most Asian cultures do their meat for most dishes like fried rice and stir fries. It makes sense! Stretches it, you don't eat too much, it only takes a few seconds to cook through, but you still get to enjoy the flavor.

Ok, now I am totally wanting to make pork fried rice!! I don't think I have any pork in the freezer though I could do tofu, but it's just not the same.
post #104 of 109
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We made pork fried rice last night. I dont know if anyone else noticed pork is like the most cheapest thing at the store right now???
The canadian government is paying pork producers to kill off 1/3 of thier herds and to not restock for 3? years.
Too many pigs apparantly :
post #105 of 109
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Originally Posted by cthulhugrrl View Post

If you do it this way, you end up with pork in just about every bite, but just a little bit goes a long way. This is apparently how most Asian cultures do their meat for most dishes like fried rice and stir fries. It makes sense! .
It does make sense, I have been making mine like that, only with chicken, it really stretches the meat

I use one breast per salad, or stir-fry, or casserole. I feed 3-5 daycare kids per day plus myself. Figuring out a little can go a long way has been a real money saver.
post #106 of 109
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The canadian government is paying pork producers to kill off 1/3 of thier herds and to not restock for 3? years.
Too many pigs apparantly :
Yeah! I was reading about this a few weeks ago. Ugh!

AND, though, one thing I have been a little wary of it that there have been a few documented cases of MRSA coming from pork in Canada. I am not in Canada, but heck, it's still North America. That's a little scary. I like chicken ok, but pork is my favorite meat, but only a rare indulgence as all meat is for us. But that definitely gave me pause about the pork I may purchase in the future. I want to find out more about this.
post #107 of 109
we have plenty of stuff in our extra freezer for now as well as the pantry. The only things we NEED are milk for dd & me when I'm craving it, eggs, & fruit (another big craving right now) I am trying to get DD to cut down on her milk consumption,. we rarely do juice so she goes between water & milk with a little ovaltine.

Our biggest thing is using what we have & not going to the store for whatever sounds good. Thats a baaaad habit that we have!
post #108 of 109
Ok, we've been looking through the Frontier Co-op catalog and comparing prices on things that we buy now... I think that we've decided that Frontier will be worth it for us.

We can't get everything we need from there, obviously, but it will help.

Where are some good places to buy things like inexpensive gallons of organic apple cider vinegar, organic soy sauce, etc.? I was horrified at how expensive white vinegar has gotten lately... I use it for cleaning, so I was less worried about the white variety being organic, but I use apple cider vinegar in food.
post #109 of 109
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Originally Posted by BunnySlippers View Post
It does make sense, I have been making mine like that, only with chicken, it really stretches the meat

I use one breast per salad, or stir-fry, or casserole. I feed 3-5 daycare kids per day plus myself. Figuring out a little can go a long way has been a real money saver.
It really does make sense to do these ideas. Thanks ladies! It also dosent make meat the starring role in the meal and still be a well rounded, wholesome meal that is filling and healthy. Need to take a breath after writing that!! LOL
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