Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Monday-Pork Night

When planning out the meals for my family, I usually try to plan a month at a time. It really makes sticking to budget easier and helps with the never ending question of " What's for Dinner?" . I figure Monday is pork day, Tuesday is chicken, Wednesday is beef, Thursday's I try to do seafood or vegetarian, Friday is soup night and the weekends are just a mess. I REALLY need to get better on planning our weekend meals. That is where we blow our budgets ( and diets) and eat out or grab something fast.

So, last night was pork night. I am almost embarrassed to post this because it was so easy and feels like a "cheat". At the beginning of the month, I went to the local food warehouse and picked up some pork tenderloins. There were 4 loins in the bags for about $14 and that will make 4 meals for my family of 5. When I got home I divided up the package of loins into 4 freezer bags and put a different marinade in with each loin. Then I just had to grab a bag on Sunday night, thaw the meat and throw it all into a pan.

Last nights meal was a pork tenderloin marinated in Weber Grillers White Wine and Herb marinade. Normally I don't go for the seasoning packets, but this one was really good. You just add water and olive oil and pour it over the meat. I quickly seared the tenderloin on the stove top and then put it in the oven for 20 minutes on 350. I served it with steamed fresh green beans tossed with a little olive oil and crushed garlic and a green salad.
The kids LOVED it, it was finished in less than 30 minutes and it only cost $7 for the entire meal to feed 5. GOOD - FAST - CHEAP - my three criteria for an awesome meal!!! Plus it looked pretty good too. I am working on my plating to make things more appealing to the eye as well as the belly. Let me know what you think.


Kristi Sowell said...

looks yummy! we may have to try this out :)

Elizabeth said...

Let me know if you like it!