Sunday, January 25, 2009

more recipes

It has been a while since we posted our family recipes, so here are a few that we have tried and enjoyed:

Pork Fried Rice

1 egg, lightly beaten
1 lb boneless, center-cut pork chops, fat trimmed and cut into 1/4 inch strips
2 scallions, trimmed and sliced
2 packages (8.8 ounces each) fully cooked brown rice
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil

Coat a 12 inch nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Add beaten egg and scramble. Transfer to a cutting board and cut into small bites.

Increase heat under skillet to medium-high and add pork. Cook 3 minutes, until no longer pink, then add scallions, brown rice and peas. Cover with a sheet of foil and cook an additional 2 minutes. Stir in egg, soy sauce and sesame oil and heat through. Serve warm.

We loved this meal, loved it! However, we decided next time we make it we will add zucchini and mushrooms. All us rated this a FIVE! YEAH!!!

America's Favorite Pot Roast:

(have to admit here that I have never made a pot roast in my life, so this was an experience)

3-1/2 to 4lb boneless pot roast
1/4 cup flour
2tsp salt
1/8tsp. pepper
3 carrots, chopped
3 potatoes, peeled and quartered
2 small onions, sliced
1 stalk celery, chopped
10 button mushrooms, sliced

Trim all excess fat from the roast, brown and drain. Combine 1/4 cup flour, salt and pepper and coat meat with the flour mixture. Place all vegetables except mushrooms in the crock-pot and top with the roast. Spread mushrooms evenly over the top of the roast. Cover and cook on low for 10 to 12 hours (or high for 4-6 hours).

This meal was again super yummy, but it made me a little nervous that there was no liquid in the crock pot when I left it. Next time I will probably add two teaspoons of water. The other thing I noticed was that it was a tad salty. The girls really don't love chunks of meat, but both ate it, but would rate it only a 2. Billy and I rated this one a four, if you have a crock pot roast recipe, I would LOVE it!!!

Creamy Tortellini Alfredo:

1 can chicken broth
1 cup water
2 packages frozen cheese tortellini
4oz cream cheese, cubed
1 cup frozen peas
3/4 Italian five cheese blend
6 slices bacon, cooked, drained.

Pour broth and water in saucepan, stir. Bring to boil on medium high. Add tortellini. Reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 8-9 minutes or until tortellini is tender - DO NOT DRAIN.
Add cream cheese and peas, stir.
Heat 2-3 minutes or until cream cheese is completely melted.
Stir in cheese and bacon and serve.

This meal was super easy and very good. It was VERY rich and really need a good size bowl of fresh fruit to balance it out. We all rated this one a 4!

We have another new meal in the oven right now and several on the list to try over the next few weeks, so hopefully we will be able to post some successful ones soon!

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