Monday, January 16, 2012

Menu Plan Monday Recipe leftover pork skillet, White chili

Menu plan Monday
Notice how I use so many old fashioned things to cook with… I know that a lot of people do not have a pressure cooker but with a family this big it is such a time saver and I use it all the time. Thanks to Mama Roxanne that taught me how to use one… and the moms that taught her to use one.  There are so many valuable things a mom can hand down to her children that will last for generations.  I am going to show my daughters how to use it on Saturday.  (Since you have to be careful cooking with them not to burn yourself when letting off the pressure)  I love mine so much that it is wearing out already and I have only had it for less than 3 years.
TIP: Take all your meat out and place it in the fridge for the week if you do not have meat prepared ahead of time. What I mean by this is that sometimes I take a Sunday and cook up my entire meat selection and freeze it in individual bags so that I can pull it out and use it for whatever recipe I want. Makes the weekdays go faster all month. Example of this would be when I cook tacos I can pull out a bag of already cooked hamburger from my freezer fry it adding my taco season and it takes half the time.

 Emergency meals:  1:    burritos (frozen kind)   2:  Corn dogs  (yuck)
Homework comes home tonight which makes for a busy night.
Breakfast:  Cereal
Lunch:  Not sure… lunch is not as well planned when the kids are in school as we can throw anything together with just the babies here.
Dinner: Leftover pork skillet. The recipe for this sounds gross but it is just something I threw together one time when using up leftovers and everyone loved it.
Cut the steak up into cubes that is left over; add Green beans and canned potatoes, season with 5 seasons and fry. You can make bacon and fry it with the bacon grease if there is not much meat left also. I always add Soy sauce. This is not on the top thousand healthy meals list made this way. I am sure of it. By using cut up lean pork leftovers, soy sauce and green beans with potatoes it is most likely the healthiest way of cooking it.  Tonight I am using fresh fried potatoes.  I have also used cut up leftover baked potatoes.
Breakfast: cereal
Dinner: BBQ’s made from roast.  Monday night... Trim fat and Brown the roast add it to the Crockpot and let it cook over night. Remove all from Crockpot, Remove grease and fat that is still left and pull apart the meat. Add it back to the crock pot with BBQ sauce and keep it on warm until the kids get home to eat.
Breakfast: Cereal
Dinner: Cheese Brats, (these are made from bird meats fresh and are very filling) Chips (we also read the bible as a family on Wednesday so we will have a snack of cookies and milk tonight that I promised the kids)
Breakfast: oatmeal with peaches
Dinner: hamburger, noodles and gravy with mashed potatoes

Breakfast: cereal
Dinner: Movie night 

Dinner: White Chili Recipe
(This is one of those recipes that are written like a dear friend Ella taught me to cook. I am sorry for that as she would say a pinch of this or a dash of that and here add a handful in of this or that. Well, I never could cook those recipes until I got more experience and then that was how I cooked. Btw way I still Miss Ella after years of her being gone in heaven. RIP ) I have tried to put amounts in that I think are about right but use your judgment if it looks like your chili has too much meat in it then don’t put that much or if it seems to be all beans don’t add too much. )
You will need
 1 pound or a few 15 ounce cans or a large jar Cooked white beans  
I like northern as my family does not like cannellini.
A few large cans Swanson Chicken broth. I like Swanson as it does not have the MSG.
2 cloves garlic, chopped up
2 medium onions, chopped
1-2 stalks of celery
Few green chilies Small can (you may want more like a 15 ounce can)
2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (optional for those who don't like or can not eat spicy)
3 large pieces of boneless skinless chicken (I cook mine in the pressure cooker and it is so juicy this way)
3 cups shredded white cheese
1 jalapeno, chopped (if you want it spicy)

The pretty simple part is this:
All I do is cook the chicken in the pressure cooker cut it up and add all my ingredients to the Crockpot.  Let it cook all day and when you get home from church you are ready to set the table and eat. Top your bowl of chili with the shredded cheese.


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