Friday

Yesterdays menu included cleaning out the pantry.

In order to cook something gluten free and also the new thing I'm trying, nightshade free and also lactose free for my son, on grocery day, before I went to the grocery, I had to be creative.  I went to the freezer and pantry, looked at what I had, typed them into the Swagbucks search engine.

Pork chops.

Great Northern Beans.

I found a recipe on one of the recipe sites and it called for bagged, dried beans and I had canned, so I just did my own thing.

I have a slow cooker that cooks everything in a couple of hours.  It's not a crock pot.  I put the meal in at 10:00 am and it is done at 12:30.   I suppose you could cook this all day in a traditional crock and it would be fine, but I don't know. 

I put in 1 1/2 pounds of pork chops
1 teaspoon of garlic.
1 small onion
2 cans of great northern beans
1 can of carrots
1 tsp salt added at the end.

I also cooked rice to pour it over.  This is my very complicated rice recipe.

1 cup rice
2 cups water.
1 tsp butter or margarine.

Place in microwave safe dish and push the button on the microwave that says "rice".

It takes about 15 minutes.



Wednesday

Today and yesterday's menus.

Today, we had Broccoli Beef from the Crockpot 365 site, with a few changes.  Our local butcher shop had steak on sale and I have a bunch of big eaters to fill up, so I used 2 pounds of steak and 2 bags of stir-fry veggies and doubled all the other ingredients.  I didn't have sesame oil so I used olive oil.  I made rice by putting 1 part rice and 2 parts water in a covered bowl in the microwave and pushing the button that says "rice":.  Perfect rice every time.   It was yummy. 

Yesterday, I made what the kids dubbed noodle chicken soup because it was a little too noodle-y.  I cooked chicken tenderloins, celery and carrots until done, then added (cooked separately according to package directions) Thai rice noodles, chicken broth from a can, onion and garlic salt to taste and some Orrington Farms chicken boullion powder.  It was okay, nothing to write home about.  I don't have a great chicken soup recipe yet.