Tuesday, April 14, 2015

What's for Supper?

Continuing on my quest for practical, some what healthy and budget friendly supper options these five dishes fit all categories. Plus they really don't require sides - a nice bonus when you are short on time! Do you know that every Tuesday is Fresh Market's sale day and their organic ground beef and chicken breasts are $2.99 a pound. Milk is usually the same price too. It's the best deal in town!

Sunday Night Stir-Fry

This was a combination of multiple recipes and a lot of vegetables that needed to be eaten. Many stir-fry recipes call for hoisin sauce which I did not have but found a great substitute online. And then lost the link so just Google it!

The key is to cook all the veggies for about 2 minutes in the skillet as space allows. Remove to a plate and cook the cubed chicken until done. Add hoisin sauce and 1/3 cup water with 2 teaspoons corn starch. Add back in the vegetables and heat thoroughly. The leftovers were good cold the next day!

Chickpea and Roasted Red Pepper Patty

I made Chickpea and Roasted Red Pepper Burgers with Smoked Paprika Mayonnaise for Mom when she was here visiting and we all gave this recipe 5 Stars for tastiness, healthiness and budget factors! The sauce (not pictured) topped it off perfectly. I served Ryan's hamburger style with a sesame seed bun, but it was very filling without the bread! Served with roasted sweet potato fries. 

Southwest Salad

Salad topped with sliced avocado, black beans (one can drained and rinsed), roasted corn off-the-cob, roasted red bell pepper, grape tomatoes, red cabbage and cheese. The only cooking to this recipe was roasting the red bell pepper and corn on-the-cob on my griddle. Easy, peasy! Topped with chicken nuggets and spicy dressing from Chick-fil-A (courtesy of Ryan's food allowance at the hospital!). 

Tex-Mex Beef Quesadillas

These Mexi Cheeseburger Quesadillas were a great twist to Mexican night. Honestly, I could eat Mexican food every night and be perfectly happy! For the cheese I used a mixture of pepper jack and cheddar. We had some guacamole on the side along with salsa and sour cream. 

Panko Crusted Chicken Stuffed with All Good Things

These Panko Crusted Chicken Stuffed with All Good Things looked fancy but were actually pretty easy to pull together. Slice chicken breasts and then stuff with a combination of ricotta cheese, grape tomatoes and spinach. Stuff the mixture in the chicken and secure with toothpicks. Brush a beaten egg over the chicken (I added this step - not in recipe linked above) and dip in panko bread crumbs. Brown each side in the iron skillet and then pop the skillet in the oven for about 30 minutes or until chicken is done. I served with wild rice. And salad would have been a nice addition.

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