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  • Mason Sherrill

The Dinner Table Lately

The ghastly numbers I keep seeing price eggs and chicken, even at my beloved Aldi, have really pushed me out of my cooking "comfort zone". My family has transitioned to eating a LOT more pork and I've been having to pick my battles when it comes to what I get to buy organic or non-GMO. That combined which my dwindling physical ability to stand in the kitchen with a toddler on my hip and a 6 month pregnant belly for more than 25 minutes has made for some much needed fresh recipes in the kitchen!

Here's what's been on my dinner table lately:

First up, some personal "recipes" that are really not recipes. lol

Breakfast Tacos -corn tortillas

-scrambled eggs

-*cooked breakfast sausage for extra flavor & protein

-*sautéed veggies (I use onion, bell pepper & spinach)

-shredded cheese & salsa/hot sauce for topping

Really you just can't go wrong with this one! Cheap, easy, & you can use up what you have on hand in your refrigerator. You could even pair it with a glass of orange juice to make it special. *optional ingredients

BBQ Pulled Pork

-pork shoulder in crockpot for 8hrs on low cooked in your favorite BBQ sauce

-baked sweet potatoes

-steamed broccoli (somehow I got my toddler to love broccoli by topping with lemon juice, dill and salt)

-shredded cabbage & carrot coleslaw (my recipe for slaw changes every time but my base ingredients are mayo, vinegar, little bit of lemon, salt, pepper, and something else chopped up that adds some crunch like julienned bell pepper or chopped celery)

A filling meal, lots of vitamins, & feeds lots of people all while being easy on the budget.

Fried Rice

-leftover rice (yeah, yeah I've heard)

-diced carrots

-diced onion

-scrambled egg or 2

-frozen peas

-*1-2 chicken breast diced & cooked

-soy sauce

-sesame seed oil

-*hoisin sauce

I usually just sauté all the veggies together first, throw in the chicken & egg if I have some and then add the rice & sauces to taste. Sometimes I add ginger paste or diced garlic if I have it on hand. It's a very forgiving meal & a great way to use up leftover veggies in the fridge! *optional ingredients

Now for some real recipes! [Click pictures for recipe links]

Half Baked Harvest Butter Chicken & Rice

I just love a good crockpot recipe! Sometimes I serve with bell pepper or green beans in the sauce just to add a veggie.

Half Baked Harvest Cajun Pasta & Chicken

I made this recently and it was most definitely toddler & husband approved! I also added a handful of frozen chopped kale to the sauce for more greens.

Spend With Pennies Homemade Granola

I'm sure why it took me so long to make my own granola. You don't even really need a recipe after you do this a few times! You can mix & match, try different add-ins & experiment with different sweeteners. Delish.

Srummy Lane Greek Yogurt Blueberry Muffins

These are low sugar & perfect for breakfast!

Cooks with Coctails Beet Salad with Goat Cheese & Pecans

Oh man, don't knock it till you try it! I pickled my own beets with this recipe and used my sister-in-laws dressing recipe (1/3 c. cider vinegar, 2 Tbs maple syrup, 1 Tbs dijon, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, 2/3 c. oil blended w/ immersion blender until smooth). This is no "rabbit food" salad! I also pair with roasted chickpeas for protein.

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