If you’re family is anything like mine, finding time to eat dinner is a challenge, nevermind finding the time to prepare and cook meals that everyone will enjoy. The following meal ideas are not only family friendly, but are easy on the the budget…And the clock.
Weekends are often low key, so I like to cook a large meal that will not only serve as Sunday night dinner, but Monday afternoon lunch. (it’s always useful to plan meals, but planning how the leftovers will be used can save time and money.) Try serving pork loin chops as a Sunday night dinner, because these are fairly simple to cook, and reheat well.
Pork Loin Chops: Purchase the pork loin chops, and allow them to defrost completely before attempting to cook. Take a large glass baking dish, and place about two inches of water in the bottom. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees, and start peeling potatoes. Slice the potatoes into pieces about 1/4 of an inch wide, and place them into the water. Lay the pork chops over the top of the potatoes, and cover the pan with aluminum foil. Allow this to bake in your preheated oven for exactly forty-five minutes.
When the timer dings, pull the pan from the oven and cover the mixture with your preferred gravy. I prefer to simply use a can of cream of mushroom soup. Mix the soup with the meat and potatoes, stirring until everything has a thin coat of mushroom soup covering it. Then add 1/2 cup of whole milk. Continue stirring until the milk is completely mixed in. Covering the pan with foil again, place it back in the oven for ten minutes. This allows the gravy to heat and thicken.
This meal is going to be very bland in appearance, (Think white…everywhere) so you may need to spice it up with some color. Serve peas and carrots together, the color will defiantly brighten up the plates, and this will provide more than one vegetable option. Add rolls, and you have an excellent dinner that even your mother would be proud of.
Since Monday night is always busy at home, we tend to eat what is most convenient. Sometimes this involves frozen pizza, but other times we make an old favorite. “Special spaghetti” is a recipe blending styles from two separate families.
Special Spaghetti: A quick run through the kitchen cabinets should help you decide if you have the items for special spaghetti, because most of them are items that you already have in the house. You are going to need Franco-American spaghetti, bacon bits, an onion, some hamburger, and about twenty minutes. Simply place the canned spaghetti into a baking dish, crumble browned hamburger over the top, slice an onion into small pieces, placing it in the dish, and then sprinkle bacon bits over the top. After mixing well, cover the dish with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.
The result will be a quick, delicious variation on a traditional Italian meal. If you want to stick with the theme, spread butter on pieces of bread, sprinkle with garlic salt, and then place in a toaster oven while your spaghetti bakes. This toast will be incredible with the special spaghetti, and everyone usually finds something to love with this dish.
Give these a try,and I bet that your family will be really pleased. The pork loin chops will please the adults, and the special spaghetti will please the children. Whatever you do, have make sure you take time to enjoy sitting down to eat these meals with your family.