Thursday, March 3, 2011
The Middle J's Thrifty Dinner...by Jessica
And I'm going to tell you how to make it quick:
Turn your oven on to 300° and throw the end bread pieces in the oven. Let them bake in there for a good hour or so, or until completely hard.
Sit down for a minute and read a book. You deserve it.
Throw the pieces of bread into a baggie, give it to your kid along with a meat tenderizer and tell them to go at it. Cheap-o bread crumbs.
Mix them up along with the hamburger meat, some finely grated ginger, salt, pepper, soy sauce, maybe some oyster sauce...maybe some red chili flakes. I don't measure, so sorry, no measurements. But, obviously don't put in like a cup of grated ginger, and don't be stingy and only put in a 1/4 tbs. You'll figure it out.
Get your non-stick frying pan hot with some vegetable oil coating the bottom and roll up some meatballs. Fry those babies up.
While they are cooking, in another pan, mix together about 1/2 cup rice vinegar, 2 Tbs. brown sugar, 1/4 cup ketchup, 2 Tbs. soy sauce, 1 Tbs. mustard (or 1/2 tsp dry mustard), pepper and 1/4 cup water. (These are very off the cuff measurements so please taste and adjust accordingly...is the vinegar searing your nostrils? add more sugar. Does it taste like dessert? add more vinegar. You get the idea)
Throw the browned meatballs in the sauce and let simmer. I add veggies too, but you don't have to. I make steamed white rice too...and I highly recommend you do also.
Benefits to this dinner? My kids like it and no one complains. It uses up the butt ends of a loaf of bread. Are you like me? Do you hate throwing them away? In fact, I never do for if they aren't being used for bread crumbs, they are being cubed up for croutons.
So that's my thrifty dinner tip for the day.
So here's the question: What's your favorite go-to, quick, loved dinner ideas?