Lemon garlic pork tenderlon - taking help from the store

Another cheapy. A few weeks back I was at the store shopping. I wanted pork tenderloin. They were out of the stuff that was un-marinated. I noticed they had one pre-marinated in a garlic lemon marinade. I hemmed and hawed wondering if I could actually buy something that someone else marinated. Finally I tossed it in the cart and figured I would give it a shot. I got home and realized I could not serve it like that I had to do something to make it my own so I threw together a quick glaze. The husband loved it so I made it again this week. Here is my taking help from the store meal.

1 Lemon garlic pork tenderloin
5 cloves garlic 3 chopped 2 sliced into quarters
1/2 cup soy sauce
5 tbsp lemon juice
1/4 cup water
2 pinches crushed red pepper
Black pepper

Preheat oven to 375. Combine soy sauce, water, lemon juice, crushed red pepper and diced garlic. Using a sharp knife poke 8 holes in your pork and slide your quartered garlic down into the middle. Place pork on baking sheet fat side up and season with pepper to you liking. Cover with sauce and place in oven for about 20 minutes or until pork reaches 155. I like to turn the pork once in the sauce half way through cooking. Allow pork to rest on counter until inner temperature reaches 160 degrees and then cut on an angle. Drizzle with sauce and serve. Some people may prefer to remove the garlic from the center first.

The pork tenderloin is $7.98 at my walmart. It serves 4 small portions or 2 large ones. I like to serve this with a simple potato and vegetable such as asparagus. The whole meal, with potato and veggie can be made for about 13.00. I had the soy sauce, lemon juice and garlic on hand.

Stuffed bell peppers take two - meals on a budget

As I told you last week I was going to start creating meals on a budget. This was the weeks first budget friendly meal. I'm not sure how to tally the cost since I had the sausage, garlic rice, and onions on hand. However this entree can be made for under 10.00 easily and serve up to 6 single portions.

1 pound pork sausage
4 green onions diced
1 pack mushrooms diced
1/2 white onion diced
5 cloves garlic diced
1 cup cooked white rice
1 pinch crushed red peppers
2 tsp ranch powder
1 cup diced tomatoes in a can
1/4 cup italian bread crumbs
1.5 cups monteray jack cheese shredded
salt and pepper
Olive oil

The first thing I want to say is, to make this meal vegetarian cook the sausage in a separate pan with salt and pepper. Remove your vegetarian filling and make your peppers and then add the cooked sausage to the remaining peppers and proceed to make them.

Preheat oven to 350. Cook rice. Cut tops off of peppers and seed them. Cut just enough of the bottom of the pepper off to make it stand straight. Lightly drizzle olive oil over peppers and place them on sheet pan in oven. Begin chopping all of your ingredients. Heat nonstick skillet over medium heat and add onions (white and green). Sauté and then add garlic and mushrooms. When onions and mushrooms have finished cooking add in salt, pepper, crushed pepper, ranch powder and tomatoes. Over medium heat brown sausage in seperate pan. Combine and cook about two minutes. Add rice and bread crumbs to mixture and combine. Remove softened peppers form oven. Drain oil from sausge and mix it into rice and veggies. Place small amount of cheese in the bottom of each pepper. Fill half of pepper with mixture. Add cheese and pack down. Fill with more mixture to tippy top and add more cheese. Place in oven for 10 minutes to allow cheese to melt and ingredients to combine.

Remember for the vegetarian version you want to stuff your peppers AND THEN add the sausage to the left over mixture.

Look at that melty gooey cheese

(vegetarian version)

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Extreme Breakfast Sandwich

½ pound hot pork sausage
1 everything bagel
cream cheese
2 slices of sharp cheddar
2 eggs
hot sauce

1. Split the sausage in half and make two patties. Place patties in a hot skillet and cook on each side for 5 minutes or until done.
2. Fry the eggs over easy, or cook longer for less yoke. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
3. Spread cream cheese on both side of toasted bagel.
4. Build your breakfast bagel placing all of the ingredients together starting from the bottom up, bagel, sausage, cheese, egg, sausage, cheese, egg, hot sauce, then bagel.