I’m excited to start my new section on fabulously frugal meals (you will find the section in my Frugal Living tab) to help teach my readers how to eat healthy and create excellent tasting meals all while keeping costs to a bare minimum. Moreover, most all of meals require less than 5 minutes of prep time. I’ve got a feeling you’re gonna love this new section of my site. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to share many of my family dinners, as a busy (now single) parent, time and cost are of the essence, and so, most all of my meals require less than 5 minutes of prep time. I can feed my family of 5 for less than $400 per month (and that’s rather high, as most months I don’t spend more than $200-300). This breaks down to about $5 per meal, or $1 per person.
FinanceDad Pork Loin Meal ~ $8, 5 minutes prep, 2 meals.
You can either cook in oven or crockpot, crockpot cook time will be about 9 hours, oven about 1 hour. I will show you both ways, however, I prefer the crockpot method as prepare the night before and put in the fridge in the morning for the evening meal – come home, reheat and ready to eat in a couple minutes…
What you’ll need to buy:
-2lb Pork Loin ~$5
-1/2 bag of baby carrots (full bag cost $2) ~ $1
-Bag of red potatoes (only need 4 or so for meal, full bag will cost about $3) ~ $1
– Stalk of celery (only need half, full stalk cost $1-$2) ~$1
-Pepper, Salt, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (marcum or other seasonings as you like)
How to Prep your meal:
– Place medium sized pan on medium heat, add a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper and your seasoning – allow to heat while you move on to next steps
-Preheat oven to 350 or crockpot on low
-Fill crock-pot with water half way, or medium sized pan
-Rinse carrots, potatoes and celery to clean dirt, etc.
-Slice celery or break into pieces a few inches long. Slice potatoes if crockpot or pan is small, otherwise cook whole..
– By now, pan should be hot and oil as well, place loin on one side in hot pan and cook for 2 minutes, flip when complete and do the other side. This is called searing, it helps the pork retain moisture when it’s cooking for best taste.
-Toss seared loin into crockpot or pan for oven
-Add carrots, celery, potatoes to crockpot or pan.
-Fill water to cover vegetables and meat, add oil from pan that was used to sear the loin for added flavor.
-Cook in the oven for 1 Hour, check temp to make certain internal temp is 160 (safety)
-Cook in crockpot for 9 Hours, check temp to make certain internal temp is 160 (safety)
pics coming soon!