Baked Boneless Pork Chops

Number of people: 5
Time from start to finish: about 1.5 hours

Menu:
Baked Boneless Pork Chops
2 packages of Kraft Homestyle Macaroni & Cheese
1.5 pounds of frozen broccoli

I got this recipe from Cooks.com and tweaked it a bit:

Baked Boneless Pork Chops

½  cup all-purpose flour – divided into ¼ cups
2 tsp. paprika
1 ½  tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
2 lbs. boneless pork chops
½  cup. butter
1 minced small onion
1 can (4 oz.) sliced mushrooms, drained
2 cup. milk
Juice of 1 lemon

Mix ¼ cup flour, paprika, salt and pepper. Dredge chops lightly in mixture. Brown chops on both sides in butter.

Transfer to shallow baking dish. Add onion and mushrooms to skillet. Cook until onion is soft and golden.

Stir in remaining 1/4 cup flour. Slowly and little by little, whisk in the milk, stirring constantly and cook until sauce is smooth and thickened. Remove from heat; stir in lemon juice. Pour sauce over chops.

Bake, uncovered, in preheated oven 350°F for 1 hour.

For the macaroni and cheese, I just followed the directions, except we left the breadcrumbs off (my daughter dislikes them). Just remember when you are adding the milk to the seasoning mix, use a whisk and add the milk a little at a time. To me it was just like making a roux.

The broccoli was boiled in lightly salted water, about 1 cup, lid on, until tender.

KFC Bowls

Number of people: 5
Time from start to finish: about 1 hour

Menu:
Tyson Chicken Breast Tenders
Shredded Colby Jack Cheese
Pioneer Biscuit Gravy
Canned Whole Corn
Mashed Potatoes

First I peeled and diced the potatoes, about 8 of them. I used 3 different types (red, gold, and russet) because I needed to use them before they went bad. I suggest using 2 types of potatoes, one that’s starchy (like a russet) and one that has less starch (like a red or gold) because it gives you a creamier taste and texture. Also, while dicing the potatoes, I try to make sure I have a few pieces of russet that are a little larger than the others, this will give you those yummy lumps.

I boiled the potatoes in salted water that was about ½ an inch above the potatoes until they were fork tender. I then set the potatoes aside, still in the water, while I put the chicken tenders in the oven.

Next I started the gravy. Since I was using 2 packets, I used 3 cups of water on the stove, and 1 ½ cups of water to mix the gravy powder with. The directions only call for ½ a cup of water to mix the gravy powder with per packet, but I’ve found that it comes out a little to thick, so I use ¾ a cup per packet instead. While waiting for the water to boil for the gravy, I opened 2 cans of corn and emptied them into a plastic bowl for the microwave. Once the water was boiling, I poured in the gravy/water mixture and stirred with a whisk until the gravy came to a boil. I then set the gravy aside.

Since the chicken was close to being ready, I drained the potatoes, returned them to the pot, added ½ a stick (¼ cup) butter and about ¼ to ½ a cup of milk. I used a hand mixer on low until the milk and butter were incorporated into the potatoes, but not so much so that I didn’t have lumps. If you prefer a smoother mashed potato, just add a little more milk and continue to mix until they are smooth. Just be careful not to over beat your potatoes, otherwise they become gummy.

Now it was time to remove the chicken from the oven and get out the shredded cheese. The kids and I like to start with the potatoes, then add the corn, chicken, gravy and shredded cheese on top (sort of like KFC bowls).

Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Nacho Supreme

Number of people: 5
Time from start to finish: 37 minutes

Menu:
Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Nacho Supreme

I used 1 lb of hamburger meat and 1 lb of ground turkey and 2 boxes of the Cheesy Skillets.
I prepared according to package directions, only I used ½ cup additional water.
Served with sour cream and shredded cheddar jack cheese.

I didn’t really plan out this evenings meal very well when I went shopping last week, normally I would serve this with a lettuce and tomato salad.

Tips:

When browning the meats, add a bit of water (½  to 1 cup) to help with breaking the meat up. The water also makes it easier to drain the meat.