Apr 182013
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I went shopping on Saturday and I went a bit overboard. I’m not always able to buy much more than chicken and ground beef, but this time I picked up some really nice finds in the meat and seafood departments, thanks to the weekly sales and manager’s specials at Kroger.

So, here’s a list of meat that I purchased:

    2 Sirloin Tips, approx. 4 lbs. each – on sale (To be used for steaks, pot roast, beef tips, stew)
    1 Small sirloin tip (manager’s special)
    2-1/2 lb. chuck roast (another manager’s special)
    14 thin boneless pork loin chops (family size package for 2 nights)
    14 whole chicken wings (I split them for Buffalo wings)
    2 lbs ground beef (plus I already had 2-3 lbs. in the freezer)
    2 racks of pork back ribs – on sale
    1-1/2 lbs fresh cod fish filets – on sale
    10 sweet Italian sausage links (2 nights) – Kroger brand
    Beef hot dogs – Ball Park on sale

I didn’t buy chicken because I have a freezer full.

Following is a draft of meals that I will make in the next two weeks, plus the links to the recipes that I used/will use:

  1. My Mother’s Pork Loin Chops Simmered in Beef Gravy – http://susans-musings.com/my-mothers-pork-loin-chops-simmered-in-beef-gravy
    1. This one of my family’s favorites. I make these every other week for my son. When I say we’re having pork chops, he asks if they’re his pork chops or dad’s, who prefers my From Stove to Oven Baked Pork Chops. I like them both.

  2. My Oven Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings with fries – http://susans-musings.com/oven-baked-buffalo-chicken-wing
  3. Easy Shepherd’s pie – http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/easy_shepherds_pie/
    1. This is a simple meal, and maybe a bit too bland. The ground beef needs some spicing up, but I’m not sure what else to add. Any comments?

  4. Spaghetti with meat sauce
    1. This is also a family favorite and one of the easiest meals that I make, using store brand thin spaghetti and Prego Traditional spaghetti sauce, served with garlic bread.

  5. BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, My Mother’s Baked Macaroni & Cheese – http://susans-musings.com/my-mothers-baked-macaroni-and-cheese
  6. Oven baked cod with homemade crab cakes and broccoli.
    1. I used 2 6-oz cans of lump crabmeat and there was enough for 4 small crab cakes or 3 burger size. These were absolutely delicious because there was very little filler. Since we were having the baked cod, I thought four small crab cakes would be too many for my husband and I, but we devoured them. Next time, I will try to use 2 lbs of crab meat so that I can freeze half. They were a bit too moist, but if you don’t handle them too much they will stay together.

  7. Melt-In-Your-Mouth Sirloin Tip Steaks – http://www.grouprecipes.com/64211/melt-in-your-mouth-sirloin-tip-steak.html
    1. Sirloin tip steaks, marinated and topped with potatoes and carrots or broccoli, and seasonings, individually wrapped and roasted in foil.

      I marinated this for 3 days, and used my new Jaccard meat tenderizer the day before I cooked it. This was very good. It was like 4 separate little pot roasts. I’m not sure if the marinating was necessary, though. Next time we’ll Jaccard and grill.

  8. Crock Pot Italian Sausage and Peppers – http://www.momswhothink.com/crock-pot-recipes/crock-pot-italian-sausage-and-peppers.html
    1. Sweet Italian sausage* slow cooked with bell peppers, onions, stewed tomatoes served over hot spiral pasta (rotini) or on hoagie rolls.

      Oh, my God! I could eat this by the bowlful without pasta. It makes a great soup/stew. I had a little bit to tide me over ’til dinner. It’s absolutely delicous!

      However, I don’t think it is good idea to slow cook bell peppers for so long. The skins peeled off and were hard to find. I would only slow cook this meal if time were an issue. It is a nice idea to come home from work to a meal that has been simmering all day, but if I were to cook them this way again, I would roast and peel the peppers first (you can do this ahead of time). Otherwise, I would cook them on the stove top. Any comments? Please let me know if you try this recipe.

  9. Hot dogs, mac & cheese
  10. Penne with Chicken & Peas in a Cream Sauce – http://reluctantgourmet.com/recipes/pasta/item/523-penne-with-chicken-peas-in-a-cream-sauce
    1. Bite-sized pieces of chicken with peas, sauteed onions and bell peppers, simmered in a cream sauce with a little wine, and served over penne pasta.

  11. Oven Cooked Ribs with Dry Rub – http://www.instructables.com/id/Oven-Cooked-Ribs-with-Dry-Rub/
    1. Baby back ribs with dry rub and BBQ sauce, wrapped in foil and baked slowly for 3-4 hours…Mmmm! I have made these before and they are awesome! I will serve with corn on the cob and roasted potatoes.

  12. Cheeseburgers & Fries
    1. Skillet cheeseburgers with lettuce, tomatoes and onions, and Oreida’s Fast Fries (closest to McDonald’s fries).

  13. Sirloin Tip Roast Beef
    1. I plan to marinate for 24 hours and roast the whole sirloin tip for two hours in 300 degree oven. Served with mashed potatoes and green beans.

  14. Beef Stew
    1. Using leftover sirloin tip along with chuck roast cut into cubes, slow cooked simmering in beef broth and onion soup mix, with carrots, celery, onions and potatoes.


  • Papa Murphy’s bring home and bake pizza
  • DiGiorgno’s rising crust pepperoni pizza
  • Panda House (I picked up a quart of their pork fried rice to use at home as a side dish – it’s so good!

Here is a great site explaining the different cuts of meat – http://eatsandmeats.com/2012/03/11/cuts-of-beef-the-sirloin-tip/

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