I did this thing… I swore I’d never do… I got caught up in the hype, and then I went a little coupon crazy. Sure, I used the tips from the Coupon Queen. That’s how I started down this road. It was “Super Double” coupons week. Double the face value up to TWO Dollars. So that’s four dollars off, on a coupon I had for Pork Tenderloin. Which just so happened to be on sale that week as well. I confess, I left with more pork tenderloins than you really want to see in a week.
Who doesn’t love a good Pork Tenderloin?
Welcome to North Carolina, people. Pork is our Bacon. Oh, wait. Our Lob-STAH, our corn, tobacco, soybeans, our Longhorn Steer, if you catch my drift. ”Some People” think pork is gross. I think Chicken is gross. Are we even? can we move along now? It’s Pork Tenderloin! The filet of the pig.
And it was teriyaki marinade style. ’Cause everyone wants four teriyaki pork tenderloins, huh? Okay, not four, but four dinners worth of teriyaki pork tenderloin. Which may not bother some people to eat the same dinner, night after night, but I can see me trying to serve this day after day, and that look from everyone else at the table. ”Go a little coupon crazy this week, mom?”
I’m going to disguise the Pork Tenderloin. They’ll never know what hit ‘em. A few ways to incorporate the Teriyaki, and a few ways to ignore it completely. Some pork fried rice? That’s an obvious one. Take half of one tenderloin and cut into bite size pieces. No seasoning required.
That was easy.
I think I can grill and slice one, and serve with the Country Crock Mashed Potatoes. I had a coupon and they were TOTALLY free. ”We” can eat them once. (I don’t eat anything but the real deal when it comes to mashed potatoes, but I can double up on green beans, while relishing in the fact that green beans were the only thing I paid real money for at dinner that night.)
I’m thinking some form of Cuban sandwich with the sliced pork as well, and maybe enough spicy mustard to cover that pre-seasoning. A thai-noodle dish using my new favorite sauce would be pretty easy as well, as long as I serve that one as far from the Fried Rice night as I can.
Which leaves me with just one more night of Coupon Crazy dinners. I contemplate my pantry staples, and I think I will step it up a little, since the other three meals have actually been effortless. I have no idea where this comes to me, but I remember a black bean chili I had once. I’m pretty sure the original recipe called for steak, so I completely marked it off my dinner bank. Steak? Yeah, I’ll serve it, but certainly not with beans. I researched a few possible recipes to determine if the seasonings involved would mask the teriyaki. I’m not sure? But we’ll give it a try. The groceries were 80 bucks that week people; we’re willing to get risky ;o)
What’d I come up with? Pork and Black Bean Chili. I made it in the crockpot and The Man spent the day asking “Can we eat that yet?” It totally lived up to it’s own hype.
I’ll share the recipe below, and while YOU eat the best new dinner in your menu book, I will eat my words. Coupon crazy? Maybe. I found some more coupons for the pork tenderloin at Grocery Coupon Network. I also found some videos with more coupon clipping tips and techniques. So, yeah, sorry, Honey. We’ll be having this again. Darn.
Pork and Black Bean Chili
1/2 Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, cut into bite size pieces, seared
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
4 cloves garlic, diced
2 tablespoons (ancho) chili powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 bottle dark beer
1 can low sodium chicken broth
1 can water
1 can diced tomatoes, pureed
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup Lentils (I added this at the end just for kicks. I think it would be almost as good without them)
Heat Olive Oil in Skillet, and add garlic. Saute 2 minutes and add chili powder and cumin. Toast seasoning lightly, about 2 more minutes. Add beer and cook over med high until reduced, around 4 mins. Add all ingredients, except Lentils, to slow cooker on Low for 6-8 hours. Add Lentils with 1-2 hours remaining.
Serve topped with Greek Yogurt, fresh avocado and grated Cheddar. The avocado, for real people, for real.
And get your coupons to make it all on the Cheap at http://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com.
Then take a minute, Hey, Dinner is in the crockpot! And Please Vote for Me today. Maybe as your way of saying, “Ooh, Sounds delicious, D! I’ll bring some Negro Modelos over if you’ll make this for me??”