Tuesday, January 19, 2010

January 19, 2010

Happy Tuesday! Its hard to believe that this month is over half way gone! Today I set up the classrooms at school with their boxes for Boxtops For Education. I am the coordinator for the Primary school in our district. I have to say I am very glad to have that checked off my to do list!! I spent the day in the office so had alot of "adult" conversation. You tend to feel a little crazy when most of your daytime conversations are with a 6 year old child or cats!

I wanted to talk a little tonight about Frugal Beauty. I used to go every few months to get my hair cut/colored, eyebrows waxed and even had acrylic nails. Ahh the life. However, those just are not expenses I can justify anymore. So I have made some adjustments. Now, no way am I going to "go gray" but unfortunately, early gray is something I have inherited from my family. I started coloring my own hair with great success. I have found a few colors I really like and was excited to recently find, the "good" brands at the Grocery Outlet for $3.99!! So for $4 and 30 minutes of my time I have great new color and have saved myself about $70. Now to tackle the "eyebrows". I am not a big fan of waxing my own because I was afraid of accidentally taking them off. I tried several products that just did not work well for me. I recently purchased a Skin So Soft waxing kit from Avon for $6. It will last me at LEAST a year. With a little practice, I have it down now and can wax my eyebrows for pennies. That is a savings of $12 each time.

I tried a recipe last week that I was very excited about, Stir Fry Pork and Cabbage. However, a crucial element to cooking is to READ THE RECIPE FIRST. I added salt to the cabbage while I cooked it and then the pork as well to give it flavor. Then realized when I was done cooking it, there was no salt in the recipe because of the chicken stock and soy sauce. It was so salty we ended up throwing it out. But I was determined to try this dish!! So I added it to the menu for this week. I still had 1/2 the cabbage and 3/4 of the bag of carrots left as well as part of the chicken broth. This time it was DELICIOUS. Even my 8 year old asked for seconds and she ate the cabbage!

6 cups chopped cabbage cut in 1" pieces
3 tsp vegetable oil divided (I used olive oil)
4 med. carrots julienned (I have a julienne slicer from Pampered Chef LOVE it)
1 pork tenderloin (1 pound) cut in 3/4" pieces (I used marked down boneless chops)
2 T. minced fresh ginger root
1 c chicken broth divided
1/4 c soy sauce
4 tsp cornstarch
Hot cooked rice (optional)

In a large non stick skillet or wok stir fry cabbage in 1 tsp oil for 1-2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Add carrots and stir fry 3-4 minutes longer or until carrots are crisp tender. Remove from pan and keep warm.

In the same pan, stir fry pork in remaining oil for 2 minutes. Add ginger and stir fry for 2 in or until pork is lightly browned. Stir in 3/4 cup broth and soy sauce. Bring to a boil. reduce heat and cover, simmer for 3 minutes or until meat juices run clear.

Combine cornstarch and remaining broth until smooth. Gradually stir into pan. Stir in the cabbage mixture. Bring to a boil and cook 2-3 in or until thickened. Serve with rice if desired.

Now this was an inexpensive meal:
1/2 cabbage (paid $1.27 for the whole thing) .64
marked down pork $1.78
carrots (paid .88 for the whole bag will use for 3 meals) .30
ginger .05
chicken broth (pd $2 for pkg used 1/4 of it) .50
soy sauce .25
rice .30

I used such small amounts of oil and cornstarch I am not counting those.
Total for this meal: $3.82 this served 5 so .76 per serving and very filling!


Ellah said...

Learn a lot from you. I love cooking as well.. We're on a same shoes I assume. I hope I could get more tips from you because I'm just stating battling for the situation.

rachelg said...

Ellah thats my goal in posting to this blog to help others and to keep myself in check :) Check out some of the blogs I follow some GREAT tips and ideas!