The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

Food

May 15, 2013

Budget Friendly Deliciousness

TARBORO — It's nice to be able to put a good meal on the table without having to spend a fortune. Today's recipes are easy, delicious and inexpensive. But, they won't taste inexpensive.  I hope that you will give them a try.

The first recipe is a crock pot roast. I use chuck roast because it's easy to find on sale most of the time. However, you can use any kind of beef roast that you have in the freezer. This one is so easy that you could throw it together in the morning before heading to work and have a great dinner when you get home.

The second recipe is an "almost" lasagna. It made with elbow macaroni instead of lasagna noodles but otherwise it will taste like lasagna. It's easy and still delicious. The real lasagna takes much longer to make and so we don't make it very often.

The third recipe is an easy pork roast. Adding the apples to it gives it another layer of flavor. I love to add something sweet to my meat dishes. It makes the flavor pop.

The last recipe is a knock off on chicken Lo Mein. Instead of Lo Mein noodles, which are hard to find in the supermarket, you use Ramen noodles. Otherwise, it tastes like a great Lo Mein meal.

Crock Pot Roast

1 (4 -5 lb) beef roast, any kind

1 (1 1/4 ounce) packages brown gravy mix, dry

1 (1 1/4 ounce) packages dried Italian salad

         dressing mix

1 (1 1/4 ounce) packages ranch dressing mix, dry

1/2 cup water

Place beef roast in crock pot. Mix the dried mixes together in a bowl and sprinkle over the roast.

Pour the water around the roast. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Almost Lasagna

1 lb elbow macaroni, cooked, (or other similarly shaped pasta-like small shells)

1 lb Ground turkey, (or beef, chicken, sausage or tofu crumbles)

1 jar Pasta Sauce, (26 ounces)

freshly grated Parmesan cheese

2 eggs

1 pound Ricotta cheese

2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded

2 cups Veggies, (diced zucchini, matchstick carrots, etc.)

salt and pepper

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