Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Frugal Dinner #2

This is part of a series of gluten free menus for dinners costing under $4 per person.
I’ve been buying pork top sirloin roasts from Costco for $1.99/lb. The roasts come four to a pack, each roast individually vacuum packed. This makes them really easy to defrost in a sink full of cold water when I forget to defrost them in the refrigerator (which is most of the time).

For this dinner, I cooked two roasts so we would have leftovers for lunches. Whatever is left after a couple of days will go into the container labeled “chili fixin’s” in my freezer. I placed the pork roasts in a Dutch oven with plenty of seasoning and a little water then baked at 350F for 3 hours. We had pulled pork sandwiches, oven "fried" potato wedges, and a sort of cole slaw.

I wanted to serve fresh vegetables with the sandwiches and fries, but I’m kind of over due for a trip to the market. So I made the slaw with what I had, which was a wedge of cabbage, a carrot, and some kale. For the dressing, I mixed up a dollop of mayonnaise, a dash of spicy brown mustard, and a drizzle of honey.

I like to mix the dressing in the same bowl I’ll be mixing the cole slaw in to minimize cleanup.

After mixing the dressing, add the shredded vegetables and toss. Chill until serving time.

It was delicious!

Our local farmer’s market opens this Saturday. I hope they have fresh cabbage, carrots and kale so I can make this again soon. I’m sure it will taste even better with fresh locally grown vegetables.

I made these sandwich rolls using Gluten Free Pantry’s White Sandwich Bread mix. I probably should have baked them a little longer - they’re kind of anemic looking! But they're really good for sandwiches and hamburgers, and they keep well in the freezer.


  1. I love your freezer leftover meals...I used to do the very same thing...They say great minds think alike!!! ;} Especially enjoyed seeing your frugal dinners...Hope to see more! Blessings!

  2. Thank you for the nice comments! I'm working on more "frugal" posts, including gf freezer meals.