Meals On A Budget

Pork Chops and Veggies

This meal is simple, delicious, and cheap! It always helps to load up on meat when your grocery stores have “Bulk Meat” sales!! I bought a package of 13 pork chops (a little over 7 lbs) for $9.22. The veggies and rice were purchased at Aldi. Now, I know fresh veggies are better. But I love having frozen veggie packs in the freezer for last minute or quick meals! Aldi has a great selection of frozen veggies! I bought 2 bags for $3.18 ($1.59 each). My rice was $1.50 for a 1 LB box. The total for this meal was $13.90 and it fed 8 of us!! That’s around $1.74 a person, plus leftovers! Here’s how I made it.

I added Olive Oil (sometimes I use butter) to a skillet over medium-high heat. Season chops with garlic salt and pepper. Place in pan. Cook for 4-5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 4-5 minutes or until meat is at 150 -155 degrees. We have a meat thermometer that we purchased off Amazon. It was well worth the purchase! When finished, place on tray and repeat until all the pork chops are cooked.

While the meat is cooking, start the sides. Add 4 Cups of water to a pan and bring to a boil.  While waiting on water to boil,  steam the veggies in a covered pan with a 1/4 C. of water. This takes about 5 minutes. When the veggies are done I add 1 TBSP of butter and a pinch of salt. Your water for the rice should be boiling now. Add 4 C. of Instant Rice and stir. Remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes.

Time to plate up and eat! My kiddos love this meal. They even add a little Teriyaki Sauce or Soy Sauce on top of veggies if we have it. Enjoy!

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