My friend Caroline, who is as
1. Keep the main dish to three ingredients and...
2. ...make sides that are quick to microwave (canned or frozen veggies) or easy to boil up (potatoes, noodles, rice.) Who wants to spend more than twenty minutes on prep time?
3. Serve on nice china with cloth napkins if possible. It doesn't cost any more to make the table look good.
4. Put the money you've saved into wine or dessert, depending on your proclivity.
HOT SPANISH THIGHS
Boneless, skinless thighs
Jar of hot salsa
Put into crockpot at low for seven hours. Serve with Spanish rice and/or a can of refried beans. Olé!
BERRY GOOD PORK
Pork chops or a pork eye of round
Can of whole berry cranberry sauce
Package of onion soup mix
Put into crockpot in the listed order at low for seven hours. Add flour to what's in the crockpot after removing meat, turn it up to high, and stir to thicken (depending on your crockpot, it may be quicker to transfer the liquids to a sauce pan for this part.) Serve over mashed potatoes, with green beans. That'll do.
BOEUF BOURGUIGNON FACILE
Package of beef stew meat (if you're really saving, get the chuck roast and cut it into cubes yourself)
Can of mushroom soup
Can of mushrooms (Caroline uses low sodium for both of these)
Put into crockpot at low for seven hours. Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles. Magnifique!
How about you, dear Readers? Do you have any three-ingredient recipes to share?