Now that we’re back in the saddle with working five days a week, it’s time to get back to regularly scheduled meal planning. Having a pork roast in the freezer (self-cut from a whole pork loin!), I looked in one of my Gourmet Magazine Cookbooks for a recipe. Found a great Hungarian-style pork recipe, Pork Tenderloin in Paprika Cream. I made this recipe with 2 pounds of pork and wound up with 3 meals for 2 instead of 2. I’m very proud of myself with this pork purchase as the pork loin I bought was on sale for $16.00 after discounts. I’ve cut out of it 7 pairs of center-cut loin chops and two 2-pound roasts. Quite the deal!
The other recipe I made tonight was Fresh Manicotti. It was a bit detailed but nothing you can’t handle. A homemade tomato sauce, homemade pasta in the form of a crespelle (the Italian crepe), and a standard ricotta filling. Very excited to be eating this during the week! I’ve set aside at least 3 meals for 2, possibly a 4th! Generally, I like to have at least three things to eat during the week to avoid boredom. On this first week getting back on track, I’ll be fine with two.
Now for the reason why it’s “Attack of the Tomato.” My other half cannot always handle lots of tomatoes and garlic. I try to make one meal a week at most. This week, we’re having a whole week of tomatoes and garlic. Hopefully the stomach issues aren’t too bad. After I started cooking this afternoon, it dawned on me that I might be creating a really not-so-nice week. Cross your fingers!