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Monday, February 8, 2010

Mexican Monday

In trying to make each day a little less stressful, I started making a dinner menu each week w/ a theme for each night.  Here are the themes:

Sunday- Sit down Sunday dinner

Monday- Mexican Monday

Tuesday- Try something new Tuesday

Wednesday- Whole grain Wednesday (something w/ whole grain pasta in it)

Thursday- Timeless Classics Thursdays (a classic dish like chicken or meat loaf)

Friday- Filling Fridays (a casserole or slow cooker dish)

Saturday- Soup and/or Sandwiches Saturday 

Here is tonights recipe:  

Spanish Pork and Rice

2 tablespoons of butter or margarine

1/2 cup chopped onion 

3/4 cup chopped green pepper

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped ( 1 teaspoon)

1 pound pork cut into 1-inch cubes

1 can (14.5oz) diced tomato, undrained

1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso, chopped green chiles

1 can (8oz) tomato sauce

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

 2/3 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro

1) in a 10-inch skilled melt butter over medium heat and add onion, green pepper and garlic; cooks 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2) Spray 3 1/2-4 quart slow cooker with cooking spray.  In cooker, mix pepper mix and remaining ingredients, except rice and cilantro

3) Cover; cook on Low heat for 5-7 hours

4) Stir in rice, increase heat to high and cook 25-30 minutes till rice is tender; sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

I didn't realize it was a slow cooker recipe till 3pm this afternoon,  (opps!) so I had to improvise otherwise we wouldn't be eating till 9pm!  I cooked and onions, pepper and pork in the skillet till the pork was no longer pink.  I mix that with the remaining ingredients  in a large pot (like I use to make spaghetti noodles) and cooked on high till it started to boil, then I turned the heat to low, covered and cooked for 2 hours. 

Enjoy!

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