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A couple of economical winter recipes

My friend Betty posted a picture of a chicken recipe [1] which she has tried recently. I followed the link to the website [2] and was looking around and noticed that there were quite a few recipes for pork that looked really good. Boneless pork sirloin roasts are often on sale here for less than $2 a pound. I had a roast in the freezer and decided to try the recipe for Mediterranean Pork with Couscous [3]. Rob and I both really liked it. Besides being economical it is cooked in the slow cooker, so it is very easy. The website suggests serving it with couscous but it would also be good with rice or mashed potatoes. We ate it with couscous twice and then had some on buns topped with Swiss cheese and warmed in the crockpot. There was more meat leftover which I put in the freezer. I find that these boneless roasts really help extend our food dollars.

Another recipe which I tried recently was for Roasted Carrots. I thought I had seen it on the same website but after looking there for a while I couldn't find it. I decided to just roast them the way I prepare butternut [4]squash. Carrots are very nutritious, and they're economical all year long. This is a delicious way to serve them. I like to prepare quite a few at a time so that we can eat them for several meals.

Roasted Carrots

10-12 carrots, washed, peeled and cut into strips of similar size
4 cloves of garlic, crushed
2 Tbsps. olive or vegetable oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large baking pan combine the carrots with the crushed garlic, oil, and salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 30-45 minutes or until the carrots are tender and browned. You may want to start checking after about 15 minutes and then check again 15 minutes later. Mine were done after 30 minutes.

Have you tried any new economical recipes so far this winter?