Sweet and Sour Short Ribs

Our newest under $20.00 recipe that feeds a family of four.

2 lbs. short ribs - around $8
1/3 cup flour                           
1 tsp. vegetable oil               
1/3 cup vinegar
1 tsp. dry mustard                   
1 clove garlic, crushed            
1 1/2 cups water
1/3 cup soya sause                  
1 inch fresh ginger                 
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. salt                               
1 small onion, diced

Chop ribs into small pieces.  Mix flour, mustard and soya sauce and marinate ribs in this mixture for 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Heat oil (preferably in large iron skillet).  Add crushed garlic and ginger.  Brown ribs, add vinegar, water, sugar, salt and onion.  Simmer for 1 hour.

Serve on bed of rice.  Serve with fresh mixed salad.  Feeds 4 to 6 people easily.

Louisiana Sloppy Joes

This recipe is courtesy of Arthur Bradshaw of Bradshaw Farms -- Smithville, Texas

1 lb. Bastrop Cattle Company Hamburger ($5.50/lb.)

1/2 cup dried tomatoes                       Garlic powder to taste

1 Tbsp. beef boullon (cube)                Red pepper to taste

1 cup hot water                                1/2 tsp. corn starch

Place dried tomatoes and hot water in blender and mix.  Add dry ingrediants and mix.

Brown meat in fry pan with onion.  Once meat is brown, pour in mixture from blender and stew for 20 minutes or until liquid has been absorbed.  Spoon out on buns. 

Light and Fast Stir Fry

Feeds four (under $10.00)

The nice thing about this recipe is that cooking it will give you a great nutritional meal that fills everyone up.

½ lb. Bastrop Cattle Co. Round Steak Cutlets (1 lb. is $7.00 – but that’s enough for two meals!)
2 large tomatoes
4 banana peppers
1 red pepper
1 clove of garlic
1 cup rice for steaming
1 small onion
3 chives
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup sesame oil
1 teaspoon Chinese five spice

Prepare everything before you start as this will go quickly and you won’t have time to chop while you cook. Start the rice. I use the traditional stuff that usually takes ten minutes to prepare and cook.

Slice the cutlets into strips. Dice the tomatoes. Chop up peppers, onion and chives. Mince and slightly crush the garlic.

It will take that long to prepare the stir fry. Heat the olive oil in a heavy skillet. Drop in the garlic and onions. Stir. As the garlic starts to cook, reduce your heat and drop in the peppers and chives. Stir for approximately five minutes and then add the diced tomatoes. Add your sesame seeds. Many recipes will tell you to brown the meat separately and then add it to the other ingredients. I tend to add the meat directly to the other ingredients and brown it at the same time. This way seems to impart more flavor to both the meat and the other ingredients. So, add meat. As it browns add in the sesame seed oil and the Chinese five spice. Keep everything stirring. The meat will brown quickly and will also make additional juice for flavor.

When it is brown, serve immediately on mounds of hot rice.

The whole process takes less than 30 minutes and easily feeds four. In the coming months, I’ll try to share some more quick and easy (and inexpensive) recipes both through the monthly mail out and through the website.

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