Monday night my friend, Cari, hosted Fast Fix Meals for Sports Mommas. It's similar to the cooking club I'm a part of in the fact that we all prepared a dish along with the recipe to share with everyone. We ended up with 16 awesome recipes that can easily be prepared on those nights that we are busy hustling to and from activities.
Cari was a gracious host as we
Cari and Jen
After eating a little of everything we then had to decide which meal we thought had the best flavor and which meal was the most convenient. Boy, that was tough! In the end the following two dishes won:
The dish that won for best flavor is a part 2 of a Double Duty. What's a Double Duty, you ask? It's where planned leftovers from one meal are the base for another.
Don't you fret none, Sarah provided recipes for BOTH meals. She's sweet like that. (She also is the one who designed the adorable cover for our little cookbook.)
Fast Fix Meal - Day 1
From the Grocery/Pantry:
3-4 pounds pork shoulder roast
red onion, quartered
off-brand hickory smoke BBQ sauce, for braisin'
open pork and cut of any netting; put in pot
add your onion
pour the entire bottle of BBQ (hickory smoke) over the pork
fill that empty bottle half-way with water; shake and pour to the side of the pork. Repeat, making one full bottle worth of water and a cleaned out bottle.
cook on high 6 to 8 hours, until tender
Take the pork out of the Crock-Pot and put it into a covered dish; discard cooking liquid.
Use two forks to "pull" or shred the meat. Add some of your fancy favorite BBQ sauce to wet the meat.
Serve on a bun with potato chips and coleslaw, and more sauce if desired.
Heaven in the South!
Fast Fix Meal - Day 2
From the Grocery/Pantry:
small potatoes for the kids, large for the parents
bag of pregrated cheese
real bacon pieces
leftover BBQ pulled pork from Day 1 Fast Fix Meal
scrub potatoes, bake in oven for an hour at 400 degrees, if you can spare some calories, rub them down with butter or oil
wrap your clean potatoes in wet paper towels and microwave 5 minutes, adding 3 minute increments and checking with a knife for done-ness.
prepare as a loaded baked potato adding leftover reheated BBQ pulled pork.
Because Sarah was feeding such a big group for this party, she decided to just mash the potatoes and layer the ingredients in a baking dish and heat in the oven. I personally loved it this way. As a matter of fact, when I make this meal I will just make mashed potatoes and layer them on the bottom add the cheese, top with the meat and pop it into the oven until cheese is melted. That's just what I'm going to do. Mmmm.....
The recipe that won for convenience was made by Brandi and it's called Pigs on the Run. She says it great for breakfast on the run too.
1/2 pound bulk Italian pork sausage or turkey sausage
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 can (10.5 oz) Pillsbury Grands refrigerated biscuits or reduced-fat buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Heat oven to 375 degrees.
In skillet, cook sausage, onion and pepper over medium heat for 10 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink
Drain and cool at least 10 minutes.
Separate dough into 5 biscuits
On an ungreased cookie sheet, press each biscuit into 6" rounds.
Top each half of each round w/sausage mixture and cheese to within 1/2" of edge.
Fold dough over filling, pressing edges firmly with a fork to seal.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Momma on the run tip:
These can be assembled up to 2 hours ahead. Just be sure filling is completely cooled before filling the dough. Cover and refrigerate until you're ready to bake. (I'm pretty sure she said these can be frozen and reheated in the microwave for a meal on the go.)
And what would a night out with the girls be like without pictures?! Well it would be more like a guys' night out, that's what! I crack myself up.
It would have been nice if I would have thought to take a BEFORE picture!
Cari (the blond in the cute apron) was giving us voting instructions.
Sarah, looking very retro housewife-ish.
I have a friend who is making some darling aprons and selling them for $17. (Let me know if you're interested!)
Here is my daughter modeling a few of them:
You'll notice in our group shop that several of us were wearing cute aprons. Nothing like looking pretty in the kitchen when your husband comes home to dinner. Okay, I agree, that sounded very 1950-ish. But I do love these very feminine aprons.
Now, be sure to thank Mrs. Sinclair for making a Recipes tab under our header. I'm adding a lot of recipes for you!
P.S. For those of you living in the Tulsa area and receive the Tulsa World newspaper, be watching for an article on this little party. =)