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Beef in red wine

Last week I scored when I grabbed this big block of brisket for $18. I cut them up into 4 pieces that I know I can do 4 dinners. So Thursday afternoon after stopping by at Wholefoods and found some sale on merlot and sauvignon, I thought I would do my own version of beouf bourguignon. 

I cut up my beef into big chunks. Seasoned with salt, pepper and thyme and flour. I do this in a bowl and just toss them until all coated. 

Cut a medium onion into 8 pieces, chopped 4 cloves of garlic, cut up 5 slices of bacon. And let them all dancing in the Instant pot with a splash of olive oil until bacon crispy, take the bacon out and use the oilin the pan to browned the meat. Set aside, add white mushroom that I cleaned and tool the stem off. I used 1 big container of it. Add 1 cup of merlot, 1/2 cup beef broth, 2 tablespoons tomato paste. Stir well, scrape the bits on the bottom told the pan from the bacon and the meat. Add salt, pepper as needed.

I then put the meat back in the pot, toss them around and add sliced of 5 carrots. closed the lid, sealed the vent, press manual 40 minutes. 

It was a look tender but not fall apart that I can still grabbed with my girl.

I think this one is a keeper. Would be good with a toast of french baguette or mashed potatoes. I can not stop drinking the broth. So it is another less than $10 meal for us. And since hubby skipping dinner, we actually have the leftover for dinner on Friday.

Another budget dinner

I try to work on a budget for our meal. I like to challenge myself to bring food to the table that if possible less than $10 that is not just pasta and mac and cheese or ramen noodle. If we can have dinner for 3, which actually 5 with our big appetite family, that is not junk food, I feel accomplished. 

Mind you I have limited items I can cook. No sesame for one, no gassy food or veggies for the other. So beans, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, green beans are in the no no list.  I still cook them sometimes but not something I can cook often.

What I do, usually I watch and grabbed what’s on special. Meats, most of the time I grabbed sale price and freeze them. I like going to the store often for vegetable. Daily if I can. they don’t last long. I ended up throwing so many in the trash. These days I like making trip every other day for the veggies. It is on my way home anyway. Not that I have to make special trip.

If you remember from my previous post, I asked my husband what to cook. Beef or chicken. He picked beef yesterday so I do chicken today.

I bought the chicken thigh for $5.83 there’s 8 of them. Enough for all 3 of us. And baby Bella mushroom for  $1.44 at Aldi. With the onion, garlic and seasoning, our dinner tonight is less than $10. 

I rub the chicken with a mixture of olive oil, crushed garlic, grated ginger, salt, pepper, onion powder. Then browned it in the pot with a little more olive oil. After all chickens browned, set aside and throw in the sliced mushroom and sliced onion, I used 1 small onion. Sautee until translucent, the onions are, and add 2 cups chicken broth to deflated the pan. Put the chickens back in the pot. Closed the lid, sealed the vent and press manual 15 minutes. When it beeped, let it sit NPR until the pressure all disappear 😚. Here is what I got. Oh and I still have leftover mashed potatoes from dinner last night. See … we can have a good meal that are not just ramen or mac and cheese in the box.