This post is definitely for those who have a tight budget, little time, and zero cooking skills. Actually, even those who do not have tight budgets, little time, or zero cooking skills will enjoy this post. Why? Because I’m going to show you how to feed six people under $20.00 in thirty minutes!
Life can get pretty busy sometimes; I’m all about simplicity and short cuts. Not everyone can spend hours cooking for the family or friends, so that’s why utilizing the frozen section at the grocery store is crucial. You don’t have to limit yourself to just ripping something out of a bag and microwaving; you can spice it up and impress the guest! Frozen foods are so underrated and need a little creativity to come alive.
Yesterday was Monday night football. I also had homework, work, and I’ve been busy getting everything ready for my D.C. trip. It was 7:45pm by the time I was done with everything and the Lions were playing at 8:30. I still wanted to make something delicious for dinner and for everyone watching it with me.
I decided to make breaded buffalo cauliflower, breaded teriyaki broccoli, and bbq pulled pork sandwiches…the simple way.
How cool is it that Birds Eye makes flavored steam-ables now? I’ve talked about my chicken wing obsession during football season, and my serious need to cut it out. Well, I finally found my back-up!
For these delicious little appetizers, you’ll need:
(ONLY FIVE INGREDIENTS)
In a little mixing bowl, coat the cauliflower in the egg and milk mixture.
I didn’t microwave the cauliflower before hand, but I did let it defrost on the counter for an hour.
Coat the cauliflower in the Italian bread crumbs and add it to a greased pan. I’ve always been a fan of Italian bread crumbs; I think they have the best flavor and they paired nicely with the buffalo and teriyaki. Even if it does sound like a weird combo, go with it.
While you’re coating the broccoli and cauliflower, make sure the oven is preheating to 400 degrees.
I got lazy and messy towards the end (I have the patience of a toddler and love messy fingers). I ended up tossing all the broccoli and cauliflower into the egg mixture and then coating it. Worked just as good and it cut out time 🙂
I placed the pan in the oven to cook for about 20 minutes while I prepared the oh-so-easy bbq pulled pork sandwiches!
If you’ve never had bbq pulled pork on a croissant, you’re missing out!
This is the quickest, tastiest and easiest little sandwich to throw together and it’s pretty darn cheap. It takes hours to slow cook pork, and it’s pricy, so no shame in the freezer section when you’re short time.
All you need is:
Farm Rich® Smokehouse Pulled BBQ Pork
So instead of slaving over your pork for hours, this delicious one took about…oh…eight minutes. I microwaved the bbq pulled pork for four minutes, stirred it up, and then microwaved it an additional three minutes.
I sliced open the croissants and added a little over 1/4 cup of the pulled pork on top.
Now, everyone makes bbq pulled pork sandwiches different. There is no right way and there is no wrong way! I think it’s fun to experiment and that’s why I went with the croissants. I’m basically turning a casual bbq sandwich into a classy sandwich, right?
The coleslaw is crucial. If you’ve never had coleslaw on a pulled bbq sandwich, please try it. This was something I was introduced to while living in the South. It’s a total game changer. I used to be a “yellow mustard everything” kind of person, now I’m more of a “coleslaw everything” person.
The first bite will send you to another planet.
I doubt anyone would know or question the fact that the croissants were store bought, the coleslaw was from a deli, and the bbq pulled pork was straight from the freezer section. These babies were juicy, soft, and simply melted in your mouth. The bbq pork tasted like something straight out of mama’s crock pot. The Farm Rich® Smokehouse brand has more flavors, too. You must check them out. The bbq pulled pork is high in protein, they use quality cuts of meat, and are smoked for hours.
If you have picky eaters who only dive in for chicken nuggets, you may want to try these out. Holy yumminess! I didn’t even crave chicken wings after biting into these. They were crispy on the outside and flavorful in the inside. If you’re a vegetarian and have a hard time finding healthy options during football season, you may want to write this recipe down (and you won’t need much paper).
If you’re a buffalo fan, make sure you try out the cauliflower. Whoever you’re cooking for will be blown away by these. I know I was. It’s a great way to fit in healthy vegetables and still get that flavor you’re looking for. To be honest, you don’t even need the breading; the veggies had enough flavor to stand on their own. I just like an extra crunch.
This whole meal costed me $16.49 and everything was purchased at one stop, Walmart. The fact that it only took me about 30 minutes was even better.
I popped on the couch at 8:30 and watched my Lions play while snacking on these little poppers.