I typically try to keep our pantry, refrigerator and freezer stocked. I’m a cancer, it’s in my nature. However, due to some unforeseen expenditures our budget took a large hit several months ago and we have been trying to recover. Part of this recovery meant other areas of our budget would take a hit, including our food bill. (With three growing boys, you can imagine, this is one of our largest monthly expenditures). In an effort to do my part I became extremely creative with meals using only what we had in the pantry, refrigerator and freezer. After going through all the meat and making several vegetarian meals, my husband, who is mostly carnivore, insisted that I go grocery shopping and even bumped that budget back up. I, however, am not as comfortable with our financial situation yet, so I opted for some of the more budget friendly meats, such as pork. This isn’t something I cook frequently, but am pleased with how this turned out, so I thought I’d pass it on to you.