Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
Cooler temperatures always means chili weather for me but the cost of ground beef is way to expensive. Well as Grandma Mama would say; use what you have. In the freezer was the pork patties we got from the mobile food bank this month. So ok, pork patty chili it is.
Except for things that require precise measurements (like canning or breads) I don’t really use “recipes” and I’m not good at writing them either. My recipes are ingredient lists without amounts. No two makings of the recipe will be the same. It depends on what I have and how much I want to use. One time I might use more bell peppers and the next time I might use more tomatoes or beans. Yet another time I might use pork patties instead of ground beef. 😉
My chili usually has:
Yup, I was out of ground beef so I defrosted and cut two pork patties into tiny pieces to use instead. I decided to leave out the tomato sauce this time and I used macaroni as the pasta. I had just a little left in the box and I wanted to use it up. When a recipe calls for a certain kind of pasta I’ve been known to use whatever I have available. This chili could have just as easily had bow ties or rotini or shells. All pasta is made from the very same ingredients. Only the shape changes. I don’t use salt while the food is cooking. If food needs salt I use it at the table.
This was not a recipe I’d go out of my way to repeat often but it was edible. Not too bad for using what I have so it doesn’t go to waste. There was definitely some type of filler in the pork patties. Possibly tofu. One patty would have been enough for the recipe. I have enough left over to put into the freezer for a couple other meals.
It was the name of the pork that had most food bank recipients around the country stumped. The name should have been “sausage patties” instead of pork patties. I guess since China is not buying USA pork as much as in the past it becomes a food bank windfall.