I am always looking for how to meal plan with delicious, but cheap ingredients. You can make delicious meals with poor people food. This post is part of a series How to Make a Cheap Grocery List When Money is Tight.
I think you will be amazed at how many different meals you can make with leftover pork. I am all about batch cooking meat and freezing it to use later.
Pork loin roast has about the same calories as chicken breast, according to My Fitness Pal there are 120 calories in 4 oz of pork loin roast.
Pork roast is easy to make in an InstaPot, crockpot, oven or electric frying pan. It takes the same amount of effort to make a large or a small pork roast. I always plan for leftovers when I make a pork roast.
How Do I Cook a Pork Roast?
There are a lot of ways to make pork roast the first time. One way is to make a traditional pot roast with carrots, potatoes. Add salt, pepper, onion and you have a delicious first meal. My favorite way to make pot roast is in the oven. This is a great meal for a weekend. When I was growing up Sunday “dinner”, noon meal after church was always beef or pork roast pot roast.
If you have a pork loin roast it is delicious fixed on the grill a great option in the summer to avoid heating up the house. Pork loin roasts are best cooked by indirect heat on the grill to avoid having them dry out. Brush the roast with some barbeque sauce, Italian dressing or just pepper an onion salt. Soy sauce, a little bit of molasses and spices also makes a great marinade for pork.
A dry rub is another good option for grilling pork. An easy rub is paprika, brown sugar, cumin, pepper, chili powder, onion & garlic powder. If you don’t have all of these spices no worries just use what you have.
On a weeknight, a crockpot is my favorite way to cook a pork roast. Before you leave for work put a partially frozen pork roast in with a half to three-quarters of an inch of vegetable broth or water. Add onion and seasonings like garlic, salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder or paprika. Another option is less water and a generous amount of your favorite barbeque sauce.
What Do I Serve with Pork Roast?
With pulled pork or any pork sandwich, my favorite side dishes are oven roasted potatoes either just white potatoes or a combination of white and sweet potatoes and coleslaw.
Pot roast already has carrots and potatoes as a side. You can leave it at that or add a salad or fruit to round out the meal.
Cut up carrots and potatoes with salt, pepper, and butter wrapped in foil and cooked on the grill are a great side with grilled pork. A broccoli or chop salad is another great side dish for any kind of pork roast, especially pork roast the first time or one of the sandwiches.
Easy Recipes for Leftover Pork Roast
1. Pork Fried Rice
Stir fry vegetables you have on hand like carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts, cauliflower, mushrooms, or bamboo shoots. Add garlic, onion, and ginger (if you have ginger or you can leave it out) for flavor. Season with toasted sesame oil and soy sauce. Add cooked rice and when everything is almost done add and egg and continue to stir until the egg is done.
You can skip the toasted sesame oil if you don’t have any, but just a little really adds to the flavor and it is worth having. I keep mine in the refrigerator and it lasts nearly forever.
2. Sweet and Sour Pork
Stir fry bell peppers, carrots, and pork. Add a small can of pineapple chunks. Make your own sweet and sour sauce or save time and use this one.
3. Pork Quesadillas
You can add sliced bell peppers and or black beans to the quesadillas if you want to. These are great with mango salsa.
4. Cuban Sandwich
Make this with ham, pork roast, mustard, swiss cheese, and pickles. Cuban rolls, Italian bread or hoagie rolls are all options for the bread.
This is best if the pork is in cubes rather than shredded. Add canned crushed or diced tomatoes, and beans. I like black beans the best, but chili beans are good too. Add some chopped green peppers, chili powder, and cumin. Cook on top of the stove or in the crockpot.
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6. Barbequed Pork Sandwich
Buns make the best bread for barbequed sandwiches. Fried potatoes and a salad are great accompaniments to barbequed pork sandwiches.
7. Pork burritos
Saute different colored bell peppers and onions for one or two minutes then add slivered or shredded pork. serve in tortillas with cheese and lettuce. Different colored bell peppers have different flavors, so take that into consideration when choosing the color of pepper.
8. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This is probably the easiest meal on the list. Bake the sweet potatoes, split them down the middle add warm cut up pork roast and a dollop of light sour cream. Add a vegetable salad to round out the meal and you are done.
9. Moo Shu Pork (weeknight version)
Stir fry sliced mushrooms, a bag of coleslaw mix, a few green onions and leftover pork roast. Season with soy sauce and toasted sesame oil. Serve in a tortilla or serve as a moo shu bowl. Drizzle hoisin sauce and or plum sauce over the top or spread on the tortilla before wrapping it. Don’t skip the sauce you need it for flavor.
10. Barbequed Pork Pizza
Naan bread is my favorite pizza base for this, but you can use a premade pizza crust or even make your own crust if you have the time. Spread a little barbeque sauce on the crust, add the pulled pork. It is even better if you add mushrooms and sliced bell peppers. Top with mozerrella cheese and bake until heated through or the dough is cooked if you make your own crust.
11. Pork Roast Hash
Stir fry leftover potatoes, carrots, chopped onion, and leftover pork roast. when it is about half heated add leftover gravy from the pot roast and cook until hot. You can also add peppers and or mushrooms to this.
More Resources to Cut Food Costs
161 Poverty Meals Eat Healthy When Money is Tight is an comprehensive resource for recipes using cheap ingredients.
If you are the kind of person who prefers a cookbook, I’ve got you covered too. My favorite cookbooks for cheap recipes are Dining on a Dime Cookbook (simple home cooking) and More with Less Cookbook (several recipes with an international influence, this one I discovered years ago when I was in graduate school)