Sometimes I am Cheap. And Pork Thai Stew.

We had a really big toaster oven.  We don’t have a very big kitchen, and why I thought I needed a toaster oven that had a bun warmer, I have no idea.  I think I used the bun warmer twice?  This is what it looked like:

We had it for years, and then to me, it seemed that it took twice as long to get to temperature, and realized we were really only using it as a toaster.  So one day I unplugged it and threw it out.  Let’s call it an executive decision, shall we?  So I promptly replaced it with this piece of shit toaster:

This Hamilton Beach toaster oven couldn’t even fit rye bread – you would have to flip the bread around half way through.  The “bagel” setting barely warmed the bagel, let alone toast it.  I kept hearing Tony say “it would be really nice to have a toaster oven, but oh yeah, you threw it out!”  But my thought was, why spend xx amount on a toaster oven if all we use it for is as a toaster?  I can be cheap like that sometimes. 😀

I hate to concede.  But. Tony was right.  Yep, I said it Tony!!  We get Consumer Reports magazine, and they recommended this toaster oven:

The Oster Digital Countertop Oven with Convection – Model: TSSTTVMNDG.  This was on sale at our local Wal-Mart for $79.  After toasting bagels over the weekend, Tony used the convection oven to make a Homerun Inn frozen pizza and declared it delicious.  The cheese got nice and bubbly and he said that the crust was perfectly crisp.  Nice! 😀

Breakfast was a mini bagel sammie – 1 egg, baby spinach, 1/2 ounce hard salami, 2/3 ounce cheese – 8 PointsPlus.

I thought I was going to be too swamped to take a walk at lunch but luckily found a window – perfect weather!!  Sunny and 60.  I walked/ran for 50 minutes – it felt really good!

So my grocery store sale flyer had pork stew for $1.99.  I asked Tony if he had ever had it before and his answer was “not intentionally!”  So I decided to make a dish I know I would like and my SIL would like . . . and guess who else loved it?  Hannah!  Yep, my mostly non-meat eating daughter thought it was delicious.

Thai Pork Stew (4 servings / 4 oz. pork mixture with 1/2 cup of sauce is 276 calories, 12 fat, 15 carbs, 2 fiber and 26 protein = 7 PointsPlus).

  • 1 pound pork stew (alternatively 1 pound cut up pork chops or tenderloin)
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 cups red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cream peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha
  • 2 cups chicken broth

I heated my oven to 300.  I just put everything in together (don’t worry, the peanut butter melts into the sauce) and baked it for 90 minutes in my dutch oven, stirring every half hour.

I don’t have any pictures when it came out of the oven because it was already dark out.  When I reheated my portion, I tossed it with 2/3 cups cooked white rice and a cup of steamed veggies – broccoli/carrots and peapods.  Sorry about the quality of the photo – but this was really delicious!

This was so filling!  It took me a while to eat too – the pork was super tender and I loved that there was a lot of sauce – my lunch comes in at 10 PointsPlus. 😀

Now the sun is setting on my drive home – they sky was so pretty!

And then I turned that sky picture into something cool – I always forget I have a “fisheye” effect on my camera!

I thought I was going to have to work late last night, and Tony had a dinner out so I had nothing really planned.  Um, left to my own devices, I am sure no one is shocked at what I made for me and Hannah.

We made pizza!  Um, someone put red onions on her half – ew!

Yep, my 14 point half of pizza really hit the spot – I had 1.5 ounces of sausage, 1/2 ounce pepperoni, roasted red pepper, baby spinach, 4 ounces of pizza dough, and 1.5 ounces of asiago cheese.  Yumz.

Stats for Monday:

  • 36 points (includes 4 points of tasting while cooking last night – I may have had half a pumpkin scone!)
  • 50 minute walk/run
  • average blood sugar 132

Have a great Tuesday – make it a great day! 😀

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25 thoughts on “Sometimes I am Cheap. And Pork Thai Stew.

  1. I’ve only ever had a toaster, but everyone I know LOVES toaster ovens!
    Happy Tuesday to you, too, Biz!!!

  2. Yay for pizza night with Hannah. That stew sounds awesome too 🙂

  3. I actually get a lot of use out of my toaster oven. The small tray is perfect for roasting a can of chick peas. We’ve had it for a while and it still works great. It takes me forever to make decisions when buying a new product. My husband and I both hem and haw, do we really need this, can it wait, maybe we can find it cheaper somewhere else… On occasion we just throw caution to the wind and buy something we want like our recent purchase of a new iPod nano.

    That is a wild picture of the sky. Very cool. Have a wonderful day!

  4. I have a huge toaster oven that gets used mostly for toast but also for melting cheese on something. It broils great too. Not as fast as my gas oven but leaves the oven free for other things.

  5. I haven’t had a toaster oven in probably 15 years, but I still miss it. Unfortunately, our dumb Kitchen Aid toaster keeps on working like a champ (gift from my parents; I never would have bought such an expensive toaster, so you’re not really alone in your cheapness!)…I can’t replace a working appliance with another, so I’m stuck. But I love the versatility of toaster ovens.

  6. I’ve been meaning to buy a toaster oven since we got married, because our regular toaster is cheap and kind of sucks…one day I’ll finally buy one. haha

  7. Hooray for being able to escape at lunch! The weather looks absolutely perfect! The cheese on your pizzas always looks so perfect. Makes me want to come over for dinner 🙂

  8. I swear – a toaster oven is the one appliance we don’t have. But we have everything else [either given to us, inherited or gotten for free from our grocery store give away] Thank goodness this is the biggest kitchen we have ever had – I am spoiled because I have had some pretty darn small kitchens in my time.

    That pizza looks num. Especially with the onions. heehee Hi Hannah!

  9. I’m pretty sure there aren’t toaster ovens in Finland. We are not that well developed. 😀

    Luckily I have a regular toaster and it toasts my rye bread too. Finland is a rye bread country.

    I like that pizza and wouldn’t mind having red onions on mine. 🙂

  10. I have a convection toaster oven and I totally adore it! I bake in it a lot, especially in the summer.

  11. I’ve never had a toaster oven.. only a toaster! I’m a huge cheapskate though, I’ll admit! That’s what you get when you’re 18, in college, and want to travel haha. Pizza looks fantastic!

  12. We have a toaster that does a great job but Hubs thinks we need a toaster oven. We might have to check that one out! You make me want pizza. And I just found a recipe for gluten free crust so NOW I CAN HAVE IT! LOL

  13. You can sure make a bagel sammie look delicious! I might have to go buy some bagels now!

  14. My parents used to have a toaster oven and when I lived at home, would use it all the time. That reminds me that I should invest in one.
    That bagel sandwich looks amazing!!! I love the addition of salami! Yum!

  15. That pizza looks yummy. 14 points for half a pizza is great. Can you image what half a pizza of take-out would be?

  16. Love those pictures of the sky! Beautiful! You asked where I was at the beach – my step-mom took my step-sister and I to a small coastal town name Gualala. It is about 50 miles down the coast from Mendocino and Fort Bragg, Ca. October is the best month to go to Northern California beaches, but even so, those days were more clear and beautiful than normal. It was so warm I even wished I had shorts.

  17. I feel that at some point in my life my family had a toaster oven. Maybe for camping. I could be dreaming this. Is that strange?

  18. I am a huge toaster oven fan. We toast bread, bagels, re-heat pizza and toast nuts in ours, there’s no need for a toaster here.

  19. I just started using my toaster oven and now I use it at least once a day, I don’t know why I didn’t use it for so long! We got it as a wedding gift 10 years ago and I just took it out of the box about 2 weeks ago.

  20. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat. In a word…WOW….those pictures of the sky are INCREDIBLE!!! Yay for dazzling Hannah with the pork dish. And yay for the new “baby” for the kitchen!!! Have a great Tuesday.

  21. That pizza looks AWESOME. I could easily eat pizza every day.

  22. i always love your shots of the view when you get to go running. it was a beautiful day here too! the pork stew looks and sounds wonderful, i’ll have to try it soon. and i’m totally craving pizza now too 🙂 i hope you’re having a lovely week!

  23. Pork thai stew sounds great. And you have an interesting self rating/scoring system.

  24. The pork thai stew sounds pretty good. We love Thai food and have been making a lot of it lately.

  25. […] quick Google search, and wouldn’t you know it, the third link to show up is one of my own – a recipe for a Thai pork stew that I had completely forgotten I’d made!  The only thing I did differently was after the […]

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