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Cheap eats - Sweet 'n sour

June 24, 2009

Sweet 'n sour



o Cost per serving is $3.15 for 6 servings and $2.37 for 8 servings using chicken. Prices are from Weis Markets at the intersection of Dual Highway and Eastern Boulevard.

1 cup brown rice
2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
14-ounce can pineapple bits in natural juice
8-ounce can tomato sauce (not spaghetti sauce)
2 cups cubed turkey, chicken, ham or gluten
1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch, if needed
2 tablespoons water, if needed
Additional pineapple juice, if needed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a casserole dish, mix the brown rice, 2 cups water and salt. Bake for one hour.

Meanwhile, in a skillet, saut the onion and celery in the vegetable oil until tender.

Add the brown sugar, lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic salt, pineapple bits, tomato sauce and gluten or meat.

Simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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Then, if the mixture is too runny, mix the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons water together in a small bowl. Then add it to the mixture with meat or gluten.

Or, if the mixture is not soupy enough, add more pineapple juice.

Serves 6 to 8.

- Courtesy of Linda Sturm of Smithsburg

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