I've got another cheap and easy dinner for you. It only costs about $10 and feeds four people. That's less than three bucks a piece and you'll be eating a juicy, tender pork roast with great flavor. Oh, and to complement this roast we're simply chopping sweet potatoes and onions. Best part: we're throwing it all in one pan. So when center cut pork roasts go on sale for $1.99/lb be sure to pick one up and you can make this cheap and easy dinner with dijon pork roast and sweet potatoes.
Why You Should Make this Cheap and Easy Dinner
For starters, it is cheap and easy. Again, this is about a $10 dinner for four. It's also totally delicious and you can add things on to this meal using whatever you have on hand. You need only a small pork roast, dijon mustard (spicy brown if that's all you have and I bet any kind of mustard would work here), a couple of large sweet potatoes, half an onion or so, and a dried herb or two. I used thyme and rosemary but you could use dried basil, oregano or herbs de provence as well. And if you don't have dried herbs - it will STILL taste great. Personally, I didn't think this pork roast needed a gravy. I found the roast to be incredibly juicy and tender with great flavors on its own. I think that marinating it overnight made a big difference here. But if you simply must have gravy, one of those cheap packets from the grocery store will do just fine here.
The pork and sweet potatoes will make a hefty portion, but if you think you need more make a side salad or steam some broccoli. I was loving this meal with just the pork and sweet potatoes. If you like cheap and easy dinners like me, you should also check out my cheap and easy dinner with chicken thighs, carrots, potatoes and onion.
Dijon Pork Roast with Sweet Potatoes: Built-in Leftovers if You're Only Cooking for Two
So you're on a budget and one of the areas you're spending too much money is food. I can tell you from experience that if you start planning your meals each week and factor in leftovers for lunch you will start to see savings. This dijon pork roast is the perfect example. The meal serves four people, but maybe it's just the two of you? No problem. Get out your containers and pack tomorrow's lunch. I've spoken of this before, but when I worked at my last corporate job years ago, guess what I saw? People (many, many people) spending $15+ per day for lunch. I could not comprehend this. How can people afford to do this? This cheap and easy dinner with dijon pork roast costs about $10 and feeds four! In other words, if you're on a budget: hop.to.it.
Easy Steps for Making Dijon Pork Roast
One thing I enjoy about sticking something in the fridge to marinate overnight is it reduces the work to be done the next evening. Yes, it will take a few minutes of your time, but this pork roast involves very little prep. Salt, pepper, mustard and whatever dried herbs you have on hand. We're talking about less than five minutes to do this and get it in the fridge. Then all you have to do is chop a couple of sweet potatoes and a chunk of onion before throwing it in the oven.
Pork is a great option to consider when cooking with a budget in mind. There are so many cuts to try and it's often a cheaper option than chicken and beef. So look for the pork sales. I've got a great ginger pork stir fry too if you want to check that out as well.
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