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Ron's Special Skillet Dinner

Remember when I talked about my husband's creativity in the kitchen in this post?  This recipe is his most famous.  I don't even try to make it -- it's his baby.  The most interesting part is that it tastes different every time he makes it, so it's always a surprise.  Our grandkids love it -- in fact our oldest granddaughter wants him to make it for her birthday dinner every year!  Don't be intimidated by the lack of specific amounts.  Trust me, it'll turn out good and you'll have lots more fun if you just don't worry about it.  The ingredients are very flexible -- you can pretty much throw in whatever you have in your fridge.  Just get out a pan that will feed your family when it's full, and go for it! 

Ron's Special Skillet Dinner

Meat:  your choice:  pork, steak, chicken, sliced thin
Vegetables:  your choice, chopped:  garlic (minced) onion, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, carrots, green pepper, zucchini, tomato, mushrooms (sliced), jalapeno pepper (no membranes or seeds unless you like it hot!  1/2 for small batch, 1 whole for large batch), olives.
Other ingredients needed:  Swanson chicken broth or Swanson aseptic box of beef broth, or a combination of the two, or just plain water; cornstarch, if you want to thicken the broth; chorizo sausage (1/2 sliced for small batch, 1 whole sliced for large batch) if you want to kick up the flavor a notch; LaChoy Soy Sauce (it's gluten free); cooked brown or white rice.


Put some oil in your skillet and start browning your meat in it.  Then add the broth or water.  You'll need 1-2 cans or 1 box broth or 1-2 cups water depending on the size of the batch.  If you want a thicker consistency, stir 1-3 Tbsp cornstarch into a small amount of cold water, and add it to the broth or water -- it will thicken as it heats up.  Start adding your vegetables.  If you're chopping as you add, put them in in the approximate order given above -- harder vegetables first, softer ones toward the end, so they don't get too soft while cooking.  Stir and turn often.  Season with salt and pepper and soy sauce.  Serve over cooked brown or white rice.

Here's what it looks like when everything is in the skillet and starting to cook:

And this is how it looks when it's done:

So good and so good for you!


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