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Recipe: Delicious and affordable meals at home

Rockland chef Lynn Archer shared an affordable recipe that tastes great.

PORTLAND, Maine — A chef from Rockland shared an affordable recipe this week, and it tastes great. 

Lynn Archer is the owner and chef at Archer's on the Pier in Rockland. Earlier this year employees challenged her to make a week's worth of dinners for a family of four with a budget of $100.  

Not only did Lynn accept the challenge, she even managed to include dessert. Her advice: look at the sales flyers in the newspaper, and don't just assume cheap equals unhealthy.

Apple Cranberry Baked Stuffed pork chops

Ingredients: 

  • 6 pork chops layered in a baking pan
  • 1 loaf of day-old bread torn in a bowl
  • 1 carrot - diced
  • 1 celery stick - diced
  • 1 apple - diced
  • 1 cup craisins
  • 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning

Directions: 

  • Sauté in 2 tablespoons of butter until onion is soft and translucent
  • Pour over bread, and add chicken stock to mix together to make a soft stuffing
  • Top the pork chops and bake in a hot oven at 425 degrees for 20 minutes