wow. is it really december? it seemed like yesterday when i was telling the hubby in the summertime, ‘it will be christmas before you know it!’ anyway, with all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, i wanted to try to get this edition in early. otherwise, it won’t happen. i spent most of last month making thanksgiving recipes, mostly sides, and desserts. so, i was a little doubtful if i could make this month’s $30 for 5 meals work. let’s see how i did…
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let’s get to it!
corn chowder with bacon – this has to be one of my all time favorite chowders. it is the absolute best when i can get my hands on some fresh corn. the sweet, crunchy corn and salty bacon are amazing together. not at all forgetting about the tender potatoes that have soaked up all the goodness in the pot. sharing is optional on this one guys. be sure to make extra and freeze.
puttanesca – this has to be the cheapest, easiest, most flavorful pasta on the planet. i have to admit i was turned off a tad from the anchovies that are listed in the ingredients. so i kind of steered away from trying it. oh, but when i did! i make it at home now, and it is packed with flavor! our family loves it.
spaghetti and meatballs – my daughter’s favorite meal on the planet. oh..wait. maybe it is a tie between this and mac and cheese. but still. i am constantly making spaghetti and meatballs. sometimes, i make meatsauce, depending on my mood and if i am feeling lazy that day. but if i have enough energy to throw together these meatballs it is worth all the arm work! these meatballs are extremely tender, which makes chewing optional. the sauce is rich, slightly thickened from the tomato paste and full of aromatics and herbs. another great recipe to make extra and freeze.
rosemary chicken and apple pot – this is dish another dish where the sweet and savory elements makes your mouth go crazy. i am usually not a fan of fruit in my food. but i am glad i attempted to create this recipe. the earthy rosemary, sweet apple, tender chicken, and salty bacon was incredible. you MUST try this one.
smothered chicken with bell pepper and onion – one of the regulars in our rotation of dinners. one of my pet peeves with smothered chicken is when i cut the smothered chicken breast and the skin tears from soaking in the gravy. especially when i am cutting it for my kids plates. so i cut the raw chicken into bite-sized pieces ‘before’ i fried it. that way, you can pop the whole piece of smothered chicken into your mouth! fried chicken, creamy gravy and crunchy onions and bell peppers…so good.
we did great this month ya’ll! here is our receipt, by the way…