Recipes for the Holiday Rush

December 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

When I’m busy, I get caught: dinnertime comes, but I’ve not had a single thought about dinner.  Everyone’s hungry, I’m tired, and we just get a pizza or something. It’s fine sometimes, but the money can add up.  So, here are some links for a few recipes that I’ve been making lately in effort to get through the “busy, busy” of Christmas without breaking the bank on take out or fast food.

  • Pappardell with Slow-Cooked Meat-Yes, I know, “slow cooked meat” is a pretty unfortunate title, but this is a great recipe.  Pappardell can be subbed out for a less expensive noodle-type pasta.
  • Spicy Pulled Pork from Ree Drummond- we’ve seen this one before on this blog, but it’s just so easy, I had to mention it again.
  • Good Old Chili con Carne- Chili from Jamie Oliver. Adding cinnamon into chili adds a great layer of flavor. Also, I like to triple the garlic and add a little tomato paste with the tomatoes, but it’s warming and lovely as is, too.
  • Pork Cooked in Milk- Not used to cooking meat in milk? This will convince you of it’s virtues.  Lemon peel, sage, garlic? Say no more. The smell is enough of a reason for you to make this one.
  • Curly Kale and Potato Soup (with Sausage or without)- This is a soup from Alice Water’s Art of Simple Food.  You can use sausage or make it completely vegan by leaving it out and changing chicken broth to vegetable broth.  It’s both tasty and kind to your wallet either way you decide to make it.

I think if I intersperse these kinds of meals with easy pastas, or a quick stir-fry, we’ll be able to maneuver through the holiday season without too many wallet or health hazards. I think it’s a good pursuit, whether we’re 100% successful or not.

What about you, readers? Do you have any favorites you like to use when you are too busy for words? I’d love to hear ideas!

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