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I know I promised recipes a looong time ago, but today I actually remember to take a picture of my creation., so here you go.

We are trying to be more frugal with our grocery spending, the tough part is though, buying fresh food is WAY more expensive than processed foods. This week I searched for a new recipe using things I already had, particularly apple chicken sausage.

First of all, some things about my family and pantry.
I have two 4 year olds and a husband that is a pretty picky eater, so I have to be careful with what I make. I'm not cool with wasting food, so I try to limit what I make to only have one adult portion (2 kid portions) of left overs, so if it sucks or we forget about it, no biggie.
I also don't like processed foods. Don't get me wrong, I've totally used those home style bakes and others like it in a pinch, but I really don't like to. I NEVER feed my family microwave dinners (except when there is a babysitter for the kids....). I stock up on canned diced tomatoes and always have onions and potatoes around. I buy my meats in bulk if I can and separate and freeze them in meal sizes, I also buy pasta and rice in bulk and separate (if they don't some pre-seperated). I try to plan my family meals 2 weeks at a time and adjust as needed.

APPLE CHICKEN SAUSAGE AND PASTA IN A CREAMY TOMATO SAUCE
items needed:
3/4 lb pasta (rotini or penne is best)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream (maybe a bit more)
3-4 links of apple chicken sausage
1 can of diced tomatoes
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 of a medium onion (a whole small one) diced

add tomatoes, onion, garlic and whipping cream to a skillet, salt and pepper to taste, cook on medium for 10-15 minutes (until onion is softer and sauce is thickened)
boil water and cook pasta to al dente, drain and set aside
cut up sausage and brown in a pan, set aside
when the sauce is thickened, add sausage and cook for another 5 min.
*the sauce might get too thick at this point and you might need to add a SMALL amount of whipping cream.
then add the sauce/sausage to the pasta, mix it all in
yum yum eat it up!

please let me know if you tried this and liked or changed it at all


 





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