I want to feed my family real, nourishing food... without breaking the bank or spending hours every day, in the kitchen. Recently I had to set down and really look at our overall budget. We are now raising 2 grandsons and well, money is tight. I am finding ways to cut our food budget while keeping us eating foods that are good for us. It all goes back to planning and prepping.
Almost every Sunday I make a whole, organic chicken. Sometimes in my slow cooker and sometimes in my oven. By doing this I end up feeding my family of 4, 3 meals and 2 lunches, with 1 organic chicken.... all for around $20.00 and less than 30 minutes of my time! I can justify a $20.00 organic roaster chicken, if I am getting 3 meals and a couple of lunches out of it.
Meal #1 ~ Roasted Chicken. I love changing it up. Sometimes stuffed with lemons and drizzled with real Extra Virgin Olive Oil or maybe rubbed in butter and seasoned with fresh sage and rosemary or brushed with honey and organic soy sauce.
Meal #2 ~ Chicken quesadillas with avocado or pinto bean and chicken tacos. Pull some of the chicken off and put aside for this dish.
Meal #3 ~ Make a healthy nutritious bone broth for soup one night. We make dishes like Chicken Pho, Chicken Veggie Soup, Lemon Chicken Soup and more. Simple shred all the chicken off the bones. Place the organic chicken bones in a slow cooker. Cover with water. Add in some sea salt, pepper, sage, nettle and other nutritional herbs. Throw a chopped onion, a few cloves of garlic and a sliced carrot. Next add 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar and simmer on low in the slow cooker for a couple of days. Add water as needed. Strain and use for soups. Sip on any extra you may have!
Lunches ~ Chicken sandwiches, add to salads, make Vietnamese Rolls with veggies and chicken.
There you have it ~ Feed a family of 4 3 meals and 2 lunches on 1 organic chicken....4,3,2,1
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