While I love a bag of potato chips and a chocolate chip cookie as much as the next girl, I really do care about living a nutritious lifestyle.
I get so frustrated by those who live off of (and feed their kids from) the dollar menu because it's "so cheap".
I understand the convenience factor is huge for a lot of people, but the cheap one doesn't get by me.
I promise I'm not going on this mini rant without making a point.
I have proof!
I bought a whole chicken from the grocery store for approximately $4.25. After chopping up about $1 worth of onions and carrots and drizzling with a couple of tablespoons of oil and some seasonings of choice, it looked like this--
I baked it for maybe an hour and a half at 350 degrees (until 165 degrees internal temp.) and let the whole thing rest for at least 20 minutes under aluminum foil before slicing.
I also used the pan drippings to make this delicious sauce...
And our dinner looked like this (along with *leftover* quinoa and veggies). Forgive the not so great photo. I promise it was very tasty.
I also picked about 12 oz of extra meat off of the bones for a future meal..
AND I'm saving the carcass to make homemade chicken stock for a batch of fall soup.
So the final tally is:
Yummy Chicken dinner
Extra chicken for a future meal
Chicken carcass for homemade stock
All for maybe $6.00 at the most.
I'm just saying, it can be done!
Have a happy Tuesday :)