Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Stop the dollar menu!

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
Homemade sauce
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 :)


  1. I totally agree!! I hate feeding my daughter fast food. Whole chickens are a staple for us. They are cheap and you get TONS of meals out of them. Baked chicken, chicken sammies, chicken salad and the list goes on...

    1. So glad to hear! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Yes! That is so great, we do a lot of chicken in general. Great post.

  3. I totally agree! All that fast food is soo bad for you!