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 :)



4 comments:

  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...

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

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

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

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