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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Rubber Chicken

It is a rare occasion in my house when a whole chicken is used in one meal. At our house we eat rubber chicken, a chicken that is stretched for 2, maybe even 3 meals. Stretching your meats is one of the easiest ways I know to make your grocery dollars go further. It's simple to do too. Just watch.

First I start with a whole chicken. This baby was 7lbs! Total cost $4.81 @ .68/lb. When chickens go on sale for this price I try to grab a couple of them. I also try to grab the biggest one that I can. The bigger the bird, the more meat.

Next I remove the breast from the rest of the body and reserve it for another meal. Now I have 2 sections, one for $2.40 & one for $2.41.

I roasted the body and ended up with 4 cups of meat. I froze 3 cups for another meal and used 1 cup in tonights dinner (fried rice).  Cost - $1.80 for 3 cups and $0.60 for 1 cup. 

So from this chicken I will have 3 meals. My cost for the chicken in each meal being $2.41, $1.80 and $0.60. Not too bad and certainly better than the whole $4.81 for just one meal.

Rubber roasts are really good too.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

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Friday, March 26, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Minestrone di Oregon

It's great when you have friends and family that are good cooks. I've learned so much from the recipes of others. I've been making this weeks recipe for years. My sister-in-law Stephanie passed it on to me. I really like it because it's so full of good foods that I always have on hand. I can make it in the crock pot too if I need to. And it's cheap!! You can't beat that.

Minestrone di Oregon - $3.67
French Bread - $.87

Total - $4.54

Minestrone di Oregon

2 T olive oil - .10
3 cloves garlic, minced - .12
1 C onion thinly sliced - .27
1 C carrots, diced - .18
1 C celery, diced - .24
2 C potatoes,  diced - .10 (15 lb bag Yukon Gold potatoes $1.98 @ Trading Co, bought 2 weeks ago)
3 C cabbage, shredded - .24 (.18c /lb @ Super 1 Foods)
1 15 oz can italian tomatoes - .63
3 C seasonal vegetables (zucchini, green beans etc) - .83 (zucchini for 78c/lb @ Winco)
3 C beef broth - .24
3 C water
1 15oz can great northern beans - .72
1 bay leaf - infantisimal
seasonings to taste

Saute onion and garlic in oil. Add carrots and cook a few min. Repeat with celery, potatoes and vegetables, cooking each a few min and stirring. Add cabbage. Add tomatoes, broth, water and seasonings. Cover & cook over low heat for 3 hrs or till soup is thick. Add beans and simmer for 15 min.
Serve with toasted french bread.

This recipe is really great in the summer when your garden is in. Everything in this soup can be grown right in your back yard, except the beans. There's nothing like walking through your garden and saying "what shall we have for dinner tonight?" The possibilities are endless. Until then, enjoy this meal knowing your not breaking the bank.

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Family Meals Under $5 - Fried Chicken

I was in Spokane the other day and stopped by my favorite Winco store. We don't have a Winco close by so when I'm in town I try to make my trips count. Besides having a great bulk food section I can usually find a good deal on something my family uses. Well this time they didn't dissapoint. I found a jumbo pack (do we buy anything else?) of drumsticks for 59c/lb. When I saw the total of $2.77 I knew I had a $5 dinner.
The best thing is that we didn't eat the whole thing so I had a very nice lunch the net day.

Oven Fried Chicken - $3.10
Mashed potatoes - $0.40
Tossed green salad - $0.84

Total - $4.34

Oven Fried Chicken
Jumbo pack of drumsticks - $2.77
1 c milk - .11
2 eggs, beaten - .22
1 c breadcrumbs - free (I save the ends of the bread that y kids wont eat and grind them up into crumbs)
seasonings - use what you like and add to breadcrumbs. I used Johnnys seasoning salt and onion powder.

Wash and pat dry chicken. Dip in milk, then egg. Roll in breadcrumbs to coat. Place in greased 13 x 9 baking dish. Bake at @375 for 45-55 min or till done.

Mashed Potatoes
8 Yukon Gold potatoes.  - .40c (I got a 15lb bag on sale a couple of weeks ago for $1.98 - Super deal!)     I use 1 potato per person. Wash and dice. I don't peel because a lot of the nutrients are in the peel. Put in large pot and cover with water. Boil till tender. Drain and mash. Add a little milk and butter to reach desired consistency. Season to taste.

Tossed green salad
Winco also has some good prices on produce. I got a packaged head of Romaine lettuce for $1.48. I use 1/2 head per meal and toss in whatever I happen to have in my fridge. This time I went with some alfalfa sprouts that I sprouted on my own. They cost me about .10c.

Keep your eyes peeled for meat that is marked down. I bought this on the 10th and the use buy date was the 12th. I just came home and popped the whole jumbo pack in the freezer. You can usually save about 50% which is a huge savings.

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