Some Kind of Chicken
I am surprised to find myself being more and more resourceful. As inflation is eating up our grocery budget, I must make every bit of food count. Have you noticed the amount of money it takes to eat these days? Our grocery budget has doubled in the last 3 years. At the end of the month, we are still depleted. Ok, this has caused me to think about how we are using that budget. A few things come to mind, first of all I have to stock my pantry in bulk, with staples; flour, rice, large amounts of pasta, and baking items.
Secondly, I have been intentional with eating the left-overs. Have you ever had success freezing meals to eat later? I can’t say that I have. With good intentions, I have frozen meals and thawed to discover it just doesn’t taste the same. I realize my family have finicky taste, so I try to to cook too much at a time. Maybe enough to eat twice. My family loves to eat what’s new, so I must assign the meals. It isn’t too hard to do. Since we homeschool, our daughters eat full, hot lunches much of the time.
Thirdly, I am planning to do some major coupon shopping! It is really time for me to come aboard this practice. Don’t get me wrong, I have always used coupons. There is an art to this practice that allows you to save mucho dinero! I would like to do this. I will let you know how it is working out for us.
Also, have you heard of food storage. This is something our family will explore in the coming year. I since a need to be as self sufficient as possible. It is quite possible we have all relied on our usual infrastructure. If you have ever lived in a hurricane prone region and experienced an approaching storm, you will quickly discover that the grocery stores will not have enough food and supplies to go around. Imagine this problem on a much larger scale. What are you doing to prepare for disaster? I hope to make sure my family still have great meals in the midst of any catastrophe.
A quick meal on the cheap that my family always enjoy, I call it “Some Kind of Chicken” . I can always count on my youngest daughter to ask me what we are having for dinner, and if I did not have a plan, that answer is always “Some Kind of Chicken”. Ok, the “Some Kind of Chicken” means, I am going to thaw some chicken breast and figure out what I want to do with it. So, when I discover there is only 2 or 3 chicken breast left in the bag, I decide that the “Some Kind of Chicken” dinner needs to be a casserole so that the small amount of chicken will stretch. Since my pantry is always stocked with pastas and I always keep a fresh carton of heavy whipping cream, I am able to make a pasta and chicken casserole. That is my base, I then add sauteed vegetables, left over mushrooms, of course the fresh basil from the glass of fresh cut sweet basil sitting on the island, and there you have it! “The Some Kind of Chicken” dinner. Will share the recipe in another post. Please share your quick tasty recipes on the cheap.