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Money Saving Meals
November 20, 2015

Money Saving Meals with Chicken

Having Twins Today, Issue #012 -- November 201

In this Issue:

1) This month’s top tip: Money Saving Meals using Chicken

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3) What’s our Sneak Peak this Month?

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Money Saving Meals - 3 or 4 in 1

Series One of Household Money Saving Tips

When you are expecting twins or have twins you will probably be on the lookout for ways to save money within your household. This is issue 1 of 5 in the series on Ways to Save Money.

Issue 1 – Money Saving Meal with Chicken
Issue 2 – Make your Own Gifts
Issue 3 – Entertaining your Kids for Free
Issue 4 – Losing Pregnancy Weight – Don’t join a gym do it at home
Issue 5 – Make your Own Cleaning Products

Household Money Saving Tips Issue 1:
Money Saving Meals with Chicken

3 in one meal idea using chicken. Here is a great way to get more for your money with preparing meals for your family.

Meal 1 – Roast Chicken:

The first meal to start with on night one is a roast chicken and vegetables like potatoes, pumpkin, sweet potato and some greens, don’t forget the gravy.

If you have a large family and need two whole chickens then go for it, by meal number three this means you can actually get a whole other meal.

Meal 2 – Three Options:

So because there are three options here you can potentially have 4 meals from one.

Option 1 – Chicken Salad

With any left over chicken you could make a Chicken Pasta salad or a green Chicken salad like Chicken Caesar.
Go to these links to grab a recipe if you like:
Chicken Caesar Salad
Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

Option 2 – Chicken and Salad Rolls

Yummy I love left over chicken in a roll or sandwich so delicious. So just put in the roll whatever takes your fancy and you have an awesome lunch. In my chicken roll I put chicken, even left over roasted pumpkin and use it like a spread, rocket or fancy lettuce, tomato, cracked pepper, and a little bit of mayo.

Option 3 – Using Leftover Roasted Vegetables

There is so much you can do with leftover roast vegetables like:

1. Roasted Vegetable Frittata
2. Roasted Pumpkin Salad
3. A Roasted Vegie Dip
4. Soup
5. Or even a curry and heaps more

See more ideas and recipes here: 10 Ways to use Leftovers

Meal 3 – Chicken Soup:

Now with the carcass left you can make a really yummy chicken soup and it doesn’t matter if there is no chicken left on the bones. This is the recipe I use which I adjusted a little.

Firstly I make a Chicken Stock using the carcass:

How I make the stock is not really traditional but rather whatever I have in the cupboard is what I use. I don’t even measure the water I just fill the pot up. If you don’t want soup on the third night you can make the stock and freeze it or even but the carcass in the freezer for another time.

1 or 2 chick carcasses
2 large onion cut into quarters
4 carrots (less if I don’t have many)
1 Stalk Celery (again I miss this completely out if I don’t have any)
A couple of Bay Leaves
Parsley, Dill and Thyme which ever herbs you have just use it
A whole head of garlic cut in half
A good dash of salt, about a tablespoon (you can always add more later)
2 teaspoons of whole black pepper corns otherwise just use ground pepper

Throw everything into a large pot and fill it up with water, once the pot comes to a boil simmer for about 4 hours. If you have a slow cooker then you can do this before you go to bed and it will be ready in the morning.

Once cooked strain through a colander and put the stock into the fridge once it has cooled, discard the chicken carcass and vegetables. The next day or later that night if done in the morning, you can remove the fat from the top and freeze the stock or use it straight away. To be honest if I need it straight away I will use it without put it into the fridge.

To make the Chicken Soup:
1 Tablespoon olive oil
2 Celery Stalks finely chopped
1 Carrot peeled and finely chopped
1 Onion finely chopped
1 Garlic clove crushed
2 Fat Rashers of good bacon, rind removed
1 400g tin tomatoes
1 Tablespoon tomato paste
1 Pinch of sugar
1 Cup uncooked lentils – red, green or brown
Chicken stock, fill the pot up to cover everything
1 Large sprig of rosemary
Salt and pepper
A handful of chopped parsley

Chop the bacon and prepare the vegetables. Heat the oil in a large pot and add the chopped vegetables, garlic, rosemary and bacon pieces. Cook gently until bacon is cooked and vegetables begin to soften. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and pinch of sugar and then mix in stock. When the stock is simmering add the lentils and continue to cook for around 25 – 40 minutes, until the lentils are plump and tender and the vegetables are soft. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper. The cooking time will vary depending on the type of lentil you used. Red lentils cook quickest and make a thicker soup than brown or green lentils.

I often add in a few more vegetables like cabbage, peas and sometimes potatoes. Also if there is any chicken left from the carcass I will add that in to.

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