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Money Saving Meals
November 20, 2015
Money Saving Meals with Chicken
Having Twins Today, Issue #012 -- November 201
1) This month’s top tip: Money Saving Meals using Chicken
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Money Saving Meals - 3 or 4 in 1Series 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
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.
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:
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
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:
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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