We are trying to eat a lot more meat free dinners in our house.
One way to eat less meat, is to buy less and make it stretch longer in the food we prepare.
In my shopping I get a free range chicken, and have learned how to use it to full capacity.
Much better value on the purse, and ethically, we get the most out of one chicken, instead of having to drop standards and buy less quality fillets to bulk up dinners!
So with one free range chicken here’s what we typically can get out of our meals.
We start with a roast chicken dinner. We generally use the legs and one breast of chicken to accompany roast potato and veg.
The next day, I generally tear the rest of the meat from the bones and put it in the fridge.
Then I place the carcass in a saucepan, with an onion, mixed herbs, and water, boil and simmer for 20 mins, to make a fresh chicken stock.
You can freeze this if you wish to use later. I have a very small freezer so I usually go ahead and add sea salt, and mixed veg, maybe a tin of tomatoes and we have soup for lunch!
The refridgerated chicken, I use then, to mix into a stir fry veg dish with noodles, or add to my kids korma recipe. Other ideas …. chicken wraps sandwiches for lunch, or fajitas!
So summary …. 2 dinners and 1 lunch from a 6 euro free range chicken …
A family of 5 …. That’s a cost of 1.20 euro per person for three meals …. Not bad!!!
Consider this when doing up a menu plan for the week …..how can I get the most out of a fresh free range chicken.
…. A bit of planning ensures that instead of wasting left overs after your roast chicken, and buying extra fillets for more dinners, we can avoid bulking up on extra meat unessessarily.
It’s easy to get into the habit of using your chicken wisely, helping your health, your budget and respecting the source of the nutrition, the chicken, reared to feed you!
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