The Jesus Diet

The art of being frugal; Chicken
May 15, 2010, 7:31 pm
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Being a stay-at-home mom has a few drawbacks, one being the lack of a second income.  I wholly appreciate the lifestyle that this inspired; one of frugality and appreciation of everything non-monetary.  I have learned ways to make my money last; and have had quite a bit of fun doing so!  I am able to provide my family with clean, wholesome, healthy food, 3 meals a day, every day, on $200 dollars every two weeks.  That breaks down to $14.29 a day, $4.76 each meal at $1.19 a person.  Awesome huh?  So all of you who are doubting whether or not you can eat clean on a budget.. doubt no more!

One way I have found to make my money last is I occasionally will buy a whole chicken and stretch it out for several meals.  For example.  Last week I did the following:

Day 1:  Roasted Rosemary-Balsamic Chicken with veggies

Day 2:  Penne with shredded chicken

What was left after those two meals:  Bones, Skin, and the little bit of meat that I couldn’t get off the bones.  Straight into the trash?  Oh, no Sir!  Into the stock pot!  I have come to appreciate the art of making Stock.  The chicken broth/stock we buy from the store is FULL of sodium and unknown ingredients.  Why not make your own?   Here’s how I do it..

Chicken Stock

Leftover chicken bones/skin/etc


Veggies (carrots, green beans, onions, spinach, celery, etc)  I like to use the ends of carrots, celery, and onions that I don’t use in my regular cooking, then roughly chop enough veggies to get a good ratio.

In a very large stock-pot, toss in leftover chicken, fill to about 1/3-1/2 of the way full with chopped veggies (Nothing fancy, just whatever you have on hand), and fill to the top with water.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour or two.  After it has cooked, toss all of the chicken/bones in the trash, and the veggies in your compost bin.  Pour liquid into jars and put in the freezer.  Whenever you have a recipe that calls for chicken broth/stock, just use your home-made stock instead!  Ta-dah!