Tuesday, August 12, 2008

EATING RIGHT WHEN THE BUDGET IS TIGHT PART 2

Last week we talked about cooking at home more often to save money on your grocery bill, you can see part one EATING RIGHT WHEN THE BUDGET IS TIGHT PART1.

Today we are going to talk about a budget -friendly way to buy lunch meat for back to school lunches. To save money on chicken or turkey lunchmeat, I have found it cheaper to roast a whole turkey or chicken when they are sale. After it is cooked you simply slice it up and put it in individual baggies in the freezer.

This also works great for some mid- week dinner ideas such as casseroles. This is a whole lot cheaper than buying lunch meat at the deli and alot less sodium. By roasting a whole turkey or chicken you can buy lunch meat less often, as this should last you the whole month.

It's fun to see what you can come up with as the possibilites are endless, such as using marinades or BBQ sauces. Let me know if you have a tip on roasting a turkey or chicken, you can share your idea in the comments.

Stay tuned for EATING RIGHT WHEN THE BUDGET IS TIGHT PART 3.

1 comment:

newlyweds said...

Great idea! I love to cook a whole chicken in the crock pot, and then I can make several different meals from the one chicken. One of my fav's is Chicken Spaghetti. Very easy and inexpensive.

Chicken Spaghetti


3 C cooked chicken (I use a whole rotisserie chicken, deboned, usually 3-4 C of meat)
1 (12oz) pkg thin Spaghetti
3 Tbsp butter or margarine
1/2 C chopped celery
1/2 C chopped onion
1 (28oz) Cream of Chicken soup
1 c milk
1 1/2 C of Velveeta
salt and pepper to taste

Boil chicken until cooked. SAVE WATER FOR SPAGHETTI!!! Chop the cooked chicken into bite size pieces. If using rotisserie chicken, debone and measure. Boil noodles according to the directions on package.

In another pan, melt butter and saute' celery and onion, usually 3-4 minutes. Add chicken, soup, milk, velvetta, pepper; mix until well blended.

Drain spaghetti and add to chicken mixture. Bake in a LARGE greased baking pan for 20 minutes at 350* or until bubbly

Jenna
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