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Cooking a Simple, Delicious Meal with Limited Expenses

Cooking a Simple, Delicious Meal with Limited Expenses

There is hardly a bigger waste on this planet, especially in the first world countries, than the waste of food. A lot of food is thrown away every day, because people do not care about watching out for their expenses, and this is, believe it or not, a cause of poverty. Spending way too much money on unhealthy food cuts both ways: you end up spending money on food that you are basically throwing away and you also end up spending money on expensive medicine and health care, because you get sick for not eating healthy. In this post, I want to share with you a few secrets on how to cook a filling, delicious meal while using very little money.


The great uses of chicken


I will put together an entire meal using only the needed ingredients and I will show you how to save a lot of money. After I pondered a little, I decided to go for chicken, because its meat is nutritious, it packs plenty of protein, while being leaner than the rest, so it is healthier, too. My advice is to buy a whole chicken, skin on and bones in and everything. It is cheaper, and I will show you right away, much more cost efficient than any other kind of chicken meat sold in stores.


First thing first, wash the chicken thoroughly in cold water. Any excess of blood and impurities will go away and you will have a nice chicken to cook. Then proceed to cut it into parts, and after that, I will teach you how to make three different recipes that will feed an entire family of four.


Place the parts of the chicken in three different bowls: the thighs and the drumsticks go in one bowl, the breast in one bowl, and the last is reserved for the back and the wings. Depending on what kind of chicken you get, you may also need to place the giblets (neck, liver, heart and gizzard) in a fourth bowl.


Now here is what I do. I take the back and the wings, and I make four portions from them. Basically, I split the back in two. The back is the one that has the most fat, which is why it is great for cooking a nice broth. You will need some vegetables for the broth, too, such as potatoes, carrots, celery and anything else that you usually like in a soup. From these, you can make a hearty first course, a soup from which you can remove the veggies and the chicken and serve it clear, or you can leave everything in, so that everyone can enjoy the great taste of chicken. The breast is very lean meat, so you can use it for grilling with a few spices and herbs. Those in the family who prefer a lean meal, could go for this dish. Just split it in four, so that everyone gets a cut. The drumsticks and thighs can be fried or baked, depending on your preferences. They are best served on the side with rice or potato puree, again, depending on your preferences.


So, as you can see, we just managed to cook an entire meal for four people with around 10 dollars worth of chicken, veggies and spices. You can hardly find anything better than that!


Why You Should Help People Who Are Less Fortunate

Why You Should Help People Who Are Less Fortunate

I am making a guiding beacon of my life to help others who are less fortunate than me. I truly believe that everyone should do the same, although I know the motivation may differ from one person to another. Here are some strong reasons in favor of helping people who are in need that may find an echo in your own set of beliefs.


By helping others, you set a positive example

Even without you even knowing it, there are others who look up to you, whether they are family, friends, simple acquaintances, colleagues at work or your kids. This is not something someone chooses. Whether we like it or not, we are an example for the others around us. If you want to set a positive example, the simplest way to achieve this would be to help those who are less fortunate.


You will feel happier and more fulfilled

justice10So many people nowadays, people with wonderful careers, beautiful families, and plenty of money to satisfy their wildest dreams, end up on the shrink’s couch complaining that they feel unhappy and unfulfilled. What is the root of their unhappiness? I am no shrink, but I can tell you this: when you give someone anything they need, whether it is a blanket, or a hot meal, something will happen inside you. You will be overcome with a feeling of intense happiness and fulfillment that all the money in the world cannot give you. So, I am not telling you to become a giving person because it is the Christian thing to do, but because it will make you feel complete.


You will motivate others to give, too

One thing I often heard from people who never donate to charity is that, even if they give a little, that cannot solve an important problem, because others will not give, as well. I beg to differ. When you give something, as little and unimportant as it may seem, others will see your gesture and they will consider starting to give as well. So, you can think of a personal act of giving as having a rippling effect that will soon transform into a tsunami of kindness that can truly change the shape of the world we live in today.


You are making a difference

Too many people today suffer from boredom and frustration and they think the world will never change. But it is in your power to do something! This is what I always tell people I happen to engage in conversation over this subject. Giving something to a less fortunate person helps you make a difference, an important one, in the world you think impossible to change. Giving to charity, helping people find their way in life, or simply offering a piece of bread, are all important acts that create a new world for everyone living in it.

And don’t forget that giving away will remind you of how fortunate you are for having shelter, food and your family’s love!


I’m volunteering!

I’m volunteering!

I am more decided than ever to pursue my goal to eradicate injustice. Well, maybe eradicate is a big word, but to do my best to help those who have been suffered from unjust treatment and life conditions. The past days, I’ve stumbled upon an opportunity to volunteer and I took it, as it is a great chance to help those less fortunate than me. It’s not the opportunity of a lifetime, it is a local project, but it doesn’t matter where you are, there are always cases of injustice and mischance that can be, if not fixed, at least improved a little.


Anyway, my volunteering task is simple: I need to feed meals to those who can’t afford to buy food on their own, at a charity center. It is not much, I work every two weeks for a couple of hours, but as I believe that every little gesture can make a difference, I am glad to have been given the chance to bring a bit of joy into the world. I’ve participated in many similar projects, but the difference hers is that this one will last longer than the previous projects and I hope that in time I will be able to get involved even more.

I appreciate this kind of initiatives from any group of people, but, sometimes even the most admirable of initiatives can have flaws. If you ever get involved in a charitable project, especially one that aims at providing basic necessities such as food, clothing and hygiene products, you must pay attention to details. I’m saying this because a great number of these centers are receiving packages from people or supermarkets and restaurants. These ingredients may be sometimes of low-quality or, in very rare occasions, even expired. As such, your job is not only to cook a good meal, but also to cook a healthy one.


For this reason I am currently working on a meal plan for the next months. I am trying through this schedule to meals rich in nutrients that will make sure the people coming there will benefit from a minimum of vitamins, minerals and others for that day.

Another aspect on which I’m working is convincing the charity center to use quality plates, cutlery and glasses and have at least one meal in which they introduce a delicacy or food that these people may not have had the opportunity to taste in years. I think it is important for them to feel that they are being treated with respect and as equals. In addition, I was shocked to see that not only homeless people come to the center, but also some that aren’t able to provide for their families (though they seemed, judging by their aspect to leave in a house, not on the street). Anyway, that’s not for me to judge, but I saw families with children coming there and maybe we could do more for them than providing them with food. We could also make them feel comfortable, by using only quality food ingredients that will make their food taste good. As I’m a chef and I quite skilled one, I’ll make sure they have the best experience at the center.