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.