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Yesterday, while picking up a little produce at Aldi – I saw this:
Now, I may be the reason God invented “spell check”, but I am an ace at math!
That meant $.85/# for boneless, skinless chicken breast – more than 80% off the normal price in this area!
Time for Chicken Freezer Meals!
I got 4 packs:
It came to $16.36 in sale pricing and was about 19.5 pounds of poultry.
(I DID use my fancy phone and share this on our facebook page, but 20 minutes later, they were out.)
Now – what to do with it all?
In my Meal Planning class – I talk about making meat a “compliment” to the meal instead of the main dish — having more veggies and whole grains to enjoy with it. For the 2.5 of us, we average half a pound of meat per meal so 20 pounds of chicken is about 40 meals!
Last night, using my crock pot, I made Teriyaki Chicken x 5 meals.
I took one whole pack and simply added 2 bottles of Teriyaki sauce and 2 cans of chunked pineapple then let it rip all night. It is now cooling and will be shredded a bit and bagged, with sauce and put into the freezer. All I have to do is add steamed Oriental Veggies and serve over brown rice.
I will save two 1 cup portions and bag them separately for Asian Pizza Mix (x 2). I will lightly spread peanut butter on the crust, add 1 cup of the meat, grated carrot, mozzarella and cilantro. I know – it sounds strange, but it’s kind of like Chicken Sate on a crust.
That leaves just enough for Chicken FriedRice Kits (x 2).
Again, about 1 cup, with 1 cup of mixed frozen veggies in a bag.
That turned one package into NINE meals!
Tonight, it’s Shredded BBQ chicken (x6) in the crock pot!
We like slider sized sandwiches with this stuff! I will shred it tomorrow morning and bag up –
so it will be heat ‘n eat sammies that we simply top with a little grated cheddar and pickle.
A large bottle of BBQ sauce and all but 2 of the chicken breasts go in.
I will also save some for BBQ Chicken Pizza Mix (x 2).
It’s a 1 cup portion, with diced red onion. I simply add it to the crust and top with cheddar cheese to bake off. I know, I could add more veggies to this – but it’s a stretch for Miss Sarah so I keep it simple, cut it into squares and serve with fruit salad.
That leaves JUST enough chicken off that pack to make Rosemary Chicken & Potatoes (x 2).
I LOVE the McCormick seasoning packs that do the work for you on this one!
All the seasonings are there, already measured out and the recipe, that I only alter a tiny bit.
Instead of chicken thighs, I used diced boneless, skinless.
Two big zippy bags here – add 2 TBSP olive oil and all the seasonings.
Then 1# or so diced read potatoes, 1 large chicken breast that is diced too.
Zip up and freeze – just thaw and bake at 425 for 20-30 minutes and serve with a salad.
That’s 10 more meals from this package!
Let’s use those McCormick packs again!
FYI – they run about $1.99 BUT have been easy to get FREE or almost free
over the last few months on double coupon day!
I think they cost me $.50 each this time with a $.75/1 doubled Q!