Foodie Friday: Affordable Meals

Many Americans are still trying to find ways to feed a family of four on a limited budget.

I discovered ways in which we all can have our food budget stretch a bit.

Whenever there are meats on sale, my meat of choice is chicken and the cut are theighs and legs, buy three family packets of that meat.

1. One family pack or fryer pack of chicken has 10 pieces or portions of meat in them, so for a family of four that is 4 meals. If you cut the chicken theigh in half everyone can get a second helping wink, wink.

2. So, for my family pack of chicken theighs, I prepared it 4 different ways:
1. Baked Oven Fried Chicken with Italian Breadcrumbs and parmsean mixed into the breadcrumbs.
2. Baked BBQ Chicken
3. Curry Coconut Chicken
4. Herb Roasted Chicken with Rosemary, Thyme and Chives

3. You are thinking great what about sides?
One 5 lbs. bag of potatos will go far..
For the Oven Fried Chicken-- cut the potato into wedges  with olive oil, and salt bake till done, those are your fries.
BBQ Chicken--plain mashed potatos with plain greek yougurt and black pepper and garlic.
Herb Roasted Chicken- Slice Potatos bake with slim milk grated cheddar and black pepper for a nice gratin.

What about the curry chicken?
Rice... plain white rice with the curry sauce over it.

If you serve the herb chicken on Sunday and it wasn't a hit then, use it for Chicken and Rice, saute an onion, garlic, smoked paprika, mix in the leftover chicken serve hot, another meal they will love!

Instead of Curry Chicken you can make Chicken Caccitore with browned chicken in olive oil, onions, garlic, take half a jar of tomato sauce and bake it till chicken is falling off the bone serve with rice or pasta.

For vegetables, salads are quick and easy and all of the kids eat salad no dressing.

Cheers to how anyone can create savory healthy dinners that are budget friendly!

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