6 Meals, 1 Roasted Chicken From The Grocery Store #GLADFreshFoodChallenge
When I can get a few meals out of one ingredient, that’s a huge win. It’s one of the many reasons I buy grocery store roasted chickens (you know, the ones pre-cooked in the deli) and I squeeze as many meals as I can get out of $7.99.
Food waste is a pet peeve of mine and with the cost of groceries rising, I do my best to ensure that there is never waste in our household.
I like to weigh my food, it’s how I can ensure I’m getting what I need to keep fuelled for the day. I really like chicken in my salads and stir frys, so I knew that is what the chicken breast would be used for. I shredded up the breast and weight out two-four ounce portions. I then bagged it in GLAD®’s Snack Bags and stuck them in the fridge.
The Snack Bags are a perfect size for 4ounces of meat, it was clearly meant to be. Now when I’m in a rush for lunch, I can add the chicken to lettuce and top with my Dijon Vinaigrette and voila – lunch in less then one minute. Another idea is to take a bag of frozen vegetables, toss them in a skillet and sauté until crispy. Add the chicken, some garlic, ginger, chicken broth and a dash of soy sauce and you have a quick and easy stir fry for dinner. Two meals down.
I don’t like to waste anything when it comes to grocery store roasted chicken, including the bones and skin. Don’t be grossed out, it’s actually incredibly beneficial to your health. I get into details on boiling bones to make a solid chicken or turkey broth on my post Healing Turkey Vegetable Soup. Truth me told, making this soup was the original reason I bought the roasted chicken from the grocery store in the first place.
Here’s another tip: if an ingredient you need is on sale buy twice as much and freeze the remainder. I always forget to buy celery when it comes to turkey soups, so when I noticed it on sale last week I grabbed a few stalks and chopped it all up all at once. The leftovers were wrapped in GLAD® Sandwich Bags, and then I stuck it in a Snack Bag and tossed it in the freezer. So now when I forget celery for turkey soup after Christmas dinner, I’m covered.
As much as I love a good bowl of homemade chicken soup, my toddler tends to change his mind on whether or not he likes it that day. I used GLAD® Press’n Seal to seal his soup and put it in the fridge for the next day’s lunch. This was the first time I have tried this product and I’ll be running to the grocery store to buy more. This is (by far) my favourite GLAD® product. See the photo of the bowl it’s tipped on it’s side, and soup is completely sealed inside. This is a must for every household, not only does it ensure freshness but it also prevents messes.
What good is soup without a homemade bun? I wrapped GLAD® ClingWrap to save my homemade buns and two days later, they’re still fresh! I’m surprised because they’re usually stale by now. ClingWrap is what I usually buy because it works and sticks to plates well. There is no fumbling and no frustration.
So in case you were curious here are the meals I have made from one grocery store roasted chicken:
Chicken stir fry: 1
Chicken salad: 1
Chicken sandwich (on a bun): 1
Chicken Soup: 3 (enough for two bowls at dinner for 2 people, two bowls at lunch for 3 and one bowl for a third meal).
That’s a total of 6 meals.
Food Waste? Not in this house.