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The last few weeks I’ve purchased a rotisserie chicken from Costco (3lbs for $4.99!) and have stretched that between 2-3 meals. As soon as I get it home, I dive in and strip the bones of all the meat. I’m sure it’s cheaper to prepare my own chicken but for $4.99 it’s worth the ease and time I’m saving. I’m still well within my $75 grocery budget each week, so it’s a very welcome convenience. The past few weeks I’ve made chicken tortilla soup, chicken chili, asian chicken wraps, chinese chicken salad, chicken tacos, plain ole’ chicken/rice/veggies, and several other meals. I think this is something we’re going to continue to adapt into our weekly meal plan. Using the chicken as a “condiment” in the meals really stretches the budget. Also making soups has allowed me to hide several new vegetables in our meals.
Tracking my weight loss progress:
So far I’m down 8.2lbs and my waist measurement went down 2.5 inches! Small changes, 30 minutes of daily excersise, and counting calories (I’m at 1400/day) is working very well for me. It’s a slow process but I’m making permanent changes and breaking bad habits and I figure I’m about 1/3 of the way to my goal.
Here is our meal plan for the week of 4/15:
BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cauliflower Pizza Crust (Pictured above) I’m looking forward to using this new recipe. This will require a small amount of diced chicken breast from the rotisserie chicken and will be the first of 3 meals.
Chicken Noodle Soup – after I’ve boiled down the bones, etc I’ll use the stock for this soup as well as a good portion of the chicken meat.
Baked Chicken Chimichangas – This recipe will use the last of the chicken meat and since it’s a filler along with the cheese and beans we won’t need a lot of meat. (White and dark meat, doesn’t matter in this recipe!)
Salmon, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and whatever veggie the Fred Meyer has on sale this weekend.
Turkey Burgers, Alexia Sweet Potato Fries, and Salad
Breakfast for dinner, something to do with eggs since we seem to still have an over-abundance of them.
Eating Out or Leftovers, something simple!