The Deli Chicken – 4 people – $4 – 4 meals

My kids have always called me the “Queen of Leftovers”. I’ve gone through many lean years where we simply couldn’t afford to throw food away, so every leftover managed to find it’s way into a future meal. The trick was always to do it in such a way as to let the kids believe it was a “brand-new” meal, and not leftovers. We never did do much “fast food”. First of all, it is very expensive and secondly most of it is seriously lacking in nutrition.

One of the best “fast foods” that we have done is the deli chicken. You’ve seen them at most grocery stores.. a fully cooked, ready to go roasted chicken. The price is usually under $6 and can often be less. Check with your favorite grocery store and ask them to call you at the end of the day if they have unsold chickens. One of my friends gets them for as little as 99 cents, but usually they are just offered for around $4.00.

Here’s how you can stretch a chicken out to get 4 meals for a family of four, plus a tasty dinner for your dog. Continue reading »