Cooking a whole chicken

My family was asking for a change from the usual beans and rice combos I’ve come up with this week.  So, I decided to cook a whole chicken and come up with as many dishes as possible!  So, here’s my chicken cooking in the slowcooker.  By the way, this was/is soooo easy!  Stick the bird in, add a cup of water and set the crock pot on for 8-10 hours!  Done!  Season as you wish.

Here’s what I’m hoping to make over the next few days:

Chicken Stir Fry

Chicken with Cornbread and Mix Veggies (the frozen ones nuked up in the microwave)

Chicken Casserole (recipe coming soon if the experiment works out well)

And if there are any left overs, chicken sandwiches!

Any other cheap chicken ideas?

Menu Planning–2009Nov09

These next few weeks are going to be super, super tight financially for us; so it is incredibly important that I save as much $$ for our family by not going over the food budget! There’s not much I can do to generate income, but I can help the money stretch further by being diligent in how the money does (or doesn’t) get spent! I’m normally pretty miserly about the money anyhow, but I am going to have to put on the Scrooge hat with the coin purse for a couple months!

My goal is to not spend a penny over $50.00 a week in food for our family of 5 for the next 10 weeks. This is my plan for this week:

Breakfasts: Oatmeal, Cereal-WIC, Homemade bagels, Homemade pancakes

Lunches: Sandwiches, Fishsticks, Leftovers

Dinners: Beans and Rice (2), Leftover Lasagna from Bible Study (1), Quiche (1), Pizza (1), Spaghetti (1), Tuna Casserole (1)

Sides: Canned Peaches, Canned Pears, Canned Carrots, Bananas, Yams, Frozen Broccoli, Frozen Corn, Frozen Peas, Canned Green beans

Snacks: Rasins, Popcorn, Graham crackers, Apples, Yogurt

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