Stretching Your Dollar, Eating Healthier and Staying Active #LMDConnector

I don’t usually make resolutions. I believe that they are made at a time of duress. We experience the good (and bad) stress of the holidays, routines are thrown off, food is eaten at a higher rate than normal, and then all of the sudden we are faced with a new year — a do over of sorts. And there we sit feeling bloated and tired and resolving to end the next year feeling fantastic.

At least that was the place I was coming from when I made my one resolution for 2012.

I haven’t participated in making resolutions in years, but this one is important. I am determined to make changes in my life and daily routines so that I can end this year as a healthier person. Some changes will be big, some small, but I am hoping that they will add up to me being a healthier person. I want to be an example for my kids, and I want to experience my daughters’ lives for a long time. I want to grow old with my husband, not have him needing to take care of me near the end of our lives together.

I am excited to be a Life Made Delicious connector this year, and I have some great post ideas in mind to help me (and you) eat healthier and stretch your dollar further.

This post is about how to make one meat purchase of just over $12 last over seven meals for three people. There are other ingredients involved, but it was not expensive at all and I had a lot of the ingredients already on hand as we always have extra fresh and frozen vegetables, seasonings, and noodles lying around.

I purchased a full roasting chicken for $12.50 and this is how the meals broke down:

  • Roast Chicken Dinner – I just cooked the chicken according to the instructions on the package. I also made mashed yams and Green Giant frozen vegetables. (2 adults, 1 child ate – 1 meal worth)
  • Chicken Fettuccine – The new Betty Crocker cookbook has a great fettuccine recipe on page 385 that I added some of the roasted chicken to and it was really good. We had cut cucumbers as a side to get our vegetables in. (2 adults, 1 child ate – 2 meals worth)
  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup – I used the bones from the roast chicken and boiled them and added some additional chicken soup broth to make a chicken soup. I took out the bones, then added carrots, celery, onions, Green Giant frozen peas, dill, paprika, sea salt, chicken from the roast chicken dinner and extra noodles. (2 adults, 1 child ate – 4 meals worth)
  • Chicken Sandwiches – There was enough chicken left over to make 2 chicken sandwiches.

The start of something good...

So, in total, our family of two (plus one child) used the chicken for a total of seven meals and one lunch. There is still a little bit of soup left for the person who can get to it first at lunch time.

If you don’t have a soup recipe of your own to work with, you can always search through the Life Made Delicious website for some healthy recipes that are pretty easy to make.

I love meals like this for a few reasons.

  1. You can make your money stretch farther by focusing on using one large meat item for multiple meals.
  2. The meals can be made how you want them. Cooking and eating at home instead of ordering out helps you to see exactly what goes in to your food. I can cut back on salt, add more veggies, etc.
  3. Even though you are using the same type of meat, the meals don’t become boring if you switch it between a meat, pasta and soup dish. It still feels like there is a lot of variety between each meal.

Eating healthy is important for overall health, but in order to really benefit, some form of exercise needs to be included.

This February you can join me in taking the Fibre 1 Chill Challenge. On February 29, at participating Running Rooms across the country, you can get out in the brisk outdoors for a short run or walk to promote staying active in the winter months. You can sign up on the Running Room website and registration is free. The first 10,000 to register will also get a free cap (you must show up to walk/run to claim it).

I’ve registered and I will be bundling my two girls up and taking them out with me to conquer the cold tundra walk for 20 minutes. I hope you will join me by signing up at a location near you.

Disclosure: I am part of the Life Made Delicious Blogger program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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4 comments… add one
  • Julia Jan 16, 2012, 7:51 am

    Love roasting chickens. We make pizza with leftover chickens, Quesidillas and soups and pasta dishes too. I’ll be doing the Fibre one challenge too!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Jan 18, 2012, 12:47 am

      Pizza is a good one. We make home-made pizza all the time. Looking forward to seeing your pics from Fibre 1.

  • itsmewhoelse Jan 12, 2012, 4:34 pm

    I will also sometimes make a chicken pot pie with left chicken too. Super easy if you use a premade pie crust! Just add frozen mixed veggies, onions, potatoes, seasonings and what ever else you may like.

    • Sheri Landry Sheri Jan 14, 2012, 4:40 pm

      Fantastic idea. I’m going to try this next time.

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