Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cooking economically

It isn't that difficult to make a little go a long way
I love to test myself when cooking to see how much
I can make with little

I roasted a chicken the other day 
and we had a meal for 2 with the legs and wings
We then had a sandwich for lunch the next day
with some chicken breast and salad

Today,I took all the left over meat off the bones and chopped it
Placed it into a bowl with 2 diced carrots,1 chopped onion
1 small cooked (in the skin then peeled) sweet potato,
corn stripped off 1 cooked cob and mixed together

I made a short pastry with 2 cups plain flour,125grms margarine pinch salt,1 egg
and a little iced water (I doubled this recipe to make what you see in the photo's)

I made all these pasties with the ingredients and egg washed them
With the little amount of filling (about 3/4 cup) 
 I had left over after making the pasties,I mixed in 
the left over egg wash and 2 more beaten eggs with a dollop of yogurt

Poured it into a small fry pan and made an omelette for lunch

This  was enough for 2 of us on buttered roll

Pasties hot out of the oven. I made large ones to have with salad as a meal
and small ones to put in the freezer for buffet lunches when the family come over 

With all the bones,skin and bits off the chicken left
I simmered with 2 bay leaves,1 onion with the skin on quartered
and salt and pepper and just covered with water
I strained it after about 1 hour,discarded the bones etc
Placed the stock into the fridge.
When the fat sets on the top, I take this off and keep the rest
to start my next pot of soup.

I feel good about my efforts today
What are you making  with little today. I love to get others ideas 

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Have a nice day 
xx jeanetteann


Kays Kids said...

Jeanette, you are a girl that takes after my heart. Good for you making things stretch. I do the same thing. Last night there was a tiny bit of chicken left. I cubed up potatoe, carrot, zucchini, onion, and capsicum, Just what I had in my fridge. Sprayed the bottom of a fry pan. Cooked the veggies and then added the diced bit of chicken. I served it on a cupped lettuce leaf.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Yes, it is! It's difficult to make the food dollar stretch - this looks like a delicious idea! I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,

Merlesworld said...

That chicken did go a long way.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Jeanette, Such great ideas! I can't believe how much food costs have increased. Thanks for the tips, keep them coming.
p.s. I went back and tried to enlarge them thumbnails, sorry about that :(

Maria said...

What a lovely lot of meals you made from that one chicken! I tend to stretch our food dollars by using the ideas of my late mother and mother in law, plus some I've come up with. This holiday we're on at the moment is a real eye is just so expensive here in the UK. We will self cater for a while in Manchester but the rest of the time it's eating out :-(

Jann Olson said...

Wow, you really did make that chicken stretch girl! Everything looks delicious. Sometimes I will buy a rotisserie chicken and we usually get three meals out of it. First we eat it, then I make a soup, then I make a pasta or chicken tacos or fajitas. Pretty economical when you can get them for 2 for $10.

Shabby chic Sandy said...

That looks just delicious. With a family full of teenagers I need all the good ideas I can get!

Crystelle Boutique said...

Wow! three meals out of one chicken!!! You are so resourceful.....
“hugs” Crystelle
Crystelle Boutique

Bernideen said...

I hope we can retire soon and I talk about these kinds of meals all the time! Looks delicious!

Shannon said...

Great ideas for stretching ingredients. These look good. I'm going to try. Visiting over from a comment you left on my blog!

Shannon ~