Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Great Chicken Experiment: Review

This is the end of my adventures of taking two chickens and making them feed two adults for 7 days. I originally aimed for having one chicken feed one adult for 6 days, but I made it stretch more. If you count that I have two freezer meals in my deep freezer, then I guess I could say I used the chicken for eight meals.

Let's recap. I took two chickens, like the one above and cut it up into pieces. Each meal was made with pieces from the original birds.

Here are the meals for each day in picture form.

Here are some numbers for you math-types. I bought two full chickens for $11.74. I made that chicken stretch for 7 meals. That works out to $1.68 per meal OR $0.84 for each person. That's pretty good for my budget.

$1.68 per meal for 2 adults or $0.84 for each person

So, what do you think?
Possum wants to know...

The Great Chicken Experiment Day 7

 Day 7-we made it! I made chicken enchiladas.

 Here are my ingredients:
flour tortillas (I used 6, but it depends on how thick you want them)
1 cup sour cream
1 cup shredded cheese (I used cheddar)
1/2 cup shredded cheese for topping
2 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken
1 can cream of chicken condensed soup
1 can Red or Green Enchilada sauce
optional: canned or homemade beans and rice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 Start by putting sour cream, 1 cup cheese, cream of chicken soup, and chicken in a bowl.
 Mix all those ingredients together to make a cream filling.
 Lay tortillas flat and put filling down the center.
I purposely didn't specify how much because that
depends on how thick you want your enchiladas.
 The next two steps are optional.
I topped my cream mixture with homemade pinto beans.
 After the beans, I put homemade spanish rice on top. 
 I rolled the enchilada like a burrito and placed in a greased pan.
I used a 8 x 8 pan, but a 9 x 13 would work too.
 I managed to make 4 huge enchiladas.
 Cover the enchiladas with enchilada sauce. I used red sauce.
 Sprinkle your extra cheese on top.
 Cover your pan with foil.
 Bake in 350 degree F for 35 minutes.
If you like a little crunch on top, remove the foil for the last 10 minutes.
Here is dinner for day 7.

Keep in mind that the recipe did NOT make only 4 enchiladas. Mine made 6. I put the other two in individual freezer containers and intend to use them as an easy meal for another night.

Not bad for one nights work.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Great Chicken Experiment Day 6

 I admit I got lazy today and didn't stick to my original plan. We went out to lunch and got burritos. Having enchiladas for dinner was a bit over the top. So, I made grilled chicken salad instead. Sorry, I didn't take step by step pictures because I just tossed everything in a bowl.

So, here is the chicken salad and a side dish of oven
roasted broccoli and carrots with a bowl of sliced mangos.

I still have a large bowl of left over grilled chicken.
I will make something for dinner tomorrow with that.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Happy New Year

I am wishing everyone a Happy New Year! I have decided to try my hand at sticking to my New Year's resolutions and you get to help me stay on track. I figure if I tell you my resolutions, you can help me be more accountable. So, here is 2014's goals:

1. Grow a garden
2. Get organized and de-clutter my crowded house.
3. Blog at least once a week.
4. Drink at least one glass of water every day
    (this is in place of my usual diet/get healthy resolution)
5. Go on an adventure

I have to admit, sometimes I make resolutions and I get more than I expected. For example, a few years ago, I made a resolution to start dating. I was married and pregnant by the end of the year. Talk about overachieving. I'm a little more careful in making resolutions now.

What are your New Year's resolutions?