As we continue on in our budgeting, frugal living, minimalist series, we are going to take a close look at the one simple ingredient for budget meals. This is my secret weapon for weeks that I am trying to cut back on my grocery bill.
Let me introduce you to…the Costco chicken. For only $4.99 you can buy a 3 pound, perfectly roasted, always juicy chicken. Moreover, Costco claims that their chickens are made with minimal ingredients!
The trick is going into Costco and ONLY buying the chicken. That’s the hard part.
Now, let’s talk about how my family of 4 can stretch this chicken for at LEAST 3 meals. The options are absolutely endless, but here are a few of our favorites.
- Chicken salad
- Roasted Chicken quesadillas
- Basic chicken alfredo
- Chicken and a vegetable or baked potato
- Chicken noodle soup
- White Chicken Chili
- Chicken casserole
- Shredded Chicken nachos
- Chicken spaghetti
- Chicken burrito bowls
Most importantly, the best thing about using Costco chicken is that you can pick it and freeze it!! I usually fill 3 bags out of one picked chicken. It is the best feeling to know that on a busy night, I have cooked chicken already waiting for me in the freezer.
Every meal preparer/grocery buyer knows that the most expensive item on your list is your meat. Or if you are me, it is the 7 boxes of cereal my kids eat per week, but that is a story for another post. So, imagine this one simple ingredient for budget meals that costs $4.99 for 3 pounds and could feed your family for at least a couple of meals. It just can’t be beaten. Do you have a fun way to use a rotisserie chicken? Share with us in the comments.