Weekly menu planning ideas: One of the things I do is buy a large piece of meat and spread it over 3-4 meals. This works great for whole chickens, large roasts and bone in ham. Here is what I do with each one:
- Cook a large turkey breast or a whole chicken in the slow cooker for 4 to 6 hours (your slow cooker must be large enough of course). Keep the seasoning basic by using salt, pepper and garlic. With my chicken I am usually able to make the following meals after de-boning the meat.
- Serve sliced turkey or chicken for dinner that evening with veggies and rice or a salad.
- Make a turkey or chicken stir-fry with chopped veggies of your choice and coconut milk over cooked brown rice. Season with ginger, garlic and crushed red pepper, sprinkle with sesame seeds.
- Make tacos with shredded or chopped meat. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, avocados and salsa.
- Turkey or chicken salad sandwiches made with mayo and lettuce. Side of tortilla chips
- Chicken soup.
- Cook a beef chuck in the oven on low heat (around 250 degrees) until done. You should have enough meat for 3-4 of the following meals:
- Pot roast with side of your choice. I usually do baked sweet potatos and peas.
- Baked enchiladas in tortillas with homemade enchilada sauce, refried beans and brown rice.
- Beef salad with salad toppings. Serve with olive oil and apple cider vinegar.
- Beef sandwiches served with horseradish or mustard. Side of coleslaw.
- Chili with cornbread
- Purchase a ham bone-in. Roast in oven according to directions.
- Serve sliced ham with mashed potatoes.
- Ham sandwiches with sliced tomatoes, mustard and mayo.
- Split pea soup made with meaty ham bone for lots of flavor.
- Omelet with ham, green pepper, onions. Side of potatoes cooked on your griddle.
To prevent meat boredom I often freeze part of the meat and plan on using the meat the following week for when I am doing soup, enchiladas or tacos. That way we can eat two nights of chicken than change it up with two nights of pot roast and then a vegetarian meal or two. I found most of these ideas reading the book "Eating Well on a Budget", which I checked out from the library.
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