First: I bought almost twelve pounds of fresh chicken breasts today for $22. That's less than $2 a pound. Only catch is that my husband doesn't like chicken breast. He says he always gets gristle in his. I should rephrase that, he pretty much only likes ground meats. Ground beef, ground chicken, ground turkey. Call me mean but I've decided that since I do all the grocery shopping, all the budgeting, all the cooking, and since I've spent several years cooking only what he likes it's about time I start making stuff I like too every now and again. Happy New Year!
Second: tonight I made a brand new chicken dish. It's in the oven right now and smells awesome. I should not be this excited to eat baked chicken breast but I really really am! I tweaked a recipe to use what I had on hand so hopefully it turns out as good as it smells: three chicken breasts (I pounded them pretty flat), a can of cream of mushroom soup, 1/2 cup of sour cream (which I was excited about because I had just about that much in the fridge that I was about to throw away... just about to go bad), 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 tsp of garlic powder, salt and pepper. Baked for an hour at 350F.
Third: I cut all of the gristle I could find off of the three chicken breasts before I put them in the oven and I didn't want to throw raw chicken in the trash can. We don't produce a ton of trash and I knew it would start to smell way before I needed to empty the trash can. So I threw the yuck pieces in water and popped them on the stove. My "boil the chicken junk so it doesn't smell" idea instantly became "make soup" instead. I also don't make soup. My husband also doesn't like soup. I know, you're thinking, "who is this guy you married Rivulet?" I'd answer a guy who was raised on steak and potatoes and tv dinners. His mom does not cook.
I boiled the soup for almost an hour with some carrots, a rapidly aging onion that I might have thrown out if I hadn't decided to make soup with it, garlic powder, and a little salt. I took the chicken bits out after the hour and threw in some corn and peas. I just tasted my thrown together soup and it will make a fabulous lunch for me and little Abe sometime this week. I'll probably make some baking powder biscuits to go with it. They's so rustic, easy, quick, and little Abe has a lot of fun making them with me.
Yep, I'm way proud of my accomplishments for this second day of January.
Average daily spending for 2015: $26.27
But that'll drop down pretty fast. I did a good job shopping today.