Weekly Meal Plan {5/25-31} + Frugal Chicken Tips

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Weekly Meal Plan

We are gearing up for a spectacular week! This weekend we celebrated Daniel’s niece’s high school graduation and on Sunday traveled to my hometown for a friend’s wedding.

This will be our last week of “summer break” as we plan to start back to school on June 2. My girls are eager to get back to work, so we will probably do a little math, reading, and handwriting this week to ease back into our routine.

Later this week, I hope to post our curriculum plans this week as well as a look at our garden and canning/preserving plans I’ve started making 🙂

Here’s a look at our meal plan for this week:

Sunday

Out of town {wedding}

Monday

Grill out with family in Chattanooga

Tuesday

Crispy Fish Tacos, Spanish Rice, Simply Delicious Homemade Salsa, & Easy Guacamole

Wednesday

White Beans & Sauteed Kale with Skillet Cornbread

Thursday

Herb-Roasted Chicken with carrots, Mashed Potatoes, & green peas

Friday

Pizza Night! Pizza Supreme

Saturday

Grilling out to ring in our “new” homeschooling year! Hamburgers w/ Alton Brown’s Baked Beans in an Iron SkilletHomemade Onion Rings w/ Outback Dipping Sauce, & corn-on-the-cob and Homemade Custard Ice Cream

That’s what we’ll be eating this week. What about you?

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My frugal meal planning tip of the week pertains to meat once again because it’s so expensive!

While chicken breasts are my favorite, they’re also often 2-3x the price of a whole chicken. Instead of paying top dollar for chicken breasts, my advice is to get a whole lot more bang for your buck by buying a whole chicken.

If you’ve never fixed a whole chicken, don’t despair; it’s very simple.

 

How to prepare a whole chicken:

First, remove any giblets.

Then, wash the chicken inside and out and pat dry.

Rub the cavity with your choice of spices, lemon, garlic, etc. I like to stuff mine with garlic cloves and thyme.

Drizzle outside with oil and pat on spices of your choice. We like olive oil and salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder,& paprika.

There are several different ways to cook a whole chicken, too.

You can cook a whole chicken . . .

The following links will help you get started cooking your whole chicken.

1. In the crock pot.

2. By roasting it in the oven (see recipe above).

3. By poaching it in a large pot on the stove.

4. On the grill.

5. Or by cutting it up first and cooking it.

This excellent post from Better Homes & Garden explains in detail how to prepare, season, truss, bake, carve and cut up a whole chicken.

Plus, with a whole chicken, there are all those wonderful bones that you can make your own chicken stock with. Here’s an easy recipe.

While preparing a whole chicken is a little more labor intensive, you will save money and have a lot more meat.

Do you buy whole chickens? How do you like to prepare them best?

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  1. Hi Keri! Love your menu plan:) Thanks for sharing tips about chicken. I have enjoyed peeking around your site this morning. Following you now. found at titus2tuesday linky. Have a wonderful week.:)
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  2. My daughter is getting married in December and offered to take over the meals for the summer. I reluctantly agreed. HA! I was thrilled. She wants practice grocery shopping and planning thrifty meals. I’ll pass your site on to her. The chicken looks amazing.
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