I've been buying these frozen roaster chickens (at Aldi's). They are $0.79/lb . . . so a nice size chicken is still just under or just over $4.00. They do take overnight and half the next day to thaw. . . so allow enough time for that.
I've done this three times now . . . having company for dinner. Last evening we had four extras for dinner . . . so there were 6 of us eating and only one of them was a light eater. I took this nice chicken and washed it, put it in a shallow pan, seasoned it well, and popped it in a 350 degree oven. No basting, no buttering, no cover, no fussing. 2.5-3 hours later, we enjoyed a scrumptious dinner. I carved the bird and served it w/mashed potatoes, gravy, steamed carrots (also cheap), and cole slaw.
Well . . . I am always shocked at how far one chicken will go. After dinner, I boned the remaining meat and put it in a pie tin, added the leftover gravy and enough frozen mixed vegies to almost fill the pied tin. Today . . . I'll just cover it with some pie pastry (no need for a bottom crust . . . the top is always the best anyway and I feel less guilty eating pot-pie this way). So NO COOKING tonight!!!
So . . . last night's meal was a bit of work . . . but my guests (my kids and grands) actually helped a lot. It was a beautiful meal and the TOTAL meal was ander $7 . . . and I get the bonus free meal tonight!!
I thought this might even work for some of you who have too small a group for a turnkey dinner on Thanksgiving. This is the third time I've roasted a chicken in three weeks and everyone just raves about
it. (I'm addicted)
I think the cooler weather has me enjoying my oven WAY too much because I've been making a lot of bread and pies too. I've acquired a pie dough recipe that makes 6 single crusts and it can be stored a long time in the fridge or it can be frozen . . . So I can whip up a pie last minute too!! Wooo hoooo!!!
I hope each of you reading this will soon have enough energy to enjoy simple daily tasks like cooking. I sure don't take it for granted. I think of ALL of you every time I am able to normal stuff like this.
Sending each of you your choice of apple pie or pumpkin pie!!
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