I came here to talk about something else and the prior posts reminded me that I have some solar panels around here. Somewhere. The husband stashed them "somewhere", where I can't remember, and of course I can't ask him anymore...
Make note: keep better track of resources in order to maximize them.
Anyhow, this week I discovered the rotisserie chicken.
My place of employment, being half grocery store, sells these things, probably at cost or a small loss. $4.99 for a whole chicken. Part of the appeal, aside from taking home a pre-cooked item ready to eat, is the potential to stretch the chicken and thereby get several meals for what turns out to be a low cost per meal.
1st meal: chicken drumsticks with sauteed green beans (green beans, mushrooms, crushed walnuts cooked in half butter/half soybean oil with a touch of garlic and pepper) and a couple slices of bread.
2nd meal: 2 chicken thighs with the leftover green beans and a couple slices of bread.
3rd meal: 1 chicken breast, salad (romaine lettuce, black olives, carrots, feta cheese and greek dressing)
4th meal: chicken salad (celery, green onion, mayo, and of course chicken) and watermelon slices.
5th meal (planned): leftover chicken salad
Future planning from here:
2 chicken wings (might be more of a snack) with veg and bread.
Chicken skin and trimmings in noodle soup with greens, mushrooms, and green onions.
Bones and other leftover bits: soup stock. Combined with other bones and bits in the freezer that should come out to about 2 liters of stock, from which I can probably get several more meals.
Bottom line, lots of mileage out of just 1 chicken. Although I am getting a bit tired of chicken at this point. That's partly because I'm eating mostly just chicken instead of, say, freezing half of it for later (bones and bits will be frozen until I'm ready to make stock).
Really, it almost makes more sense to buy the pre-cooked whole chicken than to buy parts.