Cheap, Healthy, Good is one of my favorite recipe blogs. Today, I noticed a challenge post of theirs from last year that breaks down the details of an inscrutable magic trick I never managed to successfully learn from my elders: Getting a couple weeks worth of food out of one roasted chicken. The rules:
- The budget - for EVERYTHING - was $25.
- I had to use as much food already in my pantry as possible.
- Each meal had to feed at least two people.
- Bonus points for leftovers.
- The chicken had to be used up within a few days, so it wouldn't go bad.
- The meals had to have reasonable variety, preferably from a range of cuisines. It couldn't be Chicken with Spaghetti on Day 1, then Chicken with Penne on Day 2.
- The meals had to have very little added fat, since the leftover chicken would provide most of it.
The results look so fabulous that I think I'm going to give this a shot next week. How about you? How far have you stretched a chicken?
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.