One of the most inexpensive and time saving ideas is what I like to call, Meal Extensions. I have been extending meals throughout the years because for most of the time we were just flat out broke and could not afford to run out for groceries very often. In fact, we had to grow a lot of our food. Necessity is the mother of invention. When you have little you either learn to stretch it or you go without. I did not like to go without, so I tried to master the art of Extending a Meal, making one meal stretch to 2 or 3!!!
I showed you all how to make the Old Fashioned Chicken Dinner yesterday on the blog .
This was a great meal to start with, but how do we make it stretch to another meal? We take whatever is leftover and make soup from it. Easy.
The first thing I did was boil the bones in a pot of water for several hours. You have to cover the contents in the pot with water. This cooking will draw the nutrients from the bones and create a beautiful broth for your soup. After a few hours, you can remove from the heat and drain the chicken in a sieve over another stock pot to drain all the broth into. Next you just pick all the additional meat from the bones and add to your broth, removing all the bones.
In another pot you can add your chopped veggies into some coconut oil to sauté and create another beautiful dimension to your soup.
When the veggies are translucent, add your broth and pieces of chicken. Stir together and add peeled chopped potatoes if you like. Season with onion powder, parsley, salt, and pepper.
I love that I can feed my family for a whole other mealtime. It is delicious, nutritious, and so simple.
Watch this video that I made showing the entire process…