I am winding down from a fabulous long weekend. I sure had a ton of fun! I used the rest of my afternoon today to prepare a few things and ready myself for the week to come. It’ll be a short one, but I already know it’s going to be super busy. I’ll be looking forward to another coast trip next weekend and that will be here before I know it! I even have prepared foods stored away in the freezer ready for our coastal road trip! I will be so happy when Friday roles around and all I need to do is pull things out of the freezer and load them in the cooler to go.
I am feeling extra thrilled with my bargain meals for the week. I bought a “happy chicken” fryer last Tuesday at the market. I roasted it and ate lunch and dinner meals from it nearly every day. This afternoon I cut off the rest of the chicken, creating strips for tonight’s dinner and cubes for a red curry chicken and vegetable dish later this week. I currently have the carcass stewing on the stove top so I can make a chicken, vegetable and rice soup. Half of that will be for my beach weekend and the other half will be stored in the freezer for future meals. For under $9.00 that whole chicken will have given me roughly fifteen or so meals. Isn’t that awesome?! I did it right when I bought groceries last week! I am learning to work it right with my new grocery budget and it is feeling great!
Check out this amazing salad I enjoyed for tonight’s dinner. It was so simple and delicious. My tummy is happy, my little home is clean and after I finish making the soup that has begun on the stove top, I will be kicking my feet up and enjoying my peaceful evening.
Give this simple salad a try. The flavor combination is divine!
Simple Spinach Salad with Chicken
2 cups of baby spinach
a few thin slices of red onion (to your liking)
5 pecans, roughly chopped
2 Tablespoons of dried cranberries, roughly chopped
2 ounces of sliced chicken breast, cut into strips
a couple turns of the pepper mill over the salad
drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette (home made)
garnish with fresh radishes