I thought that since it is summer and the BBQs are burning we could share some budget meals for the grill. My family would love steak every night but that is definitely not in the budget!
Today I BBQed chicken breast to make chicken burgers and here's how I stretched my dollar:
1 - first I deboned the breast and froze the bones to add to my stock next time I make a batch. I threw the skin out because as good as it tastes all crisp, I don't want it! I weighted the breasts and they were almost 8 ounces each, so I pounded them for even cooking, but also so that I could cut them in half and get 2 burgers out of each breast. 3.5+ oz is more than enough for a burger.
2 - now I know that so many of the burger buns you can buy today are huge so that they can hold those 1/2 pound burgers, but I found some smaller 100% whole wheat buns that they called sandwich buns, the perfect size for my plan!
3 - I made a huge salad of lentils, quinoa, fresh herbs from the garden, veggies I had on hand (green pepper, cucumber, tomato, celery and some left over steam broccoli), and a simple dressing of lemon and olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
4 - I also made a sauce for the burgers using non-fat greek yogurt and chef meg's ranch seasoning, thinned it slightly with some skim milk. Much healthier than mayo.
Called the family in and they didn't even notice the burgers were smaller and my son is a huge meat eater. They loved the salad and ate up the burgers happily. Normally the 3 of us would have eaten 3 of those huge breasts, but instead we ate 1.5 breasts for dinner and now I have enough grilled chicken to make another meal tomorrow or turn into a chicken salad for sandwiches.
Edited by: A-NEW-TARA at: 7/13/2012 (21:33)
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