Usually a Rotisserie Chicken is just too expensive for us to use for a dinner so we don’t often give them a second glance in the store. This week though we found that our store puts some in the refrigerated section and sell them for a dollar less. So for $3.98 we got a whole chicken which is about $2 cheaper than I could get a whole fryer chicken for.
Because it is already cold I think up great things to use it for. Of course it will not become dinner that night but that doesn’t mean I can’t cut it up and use the breast slices for topping a salad or just on the side of some veggies and rice for the kids. And the rest of it can get diced up and used for chicken salad. Plus I can use the rest of the carcass for making chicken broth. So I can get 4 lunches for the 3 kids and a whole gallon of chicken broth for only $3.98. To me that is quite a bargain. It is little things like this that make room in our budget for buying better quality or specialty items.
Today’s breakfast was a “healthy” version of a chocolate banana smoothie. It involved dates, almond milk, dutch cocoa powder, and of course frozen banana slices.
Start with 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
Add a cup of pitted dates, about 8 ounces
You can put the 2 TBS of cocoa powder in at that time too
Blend until smooth
Add 3 sliced and frozen bananas
Blend until smooth
No refined sugar, yet so decadent. Even my super picky 8 year old drank as much as he could and put the rest in the fridge for later. I may not have gotten a compliment from him but a lack of complaint is possibly more rewarding.
And just a tip: Do not make this in a Cuisenart Classic Food Processor circa 1991… it does not seal properly against liquids and well, it turns the kitchen into a splash zone. My youngest is sick today and therefore unwilling to leave my arms or my side for any length of time so she became a reluctant helper this morning and ended up splattered in chocolate almond milk with date chunks… whoops.