Rotisserie Chicken

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.

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Paleo Chocolate Banana Smoothies

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

Serves 4.

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.