This was tonight's tea. This morning I got a large chicken (free by using my M&S vouchers but normally £6). I had roast chicken with some of my potatoes and broccoli. And very nice it was too BUT it was a much smaller portion than I would normally serve.
Just out of interest I've been researching what is considered a serving of cooked lean meat for an average person. It's just 70g. SEVENTY grams!!! That's not even a whole chicken breast. It's just those 2 wee bits in my bowl above. I would normally have at least double that and OH would have triple (but he trains hard and needs more quality protein than the average person)
I shredded it and added sweetcorn, pineapple, a little mayonnaise and a sprinkling of garam masala. It looks a better serving size now! A potato serving is 2 egg sized potatoes. I chopped them up too ;-) And most vegetables have no limit on serving size.
So, my 1.8kg chicken should have cost £6 and it yielded 764g of meat. That's 10 servings, each costing 60p. (I'm always interested when I see bloggers costing their meals!) The bones are currently in the slow cooker making stock for soup. I'll get about 6 servings of soup for just the cost of a few veggies, some rice and one portion of the chicken. So 9 dinners and 6 lunches from one chicken. In frugal terms it makes sense to stick to serving sizes as you get more value for money.
I had already been looking at recommended portion sizes before today. Last night I had some tofu.
It was £1.40 for 349g. The recommended portion size for tofu is 120g so 3 portions from this pack @ 47p per portion. Although I kept tasting and testing it so actually ate about half in the end!
I pressed it, dried it, sliced it and marinated it in Tamari.
I coated it in cornflour and fried it until golden. The smaller pieces were crispier and tasted better.
I added them to my usual stir fry (at the end since they're already cooked) and drizzled sweet chilli sauce over it all. Very nice indeed!
So portion control will save me money and keep me healthy. Not exactly rocket science but sometimes I need to look at it differently to make healthy frugal changes.