I’d like to introduce y’all to Angie! Tonight, she’s sharing a meal for her family of 7 that’s just under $8.50!
In between school, boy scouts, choir, girl scouts, homework, BPSA scouting, potty training, MOPS, learning how to walk and PTA – somewhere in there this family of 7 has to eat! I don’t have an excess of time or money so I need to cook smart. That’s right, this is a complete easy meal to add to your recipe books. Using the crockpot is just awesome to the 10th power because you don’t even have to be there until the finishing touches are needed! It looks like a complex meal, but the ingredient list is actually pretty simple.
Chicken and Dumplings
- 3 cups cooked shredded chicken $2.68
- 1/2 onion (diced) $.13
- 1 clove garlic (chopped fine) $.06
- 3 cans of biscuits* $1.17
- 1 1/2 pounds fresh beans $1.95
- 1 tsp butter
- 1 whole watermelon $2.50
Total meal $8.49
Chicken and Dumplings:
- In a crock pot, combine chicken, onion and garlic in 8 cups of water until done (approx 4 hours on high)
- Remove chicken, and shred with knife (should yield 7 cups, what you don’t use – freeze for another meal)
- Strain broth
- Set aside 2 cups of chicken broth for green beans
- Add remaining broth plus 8 cups of water to large pot
- add shredded chicken
- Cut each biscuits into 1/4ths and add to chicken and broth
- Boil on medium for 45 minutes stirring every so often.
- Let sit for 15 minutes before serving to firm up.
- While you are stirring your chicken and dumplings, in a medium pot combine 2 cups of reserved chicken broth and 1 cup of water to and bring to a boil. Snap off the ends of the beans and add them to the broth mixture.
- Boil for about 10 minutes depending on how firm you like your beans. (By boiling it with the chicken broth, you are getting all those wonderful garlic and onion flavors.)
- Drain beans, return to them to the pan and add the butter. Saute until butter is melted and serve warm.
*I choose to use biscuits (and you can use ANY kind) because I can find them for 39¢ a can. To make the meal more frugal, make your own dumplings. To make the meal faster, use boneless skinless chicken breasts, canned broth, garlic & onion powder.
Now child #2 wants to start Taekwando, I may need to find kitchen appliances that plug into the car.
Angie Atchley is a freelance writer and is also the voice behind Vivo Bello. She chronicles the antics of her 5 young children, posts kid friendly recipes, and hosts Meaningful Mondays about random acts of kindness.