I wholly believe that part of the difficulty of eating affordably is, in some cases, completely solvable by learning simple cooking techniques. This won`t solve all the world`s problems but I know that some easy tricks could make a difference.
Last night was a good test of our committment – it`s a busy week and the evening was chock full. I had a 30 minute chunk of time between arriving from work and needing to head out the door to meet Dana for a walk. 30 minutes to get dinner on, change, clean a little, return some calls – you know the drill.
I decided on a chicken barley soup. The goal was something warm and hearty for last night as well as something that could be used for lunches through the week. I spent $7.50 on ingredients – barley, tinned tomatoes, a 2-pound bag of onions and a full (`double`) chicken breast with skin and bones in tact.