Frugal, fast and fealthyMarch 11, 2011
Fealthy? Baby talk nonsense is working it’s way into my blog post titles, I see. You’ll have to excuse me.
Anyway, let’s talk about food you can make in 5 minutes with one hand. Because you’re holding a baby in the other hand, say for instance. Or a cell phone or something. Or a remote – and by the way I’m jealous if you’ve hand time to watch TV lately! Or sleep.
Let’s also talk about how not wasting food is the #1 way to save money in your food budget.
My mom made a turkey breast while she was visiting us. But you can pretend this story is about chicken if you like that better.
With little left to carve, I picked the remaining meat away – fingers actually are the best tools for this job. I got about 1.5 cups of meat that would have been thrown away. Score!! (Now I have the bones, which went in the freezer for when I get around to making stock. That’ll be another day.)
Turkey scraps are a good start to turkey salad. Just add mayo, no? You could.
Or you could look in your kitchen and find some chickpeas like I did. Mine were sprouted. Yours could be cooked or canned, whatever. Maybe they’re not even chickpeas, maybe they’re another bean. It really doesn’t matter, this is still going to work.
Because the #2 way to save money in your food budget is to leverage plant-based proteins to offset the cost of good quality meat.
Into the food processor it all goes! Then add your mayo, or your olive oil. Don’t forget salt and pepper. Feeling fancy? Chopped celery or kale is nice. Really fancy? Cumin, crushed red pepper or dried basil would be lovely.
Mix that sucker up and make a sandwich. Because you can eat that with one hand too.
Turkey Chickpea Salad Sandwich
1-2 cups turkey meat pieces
2-3 cups chickpeas, cooked or sprouted
3 Tbl. organic mayonnaise
1 stalk celery, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
In food processor, combine meat and chickpeas until uniform consistency. Add other ingredients and mix well. Serve on a sandwich, over salad or with whole grain crackers.
Sidenote: According to Mother Food, chickpeas are an excellent food for upping milk supply in nursing moms. Sprouting eliminates gassiness. So far, seems to be working.