Simple Cheap Meals and Healthy Eating-Chicken Breast over Potatoes
Does the phrase “Simple Cheap Meals and Healthy Eating” sound like a contradiction in terms? Sometimes, they are very difficult to bring together, there is no doubt about it. However, that does not mean it is impossible to come up with simple cheap meals that are also healthy. One way to address this issue is by avoiding several aisles at the grocery store, actually most of the middle aisles should be avoided like the plague! The key to healthy, yet cheap and easy, meals is to focus on “fresh”. Fresh fruit, vegetables and meat are essential to this process, and despite what you may think you can find great deals on all of these.
Perhaps the best way to find the fixings for simple cheap healthy meals is by comparison shopping. Every week each grocery store in your area will print and mail out their advertisements. Today many savvy shoppers are simply combining the ads and going to the local Wal-Mart to score the best deals all under one roof. However, if you do not want to go this route or simply cannot, you can still get great deals by shopping around and utilizing coupons.
Sale ads, coupons, buying fruits and vegetables in season and choosing meats that provide a double purpose are all great ways to prepare simple cheap meals and still keep things healthy.
One really easy meal to prepare is chicken breasts over potatoes. You can use split fryer or boneless, but red potatoes are the best!
What You Will Need to Make Chicken Breasts Over Potatoes
- 1 ½ pound chicken breast
- 1-3 pounds of potatoes
- Seasoning of your choice
How to Make Chicken Breasts Over Potatoes
- Dice potatoes into bite sized pieces and place an even layer in a 9×11 baking dish. There should be just room enough at the top of the pan to place your chicken breasts.
- Season potatoes with the seasoning of your choice. Lemon pepper is nice, but Creole and barbecue dry seasonings also work well.
- Place the chicken breasts on top of the potato layer, rub with small amount of olive oil and season to taste.
- Cover the dish with aluminum foil.
- Bake at 350 degrees until top layer of chicken is done. (USDA recommended internal temp of 165 degrees)
If you happen to have leftovers, your chicken can be used in a variety of dishes depending on the seasoning you chose. You could make delicious chicken soup, chicken and dumplings, or chicken and dressing.