Frugal Cooking: Getting by with a little help from my friend, Marga

United States
February 21, 2021 9:21pm CST
Before Honey died, I found a huge package of chicken thighs on sale for very little money. I do not remember the cost per pound, but I do remember that it ended up being $0.20 per thigh. I packaged them in two, and that was the meat that I would boil up and cook for her food. I do not typically care for that piece of the chicken, but I know that they can make several meals for me. If I eat one of the thighs, it is a meal, or I can cook the meat use it for two or three portions, mixed with other ingredients. Marga sent me a recipe for "pollo escabechado" (marinated chicken) that she likes. It is very similar to other recipes I have eaten and/or created. I especially liked it because of the onion, garlic, and vinegar in it. It is not unlike much of the way I cook. I adopted her recipe to suit me and what I had in my refrigerator and freezer. I estimate the cost of the pot of four thighs and the vegetables I used to be $0.80 for the chicken, $0.50 for the onion, garlic, and peppers, and just a few cents for for the other ingredients. Rice is fairly inexpensive, and I used up the last of some greens, avocado, and radishes I had for a salad. Tonight's dinner cost for four servings: ~$1.50 (not counting salad), or ~$0.38 each serving. Still not my favorite cut of the chicken meat, it was nice to bring together the flavors with a bit of help from Marga. Photo is my own.
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@Ourakan5 (10)
• Antananarivo, Madagascar
22 Feb
very good. I like the vegetable.
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• United States
22 Feb
I eat mostly vegetables.
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• Antananarivo, Madagascar
22 Feb
@TheSojourner good for health
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@wolfgirl569 (36452)
• Marion, Ohio
22 Feb
You found a use for them at least.
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• United States
22 Feb
I will go ahead and eat them. I can't justify throwing them out
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@holdoors (2355)
• Malaysia
22 Feb
looks like a very healthy meal.. plenty of greens.
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• United States
22 Feb
I try to eat healthy.
@prinzcy (18094)
• Malaysia
23 Feb
Those look really good. What dressing did you used for the salad?
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• United States
23 Feb
Thank you. I typically don't use bottled dressing, but I found some sort of a cilantro dressing that I tried. It's okay.
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@Marty1 (62704)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
23 Feb
@TheSojourner did you make the cilantro dressing or is it from a bottle? do you have a lot left of the cilantro dressing if it was just okay? do you ever put cheese in your salads? I will probably have a chicken salad for dinner tonight and always put cheese on my salads
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• United States
23 Feb
@Marty1 No, I bought this one just to taste it. I usually make my own vinaigrette dressings. It was "just okay," because I don't care much for processed foods. I do not use a lot of cheese in my salads.
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@LindaOHio (58184)
• United States
22 Feb
Looks good. If we win the lottery, we're going to hire a chef. :-)
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• United States
22 Feb
Don't forget that you have to hire a bottle washer also!
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@LindaOHio (58184)
• United States
23 Feb
@TheSojourner Maybe I'd give our little housekeeper some extra hours. lololol
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• United States
23 Feb
@LindaOHio Whoo hoo! I get to make the mess and have someone else clean up my mess.
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@much2say (46897)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Feb
We love chicken thighs! I like them even better on sale . Oh, another recipe for me to look up ! And to have that on rice - ohhhhh, I already know I would enjoy that. Pretty fancy lookin' frugal meal .
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• United States
23 Feb
It's a bit different than what Marga sent to me, but I adapted it, as I have used several meals like this. I did thicken the sauce with some cornstarch but used a little more than was necessary. But it's tolerable. LOL
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@much2say (46897)
• Los Angeles, California
23 Feb
@TheSojourner Sometimes we have to tweak recipes so it suits our taste, as long as we enjoy it, it's all good. Sometimes I am lazy and don't do the cornstarch part to thicken the sauce - soupy sauce .
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• United States
23 Feb
@much2say exactly. LOL Broth.
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@jstory07 (100916)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Feb
The meal looks like it would be very good.
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• United States
23 Feb
Thank you, judy! You are always so kind.
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@jstory07 (100916)
• Roseburg, Oregon
23 Feb
@TheSojourner If ever I do not like something I would let you know.
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• United States
23 Feb
@jstory07 that's a good thing.
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@FourWalls (31243)
• United States
22 Feb
Outstanding! Would you have considered chicken soup for the thighs, or does it not make good soup?
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• United States
22 Feb
I've made soup with all of that. I'm just have no room for storing any more soup right now!
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@FourWalls (31243)
• United States
22 Feb
@TheSojourner — oh, that’s right. You’ve opened an apple butter shop.
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• United States
22 Feb
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@rakski (79719)
• Philippines
22 Feb
there's a lot of good things to see in that plate. looks very delicious
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• United States
22 Feb
It is delicious. And I actually have more than three servings as leftovers.
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@rakski (79719)
• Philippines
22 Feb
@TheSojourner that is good, no need to cook next time
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• United States
22 Feb
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@moonandstars (46605)
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
22 Feb
looks so good. i am getting hungry when i shouldnt be
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• United States
22 Feb
Sorry about that!
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• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
26 Feb
@TheSojourner thank you. it'll get better
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@marlina (118606)
• Canada
23 Feb
A pretty good deal!
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• United States
23 Feb
I agree. :-)
@TheHorse (124211)
• Walnut Creek, California
23 Feb
Sounds good to me. What kind of dressing did you put on the salad?
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• United States
23 Feb
A cilantro bottled type I got at TJs. I don't usually buy dressing but make my own. It was okay.
23 Feb
Delicious and filling dish. It's so nice to have a close good friend, isn't it?
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• United States
23 Feb
I wish we were closer, but @marguicha lives in Chile.
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• Jakarta, Indonesia
23 Feb
wow the food looks so delicious, i suddenly got hungry hahaha
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• United States
23 Feb
The power of suggestion!