Healthy Budget Sandwiches
My husband takes two
sandwiches to work every day. Typically I was using lunch
meat. He liked lunch meat and it was easy and convenient for
me. But it was not great for the budget or a healthy choice
either. Lunch meat is processed and full of non healthy
ingredients and loaded with sodium.
So here is what I have been doing to cut the cost of purchasing lunch meat and improving health while I am at it!
When I started I took a whole chicken and cooked it in the crockpot.
When it was done I deboned the meat and chopped it up into small pieces.
I divided the meat into 3 containers. One I used the
week I made it and the other two went in the freezer. To
make a sandwich I took the chopped chicken meat and added a little salt, pepper
and mayonnaise to it. I used this chicken spread for the
week. My hubby loved it and I loved the savings.
second type of sandwich meat I made was beef. I will have a
harder time giving you an accurate cost calculation on this because we buy our
beef from a local farmer and buy a whole cow each year. But
I can tell you what I did. I put a small beef roast into the
crockpot (I will guess maybe 4lbs) and let this cook for a good long time… until
the meat was falling apart. I then removed bone and fat and
chopped this up and was able to divide it into 4 containers (I figure about 2
cups of meat is what I need per week). I used it the same
way I used the chicken. I added salt, pepper and mayonnaise to the chopped meat
and used this to make sandwiches. I also added a little
The cost of this meat would be determined by how much you paid for the roast. You can use an inexpensive cut of roast like a rump roast or a chuck roast to do this.
Putting the meat into the freezer also means that I have the added bonus of this being very convenient (one of the reasons I liked lunch meat). After cooking just one chicken and the roast I ended up with enough lunch meat for 7 weeks of lunches.
Another sandwich meat that is easy to have on hand is ham. Buy a boneless ham and use some of the meat for sandwiches. I make it the same way I do the beef and chicken sandwiches, only it does not need to be cooked first. Chop up your desired amount of ham. I like to use my food processor for this to get the ham meat finely chopped. Divide the meat into containers or zip type baggies and put in the freezer. I make the sandwiches the same way, adding mayo and a little pepper.
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