Take a minute and look at the palm of your hand. Do you see that 3" by 3" square? That is a serving of meat. Yes! When you are looking up the calories, fat, fiber et.al. that is the serving size! This is why one crock pot full of tender chicken will feed us twice. Translate this to those ginormous boneless, skinless chicken breast in the supermarket. Each one of those is actually two servings. Another consideration is the whole foods nature of your chicken.
Read the label on your chicken package. Ok - stop laughing! You would assume that chicken contains only chicken, right? If you purchase those 5 pound bags of frozen breasts, they contain a salt/chemical solution used for processing and preservation. Yuck! Read the label, you want to purchase 100% unadulterated chicken. Yes, it may seem more expensive. But stop for a minute and consider how much it costs your family to eat at McDonalds? At Applebee's? Exactly! ~ the comparison makes that 100% chicken seem pretty darned cheap.
Now, read the label of your spaghetti sauce. High Fructose Corn Syrup? What the heck is that doing in a tomato product? And how many ingredients are there? And how many of those can you pronounce? Consider taking a walk down the hippie health food aisle, and read the labels on those spaghetti sauces. Now, doesn't that read like a list of something you want to feed your kids?
For my family of four, I purchase one package of chicken, then cut each breast in half (sometimes even thirds - depending on how big they are!) - $6. I then use one jar of spaghetti sauce - $3. Add some steamed broccoli-$1, and a pound of spaghetti - $1.50. I have just fed my family for two meals at a cost of $11.50 or $5.75 per meal. Can you feed your family of four at McDonald's for $5.75?
We had tender chicken on Saturday, a day when I was gone all day and the chicken cooked in the crock pot (7-8 hours on low, 4-5 hours on high). I returned home at 4:25 and with cooking the pasta, I had dinner on the table by 4:45. My idea of homemaking bliss. Easy, healthy, and a real dinner with my kids.