I have been re-reading a book by Bethany Bontrager who blogs over at The Renaissance Housewife, it's all about feeding your family for $10 a head per week. She says that you should identify the ingredients which offer the most nutrition for your money, like chicken and eggs. So on Sunday I roasted a chicken 1.25kg in weight and then challenged myself to see how many meals I could get out of it. The chicken cost £2.35 from Aldi and id classed as a small one.
So, on Sunday we had roast chicken, roast potatoes, stuffing, carrots, cabbage and gravy and steamed syrup pudding. On Monday we had the same from leftovers. On Tuesday we had chicken potpie using leftovers and some of the chicken stock I made from the carcass. There was enough leftover to have on Wednesday with some mashed potatoes and then today I made soup from the stock. All told, that small chicken made 5 meals for 3 people, all with adult appetites !
Looks like Bethany is right, a chicken offers excellent value for money !