Thursday, January 5, 2012

WFD ~ Thursday & Planning Ahead

My daughter loves Grilled Chicken Salad, and orders this dish regularly when we go out to eat. 

She wanted to go out to eat today at the Ocoee Dam Deli & Diner and have a grilled chicken salad. The last time we ate there I know we spent around $30. 

Two grilled chicken salads at $8 each, two Iced Teas at $2.00, and a Fried Pickle Appetizer and Tip and you can see how it quickly adds up to $30. 

I told her I would make her one at home that was just as good if not better than their salad. So, I took the chicken tenders I was marinating from this morning and grilled them and made two salads for dinner. 

She loved her salad and said it was better than the one from the deli. So part of my new plan is to wow her with food she loves at home. 

I can remember Amy Dacyczyn talking about kicking it up a notch when one of her children complained about something, so that is what I'm going to do here as well. 

The chicken and salad for this dinner cost me $5.06, and even when I add the extra items like cheese, black olives, croutons, and our homemade iced tea the price would come out at under $10 for this meal. That sure beats paying $30 at a restaurant for the same meal to me. 

After washing the dinner dishes and cleaning up the kitchen I decided, since I am working tomorrow, to go ahead and get dinner ready for tomorrow night, or at least as much as I could get ready tonight. 

I went ahead and peeled and cut up the potatoes and carrots, and gathered up all the other ingredients I will need. 

In the morning, all I will have to do is pull it out of the refrigerator and put it all in the crock pot. Dinner will then be ready when we get home from school tomorrow afternoon.

After getting dinner for tomorrow ready, I went ahead and made our lunches for tomorrow as well. 

Planning ahead and making sure all of our meals come from home this week has certainly saved me a lot of money this week. 

I'm tired now, so I'm going to post this to my blog, take a shower, and call it a night. 

I hope you all have a pleasant evening tonight. :)

© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2011.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, do without”  


  1. Belinda,
    That is exactly how and why I do my prep after supper! WTG!

  2. It worked out so great, Carol! It was wonderful to come home to dinner already cooked. Such a great idea. I am definitely going to do this again and again. :)


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