When you're trying to grocery shop on a budget, cutting out meat often seems like
an obvious first step. With prime cuts costing upwards of $12 per pound, it's easy to
feel tempted to fill your cart with Top Ramen.
Not so fast.
With a little bit of simple technique (and I mean simple
), it's easy to turn super-
cheap cuts of meat into the gourmet centerpiece of your meal. Read on for 5 often
overlooked cuts of meat that are both easy on your wallet and pleasing to your belly.
Bone-in Chicken Thighs
About $1.50 per pound
I've pretty much had it with boneless, skinless chicken breast. Sure, it's lean, but
how likely are you to stick to a healthy diet if your chicken is as boring as the 4th of July in Canada? Rather, I go for bone-in chicken thighs, or what's sometimes called the
"whole leg". It's incredibly cheap, and unlike its boneless, skinless brethren, it's
loaded with flavor and just enough fat to keep it moist. It's fabulous grilled with
barbecue sauce, but I also love to roast it slathered with garlic, olive oil, herbs,
lemon zest, salt and pepper. I throw in a couple of quartered onions and 2 scrubbed,
cubed potatoes, and roast the whole thing at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes or so. The
result is super-tender chicken with a delightfully crisp skin, and the most flavorful
potatoes ever. It's a one-dish wonder for the ages.
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