OK, so remember that $8.99 chicken we roasted one night, and then chopped it up the next night for tacos? We are still not willing to let that chicken go until we get every last possible morsel out of it. That’s why I spent a few hours today cooking it down and making it into chicken soup for dinner. Once you boil the chicken so that it’s in that falling-apart stage, you find a lot more meat than you realized was still on the bird. Also, I might be looking a little harder than usual – it’s slim pickings in our refrigerator during the Hunger Challenge!
I also added one more item to my grocery list, which was a $2.99 box of matzoh ball mix. This was a tough call. On the one hand, I thought it would make the soup seem a lot more filling and satisfying. On the other hand, the mix is relatively expensive for what you get out of it – plus it called for a total of four eggs, which I wasn’t so sure I wanted to spare. I had planned for bacon and eggs at least one morning this weekend. Nevertheless, I decided to jump in and go with the matzoh balls. And matzoh ball soup is really quite filling. The only problem is that a few hours later, when your stomach realizes you’ve faked it by giving it mostly water, you start feeling hungry again. And that’s where I am right now.
Heading into the home stretch, I’m feeling a little uncertain about how the weekend is going to go. On the one hand, I have food left for two decent dinners (spaghetti, and all of those beans and vegetables I can make into chili). On the other hand, we’re all getting a little tired of the tunafish, peanut butter and jelly, and Triscuits. Can we hold it together for two more days?