Food & Diet

5 Scrumptious Recipes from One Bag of Groceries

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Are you tired of spending a fortune on your meals and having to go to the supermarket every day?

With a simple plan, you can buy everything you need for five meals in just a single trip to the store. One bag of groceries can actually supply all you need for 5 different meals and for an affordable price. Assuming you already have flour, oil, salt and spices, your grocery bag can look like this:

  • 2 chicken drums
  • 1 lb chicken breasts
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 2 potatoes
  • 1 carrot
  • A bag of white rice
  • 1 bread loaf
  • A dozen eggs
  • Some Edam or gouda cheese
  • 1 bottle of yogurt

Now that you’ve done your shopping, it’s time to prepare some tasty dishes. After you make all the following dishes, you will have some leftover carrot, eggs, garlic, rice and yogurt, so you’ll be able to make more delicious meals.

1. Delicious Egg Breakfast

You will need 3 whole eggs, some Edam or Gouda (depending on how much you like it), 2 slices of bread and ½ of tomato.

Heat a frying pan with some oil. Crack 3 eggs into the pan and add some salt and spices according to your liking. Scramble the eggs until they are almost done, and then shred some cheese into the pan and mix it all together. When it’s ready, you will have a delicious breakfast.

But wait, not yet!

Take two pieces of thinly sliced bread and toast them. If you don’t have a toaster, you can do it in a non-stick pan. When they are done, add them onto the plate next to the egg breakfast. Finally, slice half a tomato, add some salt onto it and have a great meal.

2. Salty Meaty Pancakes

Since we don’t have a machine that makes chicken gyros at home, but we like eating it once in a while, there is a tasty alternative.

For the ‘tortilla’ you will need one egg, half a cup of yogurt and enough flour to get a relatively thick mass. Add a pinch of salt and mix it all together. Put a little bit of oil onto a non-stick pan and when it heats up add the mixture and spread it over the pan. Fry it for 2-3 minutes on each side. When it’s done, place it onto a plate and make the filling.

Take the meat off the bone of a chicken drum. Shred the meat into bite-sized pieces.


Take ¼ of an onion and slice it into thin pieces. Oil the frying pan and fry the onion until it becomes golden. Meanwhile, take the other half of the tomato that’s left from breakfast and cut it into small pieces. Do the same with ¼ of a bell pepper.

Add the chicken drum bits, the tomato and the pepper into the pan and cook it for about half an hour, until all the flavors are combined and everything is soft and done.

When the filling is done, fill the ‘tortilla’ and your meal is ready. You can roll it up like a pancake or simply cover one side with the other.

3. Chicken and Rice

The simplicity of this doesn’t exclude deliciousness. You will need ½ lb of chicken breasts, a handful and a half of rice (dry),  ¼ of one onion, half a carrot, salt and pepper (curry also goes well with rice – if you have it at home and like it).

Put a 1 ½ cup of water into a sauce pan, add the rice and half a carrot (diced/grated) and some salt (and curry if you want). Let it boil for around 10 minutes or until the rice is soft and edible.

In a non-stick pan fry ¼ of an onion on a couple of drops of oil and then add the meat (chopped into bite-sized pieces). Add some salt and pepper. When the meat and the rice are done, mix in the rice (drain if you have leftover water) and fry everything for a minute or two for the flavors to infuse. And voila! A simple, cheap, and nutritious meal.

4. Chicken Sandwich

You will need ½ lb of chicken breasts, 2 or 3 slices of tomato and pepper, 2 slices of bread, and some Edam or Gouda.

Slice two pieces of bread thinly and place them into a non-stick pan to toast on both sides. When one side is done, put a thin slice of cheese on both breads to melt. On the other burner put another pan and add ½ lb chicken breast fillet and fry it. Add some salt onto it (and other spices according to your liking).

When the meat is done, place it onto the bread and cover it with sliced tomato and pepper and finally with the other piece of bread. This is a scrumptious sandwich you will enjoy any time of day.

5. A Quick Sunday Lunch

Sunday requires a little more enjoyment and a little more effort when it comes to food. But that doesn’t mean you’ll need a ton of ingredients or a lot of time. You will simply need spices, 1 chicken drum, 2 potatoes and a half of tomato (or a whole one).

Preheat the oven to 250o C (480o F)

Clean the potatoes and cook them in boiling water for around 5 minutes. Cut them into smaller pieces if they are large. Place them inside a buttered or oil-covered casserole. Then spice up the chicken drum (salt, pepper, red pepper, garlic, whatever spice you like), massage the spices into it and place it beside the potatoes inside the casserole.

Bake it in the oven for 5-10 minutes without covering it and then take the casserole out, cover it with aluminum foil and bake for around 45 minutes on 150o C (300o F). When it’s done, you’ll have a wonderful infusion of flavors.

Place your dish on a plate, and slice the tomato as a salad. Bon appetite!