Canned chicken has become a staple for those of us in need of nutritional assistance. The only canned food that sounded less appetizing gis canned tuna in water. In fact, it smells like cat food and is nauseating. But given the options of the few available sources of protein, we could eat, I had to choose one of them. So I chose the first, chicken.
How The Former Middle Class Eats
The decision to incorporate this newly discovered canned food into our meal planning did not come quickly or easily. In fact, it was a humbling even painful experience. The only thing I ate out of a can before now was by choice. I could always afford fresh, whole food. Chicken never came in a can. But something had changed. We had become part of The Former Middle Class.
Being A National Nutritional Statistic
Not only had we become part of The Former Middle Class, but we also had become part of the Poor Middle Class Nutrition Crisis. Feeding the poor and making sure that people who need assistance can get it is a national crisis. As rich as our country is, we have a serious problem with enough food for some while there is food waste by many. Good supermarket food is dumped because of imperfections in appearance or expiration dates. According to Sustainable Table | Food Waste, “In the US, we throw away 40 percent of our food supply every year.”
How Did This Happen to Us?
I could become historical, philosophical, and even sociological about why there is a National Nutritional Food Crisis and how we went from being middle class to part of this crisis. But that is besides the point of this post. Our story is available on another post. This is not a theoretical treatise. This is our lives. So here I am with a substantial collection of chicken in a can piled high on our cupboard shelf. I say it is there for emergencies. But the truth of the matter is, it is there because I need to learn 101 recipes for this newly discovered food if I want to eat every day, stay healthy, not go hungry, and survive.
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Practical Ways to Reduce Food Waste
289 Recipes for Canned Chicken from RecipesDaily.net
Kirkland Foods Canned Chicken Facts
Swanson Canned Chicken Recipes
The Poor Middle Class Crisis: Introduction
The Former Middle Class
One Day from Homeless
The Poor Middle Class Crisis eBook
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Frugal Meal Planning
Meal Planning with Friends!
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Canned Chicken Dishes on Pinterest
9 Delicious and Quick Chicken in a Can Recipes
21 Delicious and Quic Chicken in a Can Recipes
Chicken in a Can Recipes from AllRecipes.com
32 Canned Chicken Recipes for Delicious Meals You’ll Use Time and Again from MorningChores.com
Start With Canned Chicken 10 Quick and Satisfying Meals from the spruce.com
Canned Chicken Recipes from Pinterest.com
Hormel Chunk Chicken
Canned Chicken Recipes from SparkPeople.com