When I work with people who are new to the primal life, an objection I often hear is that eating healthy and/or organic is expensive. OK, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here’s an example of how you can optimize your organic investment.</strong

Every few weeks I buy 2 organic free-range chickens. Depending on size, they average about $20 each vs. about $4 for a CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation) chicken at your grocery store. I’m sure that made some of you gasp, but please hear me out

We are a family of 4; husband, 2 teenage daughters, and me. On the first night, I roast them and serve with veggies or a salad. Then I pick the meat from the bones and save in 2 containers, 1 for big pieces of meat and 1 for small pieces. The big pieces can be used for another meal or just to have around for sandwiches or wraps. The small pieces are great for a casserole, or soup, or salad. So we are getting at least 3 meals from these 2 chickens.

I’m not done yet. Next, I put the carcass in my pressure cooker to make bone broth (you can also use a crockpot or stovetop).

This gives me 10-12 pints of concentrated, gelatinous, delicious chicken broth. I dilute as I use so end up with almost double that. Have you ever bought good, organic bone broth? At our local Farmers Market, 1 pint sells for $12, and that is not concentrated or gelatinous! So the broth I get from these chickens would cost $240 if I bought it by the pint.

I always keep plenty of chicken and beef bone broth on hand. I use it for cooking, quick egg drop soup, or it is great to simply drink. And it is so, so good for you. I certainly am getting my money’s worth from those 2 chickens, and at the same time am providing healthy, nutritious meals for my family.

In health,