Meals do not have to be fancy or complicated to be both frugal and delicious. Simpler meals save on the cost of additional ingredients, they take less prep work and often less clean-up. They are the perfect go to meals that often become family favourites!
I really don't like buying any meat in this type of packaging as none of it can be recycled. The foam trays cannot be cleaned well enough to prevent an risk of contamination from the raw meat they held. I wash the trays well, dry then spray with rubbing alcohol to kill off contaminants. I reuse these types for applications that will not come into anything edible.
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils you can use for both culinary and home made beauty products. It contains lauric acids that aid in digestion while protecting the body from bacterial and fungal infections. It is a solid at room temperature. It can be used as a moisturizer on hair and skin as well. I highly recommend using it on your hair to keep it healthy and shiny.
I placed the browned chicken breasts in the slow cooker then poured a 1 L (quart) jar of fire roasted Italian tomato sauce with mushrooms over the chicken. I set the slow cooker on low for 2 hrs than increased to high for an hour. This is a newer slow cooker that does operate at higher temperatures than the old one it replaced.
My home canned tomato sauces cost me nothing more than the canning lid, cooking fuel (fire roasting, processing) and extra ingredients if necessary. A 1 L jar of sauce without meat or mushrooms averages about 30¢ but I can reduce that cost using a reusable canning lid (glass insert, Tattler, 4ever recap) by 13¢. Store bought broad egg noodles are quite inexpensive and homemade even less expensive so the only real cost for me with this type of simple slow cooker meal is the meat. In this case using store bought chicken at the sale price brought the cost per serving to just under $1.80 which is rather frugal.