Secrets of feeding a Large Family

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Welcome to Day 3 of a 5 Day Hopscotch of  Large Family Living

Whether  you are a small or large family feeding a large family can really be a challenge, especially, if you are on a  budget. But when you are a large family finding an economical way to feed all the little blessings around your table can be daunting. And even if you are not on a budget food costs can be overwhelming. But by just making a few changes to your cooking system you can start walking away from the dinner table with leftovers.

2 Things to Feed Your Large Family Every Meal

First, with nearly every single meal I serve some sort of bread. I make bread from scratch,  buy bread from the store, my neighbor gives us free loaves of bread and I  have a bread machine. This enables me to constantly add bread to every meal to help fill up my troops.

So think creatively is there a day old bread store near you? Can you find a bread machine on Craigslist that will enable you to make bread daily. That said, I rarely eat bread and try to avoid eating carbs. but my fast growing children need the extra  calories.

The second thing I  make for nearly every meal is  rice or potatoes.

Doesn’t my family get tired of eating rice and potatoes??

No, they do not. They don’t get tired of rice and potatoes because I don’t just serve them plain every night. One night we might have garlic chicken rice or I might make a creamed rice. And with potatoes your choices are endless: oven fried french fries, mashed,, baked, home-fries, hash browns, a gratin, O’Brien and more.

So consider how many different ways you can easily make rice and potatoes and add them to your meal plan.

5 Other Inexpensive Ways to Feed Your Large Family
  1. Eat pasta ! Pasta goes a long way and although I do not serve it at every meal it is inexpensive and tastes really good.
  2. Eat beans not just pinto beans but any bean that your family likes.  Beans are inexpensive, filling and healthy.
  3. When serving meat think about how you can stretch your meat. We normally make spaghetti with a meat sauce instead of meatballs because the meat goes further.
  4. Determine which foods you use a lot of , check the prices of foods purchased normally vs. bulk food purchase. Then determine which foods to buy in bulk. Here is a post that explains in detail how and why buy in bulk.
  5. Be sure to “remake” leftovers. For instance we collect small amounts of left over veggies and when we have collected enough veggies we make a chicken pot pie. A little bit of leftover beef goes into our black bean soup. So begin to think of leftovers in a new light! If you ‘d like to know more about remaking veggies you can read my post the Food Pyramid.

Here is simple recipe for Rice that you can use to add a bit of variety to your rice side dishes.

Garlic Chicken Rice

  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 cups rice
  • 3 bullion cubes
  • 1/2 tspn. of garlic powder

Put everything in your pot and cook it for  apx. 20 minutes until done.feeding a large family

Here are more posts to help you get feed your large family.

May your cupboards overflow!

5 Days of Large Family Living

 

 

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayneand Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

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Kyle is a full time frugal wife of Wayne and Mama to 5 adorable children: Peyton (15), Parker (10),Pearson (8), Parson (3) & Providence (3). My hope is to present families with an attainable simplified model of classical education with a Charlotte Mason twist.She likes listening to audio books, watching the kids play sports or piano & doing anything with my husband! She likes to do all of that while having a cup of coffee! You can find her blogging on a regular basis here at Aspired Living, The Curriculum Choice & Womanhood with Purpose.

23 thoughts on “Secrets of feeding a Large Family

  1. It is possible to feed a large family on a budget… and the things you mention are very helpful. We have a large family – and have some guys that are REALLY big eaters :)…. we have a rather tight budget, but we eat well and do not feel deprived. What a blessing. 🙂

  2. A while back I thought our family should start eating more beans (cheaper and healthier, like you said) but I don’t like using canned because of the extra expense and added salt, and I never think ahead far enough to soak them the night before and cook them ahead of time.

    So I decided to start making large batches in a crockpot, portioning out can-sized helpings into Ziplocs, and freezing them. Now when a recipe calls for canned beans, I just throw in a frozen baggie.

    Nice to hear from another mom of 5 and get a peek inside her bag of tricks. Thanks for doing this blog!

    1. I rarely soak my beans overnight either. I usually just start cooking them in the crockpot in the late morning and then they are ready by dinner. I also do the same thing that you do which is cook big batches and freeze them. We are on the same page! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

  3. These are excellent tips and ones that I use. I don’t have a large family, but we are on a budget. There are so many things to do with rice, potatoes, bread, beans, oatmeal, and pasta that the family never needs tire of them.

    Thanks for sharing your ideas with us! Blessings to you and yours.

  4. Thank you! I am the mom to 14, so I have to use every trick in the book to feed my crew. We too eat tons of pasta, rice, beans and potatoes!

    Renee, cohost of the #shinebloghop

  5. I don’t have a large family, but we are on a budget. I meal plan which really helps us save time and money. We also love bread, pasta, rice and potatoes… all of the yummy stuff that as moms we try to avoid 🙂

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  6. Wow! You were a hit on last week’s link up party. This post was featured as a top post from last week’s link up party. I just added a new link up party. Please come link up many more of your great posts this week.
    Chris
    So Much At Home

  7. Stopping by from Turn It Up Tuesday. These are great tips and can used for most families, especially those with growing boys or families on budgets. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Good tips! Some of the ladies at our church have a food co-op. We buy cases of food from a wholesale food supplier and split them. It takes some organizing, but we are able to get wholesale prices on fresh produce this way. You can check nearby big cities and see if you have something similar !

  9. Kyle,
    I have 5 children also and it seems like they are now beginning to eat me out of house and home. I follow some of your strategies too. We are vegetarians and eat a ton of produce. Beans are our best friend. So happy to be visiting you from Mom 2 Mom Monday Linkup. I look forward to spending some time on your site.

  10. Bread is a rare commodity where I live–not cheap, and usually it tends to taste like donuts instead of actual bread. That’s a result of it not being a native food of China! Living abroad definitely alters one’s ideas of what’s inexpensive. I grew up eating rice everyday, and no, I never got bored of it, because there’s infinite variations of chicken and veggies to go with it! We still eat a lot of rice, and I love potatoes, but sadly, my husband does not share my passionate love of potatoes…I could eat those everyday…

    1. That is so funny, I love potatoes too and my husband really doesn’t like them unless they are french fried or mashed. Well, enjoy your time living abroad and soak in all that culture. 😀

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