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
- Eat pasta ! Pasta goes a long way and although I do not serve it at every meal it is inexpensive and tastes really good.
- Eat beans not just pinto beans but any bean that your family likes. Beans are inexpensive, filling and healthy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Here are more posts to help you get feed your large family.
- Tips & Tricks to to Get Dinner on the Table
- How to Easily Make Dinner in 5 Minutes
- 10+ Uses for Leftover Oatmeal
- 5 breakfasts I feed my family of 7 for $1
May your cupboards overflow!
5 Days of Large Family Living
- Day 1: Homeschooling Your Large Family Part 1
- Day 2: Homeschooling Your Large Family Part 2
- Day 3: Secrets of Feeding a Large Family
- Day 4: Color Coding Your Large Family(1/15/15)
- Day 5: 10 MUST Read Books for Large Families (1/16/16)
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