"Large Family" recipes

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MissyJ's picture
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"Large Family" recipes

Hi all,

It's been a while and I'm looking for inspiration. Do you have any favorite recipes that you'd like to share that work well for your family? I'm open to all types of suggestions that fit at least one of these categories:

  • Budget friendly
  • Easy
  • Stretches well (maybe even for leftovers!)
  • Yummy enough that everyone loves it!

Thanks for the input!

~Missy

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Joined: 08/26/06
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I have a super EASY recipe that I made last week and it was a hit & we actually had left overs!!! I bought the 4 pack cans of White Chunck Chicken from Sam's (under $10) (for this recipe, I only used 3) We have 11 total in our Family. We have several smaller kids, so if you have a lot of teens, you may want to use all 4.

Shredded Chicken Tacos

Drain water from cans, heat on stove top over medium (optional: I added a small amount of butter & some garlic salt) add in taco seasoning to taste. Shred w/fork as you're heating.

We just used shredded cheese & sour cream w/ soft taco shells and it was delicious! I'm sure that they would be even better w/all the extra yummy toppings! It was budget friendly, super easy and an absolute hit in our home!

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Two boxes of pasta boiled + your family sized amount of raw broccoli added during last four minutes = drained.
x Shred plain, baked chicken.

In a pan pour several a good bit of heavy whipping cream (I use about half a pint or so plus milk as needed), Parmesan ( I use at least a cup, until it looks like it's going to thicken well) and butter (half a stick-ish). heat on low until it looks like sauce.

Combine in big bowl, or in the pasta pot if you're lazy like me.

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We haven't done this in awhile, but we like to get a whole ham and bake it nice and slow. During the last hour or so, I glaze with honey and molasses. A large ham will give us about 3 meals (more if you add it to a casserole or to pasta). Then, we take the ham bone and make soup. My favorite soup is ham and vegetable: cabbage, tomatoes, corn, onions, garlic, and something green (green beans or broccoli, or whatever fresh veggies you have from the garden or market).

We will also make a whole roasted chicken and turn the carcass into soup.

Lentils and beans make really good, cheap meals. Also pasta. Chili. Homemade pizza. All kinds of soups (ham and potato, split pea, vegetable, chicken noodle, etc.)

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For all our family holiday meals (Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years) we always have turkey (sometimes have to cook 2), we generally have between 30-40 people with my parents/siblings/kids. Then we use the leftovers to make soup. My siblings still get together quite often but as their kids grow the numbers are smaller.

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"laneymomto3" wrote:

Two boxes of pasta boiled + your family sized amount of raw broccoli added during last four minutes = drained.
x Shred plain, baked chicken.

In a pan pour several a good bit of heavy whipping cream (I use about half a pint or so plus milk as needed), Parmesan ( I use at least a cup, until it looks like it's going to thicken well) and butter (half a stick-ish). heat on low until it looks like sauce.

Combine in big bowl, or in the pasta pot if you're lazy like me.

I have always used cream of broccoli (or broccoli cheese) soup and grated whatever cheese I had on hand, put extra cheese on top and put in oven until melted

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Heather, I made your tacos tonight and they were delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!

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You're very welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

"Holly_Anne618" wrote:

Heather, I made your tacos tonight and they were delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!
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This has turned into one of the kids favourite recipes... and they always want seconds! It's a little "different" so it took a few times for DSS to like it - he's very picky, but now he LOVES it!

This makes one more adult serving than we require - enough for about 3 adults and 3 hungry kids (with 2nds).

Rice (we use brown rice usually - $0.50)

Brown 1lb burger (original recipe says lamb, but I use most anything - Bison these days at $4/lb)
2 tbsp ground coriander (cost ?)
2 tbsp ground alspice (cost ?)
Add 1-1.5 boxes frozen chopped spinach ($1.50)
Add a handful of pine nuts ($1.50)
Salt/pepper to taste. ($negligible)

Put burger mixture on bed of rice. Add lemon juice to taste. Cost about $7-$8 for meal for a hungry family of 6... Double the recipe if needed!

Also, I usually have enough leftover that I take it to work the next day for lunch, or can feed the two little ones easily for another meal.

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A favorite around here is Cabbage Roll Casserole (and it meets all your criteria Smile )

2 pounds ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
1 (29 ounce) can tomato sauce
3 1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
1 cup uncooked white rice
1 teaspoon salt
2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
Brown meat. Toss everything into a large casserole dish. Cook covered for about an hour and half, stirring once, at 350. We like it with a glop of sour cream on top... Or some cheddar... The leftovers are even yummier.

Really easy to stretch cheaply with extra cabbage or rice, but it makes a lot and the kids love it!