ISO Recipes and Menus for large groups!

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SoCaliLover's picture
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ISO Recipes and Menus for large groups!

Okay guys, help me out here. Starting Friday I will be feeding three meals a day to 8 people. I need recipes and menus for healthy, yummy, cheep foods that are kid and teenager friendly and can feed that many people at once. Any ideas?

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I would have cereal, bagels, fruit, etc. on hand for breakfast. That way they can serve themselves.

Lunch: get a variety of lunch meats, cheeses and breads, fruit and a couple of bags of chips or pretzels - - maybe a frozen pizza for one day

Dinner: lasagna and salad; hamburgers and hotdogs with a pasta salad/potato salad and baked beans; BBQ - you could put it in the crockpot to cook all day serve with mac n cheese and greenbeans; maybe a taco bar one night (cheap and easy for sure)

I'm not very good at this sort of thing, but these are a just a few ideas for ya. Have fun!

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Okay Dawn has some great ideas but what the heck is "ISO"?

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I'm actually feeding 11 people for 2.5 days, so I feel ya. I am doing banana bread/muffins and fruit salad for breakfasts (I made the bread/muffins over the weekend and froze it), hamburgers, hotdogs, macaroni salad, veggie tray and chips for dinner and then just snack-y stuff in between. I am also being sure to do all disposable plates/silverware/cups/napkins so I don't have to worry about dishes at all.
Next weekend, I am providing food for a one year old's bday party and I am doing pulled pork in the crockpot (cooked it last weekend and froze it), macaroni salad again Smile (I have a great recipe that is SUPER easy to make and it makes a ton!), I'll make frozen yogurt pops this weekend for it, and then fruit, cupcakes, and chips. Super easy.

Dawn's ideas for breakfast and lunch are great! And the lasagna--just buy a frozen Stouffers--they feed a big crowd.

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Carrie -- ISO= In Search Of. . . Smile

Dawn, great ideas...Charley suggested the taco night too! I need to make sure we get some new propane for our tank so we can BBQ out.

Jess --Didn't even think about disposable stuff, that could help a lot! Care to share your mac salad recipe? Pulled pork sounds yummy too!

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"SoCaliLover" wrote:

Carrie -- ISO= In Search Of. . . Smile

Oooohhhhhh! In my world it means Incentive Stock Options so I was really confused. LOL

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"SoCaliLover" wrote:

Jess --Didn't even think about disposable stuff, that could help a lot! Care to share your mac salad recipe? Pulled pork sounds yummy too!

Disposables are a must for larger crowds! I love to throw parties and never know when one will happen, so I keep my kitchen stocked with them. Those, plus cheap bowls and platters from Wallie-Mart that I don't care if they get cracked or broken.

Mac salad is on allrecipes.com--search bacon and macaroni salad. Smile It's the one with bacon, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery and green olives. Except I omit the green olives and put in green onions instead. And I increase the celery, cucumber and green onion to fit our taste.

The pulled pork is SO easy and delish--2.5-3 lb pork butt (the fattier the better, really!). Mix 1 cup brown sugar and 1 cup salsa, pour over pork and cook on low for 8 hours. Shred in the crock pot, allow to sit for a bit to re-soak up all the juices and serve on buns. I usually rotate between baked beans, fruit salad, grilled corn on the cob and mac salad as sides. I made a 7 lb one this past weekend for the party, just cut it up, doubled the sauce and used both of my crocks.

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Sounds like you've got some great ideas. What about sub sandwiches? Pick up the fixings and they can make their own...lots of the fixings will come in handy if you make tacos too.

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I think we will do subs and sandwiches for lunch as they will sorta be on their own. That mac salad sounds awesome! Will have to try that and the pulled pork -- DH loves that!

Carrie...Incentive Stock Options? No wonder that didn't make sense!

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http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2011/03/spicy-dr-pepper-shredded-pork/
I LOVE making this for a crowd, and always get tons of compliments. I make it in a crock pot though, and we always have it as tacos.

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Amy, how's it going??

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So far everything is going pretty good. Ronnie (the oldest) has the whole brooding teenager thing going and that gets a little old really quick. Plus he has been living with his dad since parents split up so he is bristling over having mom tell him what to do. Isn't too happy when I do either. The younger two are a blast though.

We went grocery shopping yesterday and spent over 300 for food YIKES Got several things on this list and will try others for next week.