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Old 01-09-2013, 10:42 PM   #31
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I only have 4 but I WOH 3-4 days a week. Freezer cooking and Costco have saved my life. I found a mama who has a 4 week grocery list and instructions but don't know if I can post the link here. Pm me if you are interested
I would love to have your list, I will try to remember to PM you, but if I don't, please send it my way :-) There are 9 in my family and I used to cook alot more than I do now, but we had several big changes in a small amount of time, so cooking from scratch had to go :-(

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we are a family of 12 and we do a lot of meal flipping. So I cook 2 roast chickens in my roaster/crockpot and thats one dinner (with sides) then harvest the meat left overs to flip to meal #2 like chicken tacos or stirfry, then for meal #3 boil the carcasses down over night to make chicken soup.

most of my meat dishes are like that and can be flipped into 2 or 3 meals. We also do "stretchy beans", make out own bread and yogurt. My food budget is $700 a month and we rarely go over that.

We do a lot of veggies and fruit. Rice cereal/porridge in the morning is a huge hit and also a flip meal. If I do rice with say a stir fry the night before I make extra rice so that I can do porridge in the morning.
I have done the "meal flip" with chicken before, but I don't know how to do it with other things... can you give more examples? Also, what are stretchy beans? I have done the bread, yogurt, and rice too... Thanks for your expertise :-)

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My grandmother cooked like this for her family of nine (ten when I showed up!)

She could do a million things with potatoes. One of my wedding gifts was "101 potato recipes". Dh and I were poor college students and we ate a LOT of potatoes!
What were some of your favorites? :-) I like potatoes, but I do baked, and loaded mashed... and that is about it LOL I am not super creative

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twice baked potatoes stuffed with veggies are a good side and very filling. they also keep/freeze well for leftovers.

soup, salad, bread dinners are easy to double/triple/or more, freeze well and are very nourishing.

ive been meaning to bake eggs in muffin tins and then assemble breakfast sandwiches from english muffins and serve/freeze...that's an easy way to make a bunch of eggs at once and not have to be hovering over the pan.

frozen pizzas that you add veggies and meats to are a real big hit aroudn here. costco sells cheese pizzas that are surprisingly made from very whole, natural ingredients...tho i imagine making your own pizzas are more cost effective.

i really need guidance budgeting. we eat/take out a LOT.
Do you bake the eggs and then sandwich them between English muffins or are they served separate? This sounds interesting to me :-) I like saving steps :-) That is kindof what we do with bacon... instead of pan fried, we layer it on a cooling rack inside of a cookie sheet and broil it. Saves the grease (for use later) and cooks the bacon PERFECTLY, at once, and a lot less mess :-)

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Old 01-10-2013, 07:51 AM   #32
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Ditto the doubling!

I have a huge crockpot, a huge stainless steel pot, a huge roasting, and a huge round pan for the oven that is 2" thick and a 17" Lodge cast iron skillet! The skillet is oven proof and is large enough to cook fried rice for the whole family w/leftovers or to do any casserole. I use the big round "cake" pan for casseroles, too. In the crockpot I can do meat, but not enough veggies....I have to add to the meal.

If I'm making a whole roaster chicken I add extra drumsticks so that the kids all get a leg. I stretch out meat when I make burritos, asian dishes etc by adding lots of rice and veggies! With spaghetti sauce it's more sauce less meat. HTH!
That's a great idea!

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Ditto the doubling!

I have a huge crockpot, a huge stainless steel pot, a huge roasting, and a huge round pan for the oven that is 2" thick and a 17" Lodge cast iron skillet! The skillet is oven proof and is large enough to cook fried rice for the whole family w/leftovers or to do any casserole. I use the big round "cake" pan for casseroles, too. In the crockpot I can do meat, but not enough veggies....I have to add to the meal.

If I'm making a whole roaster chicken I add extra drumsticks so that the kids all get a leg. I stretch out meat when I make burritos, asian dishes etc by adding lots of rice and veggies! With spaghetti sauce it's more sauce less meat. HTH!
For your Mexican dishes, using fideo is a huge time saver. It cooks up super fast and can be used in tacos, burritos, cassaroles, etc just like rice. I just boil some up in a little bit of water with salsa or tomato bullion and use it as a side as well. Toss scambled eggs, beans and veggies into it and it makes a quick/filling main dish with some more veggies, torlillas and a salad on the side. My family likes a little cheese and sour cream/greek yogurt on top when we eat it as a main dish, but that's a personal prefernce thing.

Oh and it's really cheap too.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:54 PM   #34
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Not a mom of many but having soup or salad before the main is another good way to fill up and stretch food, also soup is cheap and uses up leftovers
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I buy the 20lb bag of rice and serve that as a side. We also stretch Chili by serving it over rice. Beef stew is another staple that will go really far with a $5 cut of meat. I just found dishes that make alot. Some of the family favorites are 'chicken fingers' made out of chicken breasts, curried chicken, chili, lamb/beef stew, black bean burritos, stuffed peppers, pork bbq, and homemade mac and cheese are some of our staples. I'll also make up soups once in a while (a beef bone with meat around it makes a huge pot of soup). I also give my dad the stuff to make jambalaya and meatballs because about $12 worth of those will last about 4 meals!! Oh and my husband eats ALOT!
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I'm making Chicken Pot Pie tonight In my big roaster and topping it with baking powder biscuits. It will go very far. And I only used 4 leg quarters......
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nice thread
this is what I do
-add a garlic bread, french bread or buttered buns to make it stretch.
-salad, coleslaw keeps well and is healthy, especially if you make your own dressing
-healthy desert to top every one up
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