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Old 08-05-2013, 09:21 AM   #51
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Re: Help! Meals for big families...

double or triple your food. I am going to suggest that you spend one day a week cooking multiple meals that you can freeze and then take out and serve as needed.

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Old 08-07-2013, 07:56 PM   #52
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Ok I have a recipe for cheesy chicken spaghetti

Boil 1 whole chicken with water garlic celery flakes and salt

Save the water
Debone the chicken
Boil 1 to 2 pkg spaghetti in the chicken water. Add water if needed

Once the spaghetti is done save the water again and use it
To thin the sauce

In a big stock pot empty 1 family size can of chicken and 1 family size cream of mushroom. Cut up a half or whole large block of velveeta depending on how cheesy you want it and heat on med low until melted adding the hot noodle water to thin. You can make it fairly thin since it will thicken as it cools. Cut up the chicken mix it into cheese mix. You can now mix in the noodles or pour it over the noodles. I prefer to mix but it is hard to stir with a big batch.
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Old 10-11-2013, 04:50 PM   #53
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Re: Help! Meals for big families...

I definitely vote for limiting the main course, but having lots of sides like veggies and starches to fill in the gaps.

Stews and stir-fries are great for making the expensive ingredients last longer, too.
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:05 PM   #54
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To stretch chicken breasts, I cut then in half. We eat 50-75% of what we would eat if they were whole breasts.
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Old 10-13-2013, 11:34 PM   #55
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I came from a family of big eaters and lots of us. My mom would have never dreamed of not eating with us, and my dad would never have allowed her to skip dinner. But with that said, we all ate together every night. No body sat down to dinner until all of us did. It was all made at once, kids set the table and helped mom carry food out, and we sat down and ate. If we forgot something or needed something (spoon, katchup, ect...) once mom was sitting down, it was one of the kid's jobs to run for it. That right there might help you out. Then work on not making meat the main attraction. Chicken breasts, can be used in soup or cassarole or pot pie. Hamburger same thing, or in a sauce such as for goulash or stroganoff. It does sound like maybe you need to cook more food, but 8 sausages for your family, should be plenty, nobody needs more than one sausage and little kids only need 1/2. But if there isn't enough else than no, it won't be enough. I still cook huge for my family of three because I was raised cooking big amounts. I have a hard time even now scaling back. We eat a lot of soup, stew, taco soup, and chili in the winter. It's an easy one pot meal that we can all sit down to together.
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Old 10-14-2013, 10:16 AM   #56
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This thread is kinda old but I think it's very helpful to those of us that have larger families!! Love the recipes!!
I too need to do more sides with our meals! We eat a lot of Mexican food in our family and tortillas are a staple for sure. They help fill us up in our meals. Even at breakfast!!
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