Large Family Good Eats on a Budget

We are a family of 7. We have allergies in our family so we do not eat dairy, eggs, or nuts. I compiled this list of simple and cheap meal ideas a little while back and thought that I would share it with you. I always focus on the protein. I try my hardest to have a variety of foods at each meal. Even if it is just a few slices of carrot sticks and a pickle to add some variety.

Breakfast Ideas

  • Oatmeal or creamy rice with peaches and brown sugar
  • Oatmeal or creamy rice with apples, cinnamon, brown sugar
  • Oatmeal or creamy rice with raisins and brown sugar
  • Oatmeal or creamy rice with coconut milk and peaches
  • Breakfast Skillet – potatoes, onions, veggies, and meat cooked on stove
  • Homemade Pancakes

Main Dish Ideas

  • Stew – meat, veggies, potatoes (make it thinner like soup if you need to stretch it farther – serve with bread or buns)
  • Shepherds Pie – any meat, veggies, and then mashed potatoes on top
  • Soups – meat or beans, veggies, starch (potato, pasta, or rice)
  • Potato Soup with bits of ham (you could take one slice and cut it up really small or grate it to)
  • Potato and Leek Soup – potatoes and leeks
  • Chili (heavy on the beans and veggies)
  • Chiligetti – chili with noodles
  • Spanish Rice – pasta sauce with rice – usually I add veggies and hamburger too
  • Sweet and Sour (pork, chicken, etc) – you can make this with pineapple juice (from a tin of pineapple), vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, cornstarch then serve with rice and veggies
  • Honey Garlic (pork or chicken) – you just need some honey and fresh garlic
  • Beef and Broccoli – stir fry the beef and broccoli and serve over rice
  • Tuna Salad  – tuna, green relish or pickles, mayo, fine chopped celery, raisins, grated carrots… could be served with lettuce or bread
  • Hamburger, kidney beans, corn, and rice
  • Tuna Casserole – tuna, elbow noodles, and peas (canned or frozen)
  • Spaghetti – hamburger, peppers, onion, tomato, sauce, and noodles

Snack Ideas

  • Carrot or other veggie slices
  • Apple or other fruit slices
  • Popcorn – cook the kernels in oil on a pot on the stove
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Fruit Juice Popsicles

Other Fun Ideas

  • Honey Garlic Dip – honey, garlic, and eggless mayo
  • Homemade Ice Tea – 6 tea bags, water, lemon juice, and sugar
  • Lemonade – lemon juice, water, and sugar
  • Quick Pancake Syrup – simmer a few tablespoons of jam with some water in a pot on the stove.

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What are your simple and cheap ideas for feeding your family?