Breakfast Ideas

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?

    The Quest For Eggless Muffins

    I am supposed to make muffins for breakfast this morning – according to my new menu plan – and I don’t have a suitable recipe. I have a great recipe for muffins which don’t have any eggs or dairy, but they have flax (which I am out of). So, I set out again in search of recipes for eggless muffins.

    When I have searched for recipes before without any egg or dairy (Hosanna’s allergies), I have  looked for vegan recipes. Sometimes vegan recipes use weird ingredients (no offense to any vegans reading), so today, I decided to search for eggless muffins and just replace any milk (if I need to). I really miss eggs.

    I found this Vegan Blueberry Muffin recipe that looks promising.

    They replace the egg with vinegar. I haven’t heard of this before. I have lots of vinegar (and it’s cheap).

    The recipe calls for milk and I happen to have a bit of soy milk in the fridge. I would have used water or water mixed with the leftover jam from the bottom of the almost empty jar in the fridge.

    It calls for lemon zest, but I don’t have any lemons to zest. I do have oranges that I could zest.

    Let me tell you a funny story about my oranges. We did our major grocery shop on Friday and I bought three bags of oranges. Only one made it into the fridge and the other two went missing. We looked high and low for them. We looked in my sister’s van (she drove me), we looked all over the house. We could not find these oranges. Well, I opened the deep freeze to pull out something and there, in the deep freezer, sitting nicely on top, were the two bags of oranges. The oranges were completely frozen.  I didn’t know what else to do, so I shoved the oranges into the fridge in hopes that they thaw and are edible. I’ll let you know how it goes. (They zested well, but my husband says that the innards taste like watered down orange juice).

    The recipe calls for blueberries and I think the berries in my freezer are blackberries and not blueberries. Yup, they were. They were really sour too, so I went with the full amount of sugar.

    In the interest of getting breakfast on the table and not making everyone wait even longer, I am going to attempt this recipe and see what happens. Normally, I would search out a few (or a few dozen) and pick the one I liked best.

    I made a double batch of the recipe (doubling everything). The batter tasted good (which is usually a good sign). I only have a jumbo six pan (I really need to get some new muffin tins) and the first pan is in the oven.

    I wanted to get some nice pictures of the muffins when they came out of the oven, but everyone gobbled them up so quickly I didn’t get a chance.

    The recipe made 15 jumbo muffins and fed 7 hungry bears.

    The muffins were delicious and this recipe is definitely a keeper.

    What is your favorite muffin recipe?

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