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.

Check out these fun ways to make water more interesting.

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

    Planning My Menu

    Please Note: Our daughter has allergies to dairy, eggs, and nuts, so I generally will not include a recipe with those things in it (unless I plan to modify it).

    I was really excited to discover that today was a holiday. Victoria Day kind of crept up on me this year, but I am very thankful for the extra day this weekend. It is nice and sunny outside and the kids are enjoying playing in the garden. My husband even planted some flower seeds this morning (during the twins morning nap).

    Here is my menu plan for the week:

    What is on your schedule for food this week?

    I am linking up with Menu Plan Monday this week. Check out all the awesome menus that other moms have planned.

    Large Family Good Eats – Cooking Class and Chocolate Cake


    We only have five weeks of school left in this year! I can’t even imagine where the time went. Did you have a chance to hop over and visit my guest post on Saturday? I know it was Mother’s Day weekend (Happy Mother’s Day by the way!) and many of you were busy with family things and may not have seen my twitters about it. (You do follow me on twitter, right?)

    I also visited two amazing posts about mothers that I wanted to share with you. Dawn over at 5 Kids and a Dog had a really awesome post where she shared memories of her mother. Sara over at Saving For Someday also had a great post reflecting on her mother and her own motherhood.

    Cooking Class

    Monday afternoons have become our cooking class. This week, we are baking cookies among other things… Yummy! More about that next week…

    This past week I made play dough with Moses. Although that recipe needs a little work, we still had fun making it and all the kids enjoyed playing with it.  Next, I made chocolate cake with Malachi. And then last but not least, I made brownie bites with Elisha using the chocolate cake recipe. Then daddy made pizza dough with Moses… we love our homemade pizza. One of these days, I need to share that recipe too.

    The kids really enjoyed cooking class last week and this week. We have 4 more weeks of cooking class, will you join us again?

    I was tweeting about the chocolate cake we made last week and had a request for the recipe (which has NO EGG and NO DAIRY). This cake is seriously AMAZING!

    Chocolate Cake

    • 3 cups flour
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup cocoa powder
    • 2 teaspoons baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 3/4 cups of oil
    • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 2 cups water

    Preheat the oven to 350. Grease and flour the pan (9 x 13 rectangle). Put the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, and salt into a large mixing bowl. Mix together with a whisk. Mix the wet ingredients together in another bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix until the batter just comes together. Pour the batter into your cake pan. Bake your cake for 35-40 minutes. Store wrapped on the counter.

    So, what are you cooking these days?

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