Help! Cheap Easy meal for large group!

Zharna - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I have my mother and all of my siblings and partners plus flatmates here for dinner this weekend. Totalling 8 adults plus a few kids. I don't have alot of money but am expected to feed all of them and only used to feeding 3 or 4 people at a meal. Plus would like to put on a decent meal for them (I'm the black sheep of the family so want to make a good impression)

Anyone have any cheap easy but nice meal ideas for me!

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Shawn - posted on 01/06/2010

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When ever I am cooking for a big group I like to do casseroles so that you don't have to worry about side dishes.
Chicken and Biscuits
2-3 lbs chicken either skinless or remove the skin yourself.
2 cans of mixed vegetables( I like the unsalted)
3 cans cream of chicken soup
1can cream of mushroom soup
1-2 large onions
pepper to taste
2 cans of biscuits generic is fine.
4 cups cheese

Boil the chicken and then pull apart(takes aproximately 30 minutes)
Once chicken is cooked and pulled apart place in a bowl and mix in rest of ingredients except biscuits and 2 cups cheese. Dump into a 13x9 pan sprinkle with 2 cups cheese bake on 350 for 30 minutes remove from oven and place biscuits on top of mixture and bake until the biscuits are golden brown.

Chelsea - posted on 01/07/2010

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Barbeque chicken legs! Usually 4 or 5 bucks for 10 or 12 legs. Big bottle of Barbeque sauce. Put everything in a big pot in the morning. Get the sauce bubbling and then turn it down to between medium and low. You can cook them for as long as you want, usually for four or five hours, the longer they cook the more tender the meat and it falls off the bone easily. They are very good and are a big hit with my family!

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Rochelle - posted on 10/14/2012

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Thanks for the info. Im going to try a few of these recipes. I have a childcare facility and looking to expand my menu. Its really hard to come up with inexpensive yet nutritious food. Thanks!

Alice - posted on 04/13/2011

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I made Chicken Ala King last weekend and it was wonderful. It would feed a lot. You could just add a salad and bread.. Or a Lasagna, or spaghetti. I would need to know how much money you were planning on spending before I could really tell you but the Chicken ala King I made for about $10 or 12 I think. I would need to double check and be sure. This is the recipe I went by although I did change a few things. http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1639,156181-236198,00.html I used a bag of frozen peas and carrots, no corn, or green beans. I also had a small can of mushrooms and a small jar of pimientos I added. I sort of combined it with this recipe... http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,1639,158183-232197,00.html

I also used a large bag of egg noodles that I served it with. send me an email to jonesiegal@gmail.com and I can send you a picture of the finished product. If you need help I could write up a new recipe that would make since on how to combine the two. Oh Goulash is cheap and easy to make too.

Shawn - posted on 01/06/2010

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Enchiladas

2-3 lbs ground beef
2-3 large onions
cheese
3 small cans of green chilis
2 tomatos
3 cans red enchilada sauce
1 can green enchilada sauce
package of 12 tortillas
2 can refried beans
1 can large olives
1/2 lb cheese

Fry hamburger in a little vegetable or olive oil(helps maintain color and flavor). Drain hamburger grease and place in a bowl mix one can of enchilada sauce in hamburger, dice some of the onions and place inside of hamburger sauce mixture. Pour 1/2 can of green chili sauce into bottom of each 13x9 pans(you will need2) Lay tortillas out spread with thin layer of refried beans and put hamburger ontop sprinkle with a little cheese do this to all 12 tortillas and roll them individually place in the pans pour the rest of the enchilada sauce over the top. Cut up olives, tomatos, and onions and sprinkle over the top along with the rest of the cheese. Bake on 350 for about 45 minutes
You do not need to use as many onions as I do my family loves onions.

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Frypan Chicken and Rice
1 tbsp oil 1/2 cup water
1 lb chicken 1/2 tsp basil leaves
1 can chicken broth 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 cup sliced carrots 3/4 cup white rice
1 cup frozen cut green beans

Heat oil at med-high in non-stick frypan. Add chicken and brown. Remove chicken. Combine broth, water, carrots, beans, basil and garlic powder in frypan. Bring to boil, stirring often. Reduce heat. Stir in rice. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add chicken. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until rice and chicken are cooked.

All you have to do is double the recipe for more people. You can substitue the veggies for ones that your family likes. I often change the green beans for brocolli and brown or wild rice for white rice. If you do change the rice, you will want to use already cooked brown or wild rice. Good luck.

Diane - posted on 01/06/2010

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Spaghetti and meatballs is always easy and inexpensive, and so is lasagna. I use the recipe for lasagna on the back of the Barrilla lasagna noodles (the ones that are made to be used without cooking them first) and it is so easy! Probably two 9x13 pans of lasagna would be enough. Then just do salad and garlic bread with it. Or, a big ol' pot of chili is great this time of year. My kids love mine on french fries, or with cheese and sour cream on top, and I use corn chips in place of crackers.

Taco Chili

2 pounds ground beef

1 envelope taco seasoning

two cans tomato soup

1 can kidney beans

1 can pinto beans

1 can chili tomatoes

1 can corn



Brown ground beef, add all the rest of the ingredients and simmer until beans are tender.

Garnish with sour cream, cheese, onions, corn chips, anything like that.

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