Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Cooking for a Big Family: Keeping tummies full

When raising a large family, meal time is a battle. Feeding a large family takes A LOT of food, and the need only grows as the children grow. Just when you're through cooking, 5 minutes later someone is hungry again. And, if you're like me when cooking for a big family, I either make way too much or not enough. Luckily, I have found a few inexpensive ways to make meals go further and to keep tummies full and happy.

Keeping Tummies Full for Breakfast
One thing I noticed right away is the fact boxed cereal does nothing. It solves hunger short-term, but 15 minutes later the kids are hungry again. Plus, it's loaded with sugar. I noticed the kids stay full and content much longer when I actually cook breakfast. So I don't go through a dozen eggs every morning, I also make muffins, toast, English muffins, or bagels to help hold them over for a couple of hours. Bananas are also a great way to keep little tummies full.

Keeping Tummies Full for Lunch
Fruit and vegetables are a life saver at lunch time. Every lunch we have a fruit salad or carrots along with their regular lunch. Often, we have yogurt, too. Even with these things added, it still usually means 2 sandwiches per kid, but they stay full for a couple of hours.

Keeping Tummies Full for Dinner
Dinner adds a little more room for creativity when it comes to making meals go further when cooking for a big family. Biscuits, rolls, and corn bread can really make a small meal stretch. Simple things, such as adding a can of corn into a dish or rice, really makes dinner go further. We also have a salad every night, which helps keep the little tummies happy.

There are many tricks you can use to keep tummies full when you're cooking for a big family, but these are a few of our favorites.

How do you make meals go further when cooking for a big family?

1 comment:

  1. Lots of great meal ideas, Alyssa!
    Did you ever try steel cut oats for breakfast? You can make it in the slow cooker overnight!