Easy Meals on a Budget




Is it possible to feed a large family on a budget? This is the question I asked myself after realizing how much money we used to spend on food.

I usually do a meal plan for the month. It saves me time and money. But to do this I need to keep track of expenses, as well as a list of cheap yummy meals that the kids would enjoy.

Did you know that according the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that the average family spends over $7000 per year on food. Wow! Now can you imagine having a large family food bill?




Learning how to become a frugal shopper, meal plan and create cheap meals that the family enjoys will save you tons of money.

So, I talked with the family and they have shared a few of their favorite meals with me. I have gathered the recipes and will share a few in hopes to inspire your kitchen adventures!


You might also enjoy: ​Learn While Cooking (raisingourtribe.org)


Mexican Tater Tot Casserole (Victoria’s favorite!)-we double this recipe for our large tribe

There is something about adding tater tots to a dish that makes it especially yummy to my kids. What is great about this recipe is that it’s EASY and QUICK.


You can add anything to this recipe!

Ingredients:

• 1 lb ground beef (I have used deer meat)

• 1 onion diced

• 1 packet of taco seasoning

• 1 small can of green chilis

• 1 can of black beans

• 1 bag of frozen corn

• 1 can of red enchilada sauce

• 3 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

• 4 cups of frozen tater tots

• Cilantro -optional for garnish

• Sour cream-lots of it!


Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray large pan (it will stick!).

2. Brown the ground beef and onion. Drain off excess fat. Return to skillet. Add in the taco seasoning packet, green chilis, black beans, corn, and the enchilada sauce to the meat.

3. Over medium heat cook about 10 minutes.

4. Add in ½ of the shredded cheese to the meat mixture.

5. Pour into baking dish. Place the tater tots over top. Bake for approximately 40 minutes.

6. Remove from oven, add the remaining cheese over the tops. Bake another 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

7. Serve with a huge helping of sour cream on the top!



Broccoli Cheese Soup (Artur loves this!)-Remember, I double and sometimes triple each recipe. Soup is nice to make extra to have for another day.


Great for a cold winter night.

Ingredients:

• Broccoli

• Garlic

• Heavy cream

• Chicken broth

• Shredded cheddar cheese


Instructions:

1. Saute garlic-I like to add a little butter

2. Add chicken broth, heavy cream and chopped broccoli

3. Add the cheese, stirring constantly until melted. This will help thicken the soup.

TIP-avoid having the heat too high when adding the cheese or after

4. You can puree the broccoli-or what I do is simply cut in small pieces.

Customize your soup by adding bacon. My boys love bacon!


I can honestly say that I have no measurements for this particular soup. I just add!

Serve with yummy bread of your choice and a salad for a complete meal.


Another Winter Favorite: ​Best White Chili Ever (raisingourtribe.org)


Ham and Cheese Quiche (Peyton says this is awesome!)

This is a simple, yet tasty breakfast, lunch or dinner. To keep it as easy as possible we are starting with a store bought pie crust and loading it up with an easy mixture of cubed ham, cheese, and eggs. This recipe can be adapted to your taste or with whatever you have in the cabinets and frig! We have played around with various meats, veggies, and cheeses. I love to put salsa on top of mine.




Ingredients:

• Eggs-4 per pie crust

• Ham or your choice of meat

• ½ onion

• Cheese-lots!

• Veggies if you choose-we love broccoli in our quiche

• Mushrooms if you choose

• Half and half-one cup

• Seasonings-we use Italian (1/2 tsp)


Instructions:

1. Preheat the oven and bake the pie crust for about 10 minutes.

2. Cook the onions in butter (you can’t go wrong with butter!)

3. Whisk together the eggs, half and half, and seasonings of your choice

4. Add in the diced ham and cheese. We like to mix to cheeses such as swiss and cheddar.

5. Pour everything in the pie crust. Put on cookie sheet and bake!


You may also enjoy: ​Faith, Family, and Food | Raising Our Tribe



Need a little inspiration? The girls and I loved the Movie: Julie and Julia.

A very frustrated New Yorker, Julie Powell embarks on a daring project-she vows to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Child’s cookbook, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.”

The movie intertwines the true tale of how Julia Child’s learn to cook.




Nothing brings people together like good food!



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Welcome to our home, my name is Michele. My husband, Walter, and I have been happily married (most of the time) for 28 years. My husband is the Pastor of Strong Tower Church while I work as a Critical Care Nurse. Together, we have been blessed with 10 beautiful children.

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