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Budget Eats for the Big Family

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Apparently we are considered a larger family as a family of 7.  I don’t know that I see it that way unless we are talking about the meal table.  All five of my kids are BIG eaters.  I mean they can out eat some grown men.  Now, two of my kids have a food issue, and they would eat until they were sick.  Over the years I have worked a healthy amount for them that is probably twice what I eat, but that is just right for them.

So how does one feed a healthy meal to a larger family on a budget?

Fix easy lunches.

I make this meal about twice a month.  It works for lunches 2-3 days, it’s healthy, and it’s a favorite of my kids. I make a big pot of bean soup, a healthy fat filled cornbread, and a side salad.

Bean Soup

  • 5 cups of 10 bean mix
  • bag of frozen corn (used ours from the garden last year)
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • water
  • 1 TBS of garlic
  • 2 tsp. taco seasoning
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. pepper
  • salt to taste

Instructions-

  1. The night before fill a pot with the 5 cups of beans and water to cover 2 inches above the beans.
  2. In the morning drain the water, rinse the beans, and fill with more water. (You will thank me for this tip, it reduces the gas.)
  3. Put in the tomatoes, corn, and spices except for the salt.
  4. Bring pot to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to med/low and cover.
  6. Cook for approximately 2 hours.  You will know when your beans are tender.
  7. Add salt to taste.

That’s it!  I would share my cornbread recipe, but I don’t have a set in stone, love love love recipe just yet.  You could also boil a pot of brown rice and top the rice with the bean soup, top with cheese if you eat dairy, and add some guacamole.  That is another favorite of this with our kids.

Eat up ya’ll!

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