Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tricks for feeding a large family

*Rarely* do we serve just (1) food item at a time. If we did that, we'd PLOW thru food way too quickly. So for example this snack, everyone was fed, but we still have plenty of chips, almonds, & apples for a later time.

We do the same thing with breakfast. Everyone starts with (1) bowl of cereal. If people are still hungry, we give out things like 1/2 banana, cut fruit, handful of nuts, (1) granola bar (rather than both bars that come in a package), cottage cheese, applesauce, etc. If we let them fill up on cereal alone, we'd have to buy BOXES of them at a time.

We also do something similar with main meals.  We will oftentimes combine meats, like chicken and pork, or ground pork and ground beef, etc. so that each type of meat doesn't get plowed through in one meal and there will be enough left for some other meal.

Here's an example of our dinner tonight: stir fry.  There is chicken AND bacon in this.  Now, I still have 1/2 a package of chicken and several slices of bacon left for something else later!

Not sure if this saves on the grocery bill.  But it definitely prolongs the life and usage of food products.

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