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July 19th, 2013, 09:35 AM
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I'm scratching my head here trying to keep dinner interesting (and eaten) that won't break the budget!
We have to feed 7 total. 2 of those family members are 11 year olds that eat like grown men.

Tonight I will make shepherd's pie, but I would love ideas!!!
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July 19th, 2013, 03:04 PM
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Everyone has been sharing their 2 favorite easy meals for large families in this thread http://www.justmommies.com/forums/f7...ily-meals.html (Large family meals!) maybe you'll get some inspiration there!
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July 19th, 2013, 03:38 PM
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Thanks!!
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July 19th, 2013, 04:22 PM
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My favorite site for meal ideas is Mel's Kitchen Cafe |. She is a mom of 5 and all her meals I've made have been wonderful. She only uses basic foods, nothing prepackaged. The most prepackaged I've seen is using a can of beans. Using basics really helps keep food costs down. A lot of her meals are simple enough for my 10 yr old to make after I show her once. She has yummy blender pancakes I make from white winter wheat. My girls can blend up the mix and I cook them. They aren't quite tall enough to flip pancakes yet.I only cook on the back burners with little ones around.
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July 19th, 2013, 04:54 PM
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Thank you SO much! I really appreciate that link!!

My 5 year old daughter loves to help cook so I have her doing the stuff I'm fairly certain won't cause loss of limb lol.
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July 19th, 2013, 05:46 PM
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My DD has always loved to help. She's actually useful now!

Mels kitchen cafe has some of the best desserts you've ever had! Her soups, casseroles and other dishes have been wonderful. Look through her best of recipes. I've been working my way through them. Her chocolate cheesecake is the most wonderful dessert ever! I love a lot of her desserts, but I need the cheesecake and I can't have any while pg. I have a severe sugar aversion, so I can't be in the same room as something sweet. Boy do I want some though! I might be directing my DH through making one if I can't postpartum. All I want is that dessert!
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July 20th, 2013, 10:52 AM
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Oh my.. I'm not a big fan of sweets but I do love to make them. I know how awful it is to crave something when pregnant and you can't have it!!!

I hope postpartum you get that chocolate cheesecake!!!
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Thanks! We are all going through withdrawals! My DD used to make Mels chocolate nutella mug cake all the time. Its a little microwave cake. We'd all share it with ice cream. Its really fast and just enough for a little dessert without making a huge production out of it.

Try her crock pot beef stew! Its amazing! Love her classic chili! Broccoli cheese soup is fast and easy to make. I've been going through her clam chowder recipes. I love all her meatball recipes. I make them smaller and double the batch. Then freeze the cooked meatballs and use them later. She has tons of different sauces to try. My kids love her herb cream sauce! If you like to bake, I love her breads. The Lion House rolls are requested for extended family gatherings. Her cinnamon rolls are wonderful. I love making her huge cinnamon roll in a cake pan. It makes a nice gift for a friend/neighbor.
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