If you have a look at an average family spending, food expense is one of the common budget busters. In fact, many families literally eat through their earnings, knowingly spending more than they can afford on eateries. This article will give you recipe ideas of budget meals for large families that can help you cut the food cost.

One of the best ways to do away with this bloated budget category is to prepare your own meals at home. And there are a variety of tasty and cheap meals for large families which you can cook at home with few ingredients and very little time.

This list consists of affordable foods which can feed four to seven at a budget of less than $15. Actually, some may even be cheaper than what you see here. The prices are an average of prices found on most online shops. Try to have a better planning of your meals and you will not only find this list essential but also good for your family. Let us go!

1. Bean Chili and Turkey

If there is something that is full of flavor, cheap, filling, exceptionally healthy, and which you can customize in multiple ways is beans. There is no need to worry if you’ve got more than 5 to feed. Simply toss in an extra can of beans and an additional cup of water. It’s advisable to go for the variety your family enjoys, not all crave pinto beans as I do.

For less than $15, you’ll be able to get ingredients that can make a big batch of chili which is enough to feed five to seven people. Just grab your cans of beans, one pound ground turkey, and your preferred additives(not forgetting the essential ones) then you are good to go.

Heat oil in an average pot over some medium heat. Immediately the oil starts to ripple, put the ground meat. When the meat is about half cooked, add onions and pepper. Get a lid then cover it for about 5 minutes until it’s softened. Add garlic and stir then let it cook for another minute.

Your next step will be to add the beans, a can of tomatoes, and other spices. Stir to combine then lastly add 3 cups of water and allow the mixture to boil. After boiling, turn the heat down and cover and simmer for another 20 minutes as you stir to prevent the chili from sticking to the bottom of the pan

 Bean Chili and Turkey;Budget Meals for large families
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2. Vegetable fried rice

This dish puts together the nutty flavor of brown rice with the fresh taste of bell peppers, baby peas, and other vegetables. Brown rice is arguably more nutritious than white rice, but they typically cost the same amount.

If you are fond of feeding your family on white rice, then it’s time you switch to brown for health benefits. A medical study in 2010 revealed that feeding on 50 grams of brown rice a day reduces the risk of type two diabetes by around 20 percent.

For fried brown rice and veggies, you’ll need only $10 to prepare a meal that feeds more than 4 family members. After you’ve got 2 cups of brown rice and your preferred veggies plus spices, embark on its preparation.

Heat oil in medium -high heat. Quickly add ginger and bell pepper and then stir in the oil and let it cook for 15 seconds. Add chopped vegetables and stir then continue cooking for until the vegetables become soft.

Next, add four cups of your cooked brown rice and stir then let it cook until the rice becomes shimmery then add soy sauce to coat the contents of your pan. You can add beaten eggs and let cook until it’s no longer wet. Put off your gas and serve.

Vegetable Fried Rice ;Budget Meals For Large Families

3: Jambalaya

Jambalaya is a popular West African dish with Spanish and French influence consisting majorly of vegetables, and meat mixed with rice. Frankly, chicken and rice is an old staple of cost-friendly cooking.

By adding a few spices including sausage and whatever else you get around in the kitchen, you can simply turn the rice and chicken into Jambalaya and surprise people at the dining table.

At a cost of $15,you’ll have chicken, sausage, two cups of uncooked rice plus all the ingredients you need for a meal which will serve more than six.

 Heat oil in some large heavy Dutch oven over medium heat. Use cajun seasoning to season the sausage and chicken pieces. Separately saute both the sausage and chicken pieces until browned.

Go ahead and sauté onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic until tender. Stir in crushed tomatoes, and season with red pepper, black pepper, salt, hot pepper sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and Filé Powder.

Stir in chicken and sausage. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the rice and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Serve your food.

Jambalaya Rice ;Budget Meals For Large Families

4. Spaghetti meat sauce 

The long, thin, solid,cylindrical noodle pastas usually tastes like something out of this planet. Spaghetti is usually delicious, filling and feeds a lot of people. At just $12,you’ll have all that it takes to prepare a spaghetti meat sauce that serves 4.

To make the best spaghetti sauce, you simply need to brown the ground beef and drain off any excess fat. Then, throw in the chopped celery, onion, and garlic and cook until the vegetables soften. So far, so good?

Dump the rest of the homemade pasta sauce ingredients into the pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Once the spaghetti sauce is boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer on the stove for another 3 hours. I know 3 hours sounds like forever, but that’s how long it takes to make a rich, flavorful meat sauce.

Once the homemade spaghetti sauce has had time to simmer, all that’s left to do is boiling the spaghetti noodles according to package instructions and dish it up

Spaghetti Meat Sauce ;Budget Meals For Large Families