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Hello again! I have my Aunt and her family coming for the week of Thanksgiving. So I will be cooking for a family of 9 instead of the usual family of 4. We have a small house, but have enough room to accomodate everyone, but I need help in making meals as quick, easy, and cheap as possible.

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    Hello again!

    I have my Aunt and her family coming for the week of Thanksgiving. So I will be cooking for a family of 9 instead of the usual family of 4. We have a small house, but have enough room to accomodate everyone, but I need help in making meals as quick, easy, and cheap as possible. My Thanksgiving menu is pretty much complete, but I will need to keep things simple the rest of the week, especially the day before Thanksgiving as I will be in the kitchen preparing for the meal the next day. Since my family of 4 has a strict budget, I need inexpensive and quick and easy meals for our extended family for the week. Crockpot recipes or casserole recipes will be much appreciated, but keep in mind that I will be feeding 9 people which includes 4 adults, 1 teenage boy, and 4 preteen girls. Yes, I know, I will have my hands full. That is why I am in desperate need of some help in planning my meals for the week. I have a 12 quart and a 6 quart Nesco roaster/oven that is useful in making large crockpot type meals.

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    I fyou have any frozen meats to spare how about: In your crockpot - huge pot of chili, shepards pie (hamurger,gravey peas,corn, covered with mashed potatoes - you can even used instant), Chicken & dumpling (easy and great for the crock pot too), mac n cheese bake (mac n cheese with ham or even spam baked with bread crumbs and check on top) - this should at least cover the Mon, Tues and Wed before Thanksgiving - then you have the big dinner and leftovers the next day. If they are to arrive on Sunday I would suggest that they bring a couple covered dishes to help with Sunday dinner. Homemade bread is good also with each meal because it is a good filler too. I hope I was able to help some. Make sure you get REST!! Good Luck and God Bless!!
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    Spaghetti, Beef rice with gravy are good and filling as well. I'd do things like grilled cheese sandwiches and soups for lunches. I would definetely do Chili and corn bread the day before, its a one pot meal with 1 pan in the oven.

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    I forgot to mention that my Aunt's husband comes from an Italian family, so fixing Italian foods is out of the question. They get too much of that from his side of the family and they are always hoping for something different. Otherwise, I wouldn't be in a panic right now. I have several cheap and easy Italian recipes. Oh well. For breakfasts, I have been stocking up on cereal when it goes on sale, so that isn't a problem. Lunch can be pretty simple with sandwiches. Dinners are the main issue right now, as well as desserts. Again, my Aunt's husband is one of those that has to have a dessert after every meal. Leftovers from Thanksgiving will be easy on Friday. Saturday I can plan on doing something out on the grill, like hotdogs or hamburgers. The chili suggestions might be a good idea. I appreciate all of the suggestions, so keep them coming.

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    A pot roast would feed several-its not italian -does he do Pizza? Homemade pizza can go far. Soups are a good money saver also.

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    Just a thought, what about spagetti noodles with the leftover chili on top?? lots of cheese and onions....with some crackers??
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    I found a recipe that I am gonna try later this week and it is one of Paula Deen's recipes.
    Poor Man's Mignon:
    Hamburger Meat
    Paula's House Seasoning: Mix together 1 cup salt, 1/4 cup pepper, and 1/4 cup garlic powder.
    Sliced bacon

    Pattie out as many steaks as needed and season with house seasoning. Wrap bacon around patties and grill or bake in oven.
    You can serve them with baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.
    Add a veggie or salad and some dinner rolls.
    Yum!
    I also make chili and spaghetti and we always have great leftovers.
    My mom made us a wonderful beef stew the other day and you can use cheaper cuts of meat and they will tenderize and fall to pieces in the crock pot. Just add some frozen or can veggies, can tomatoes, and can potatoes at the end. I season mine with some worchestershire sauce, garlic, pepper, and other asst. seasonings. I also added a little ketchup or you can add tomato paste or sauce to help stretch the soup.
    Hope this helps!

    I visited allrecipes.com last night and found that part where some of you suggested typing in ingredients you have to come up with recipes and I found some great and inexpensive recipes. Thanks!

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    With the Poor Mans Mignon, we use to make something similar called a poor mans fillet just the same as above except we would add some cubes of pepper jack cheese in the middle. The leaner the meat the better it tastes.

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    I spent some time with my DH twin sister and was amazed with her! It's just her & hubby --3 kids grown and left. She whipped up this huge casserole. I thought she was crazy! But right at dinner time all kinds of people started walking in. She says they just started coming so she feeds them-- every day! anyway this is what she fixed the night I was there and it's became a family favorite here!

    Aunt Lee's Chicken Noodle Casserole

    3 Large cans chicken Noodle Soup
    1 large can Cream of Chicken Soup
    1 1/2 cup rice uncooked
    1 pound Hamburger- browned and crumbled
    1 1/2 can of water

    throw it all together in a large pan and bake covered 1 hour at 350

    We have a family tradition for the day before Thanksgiving. I leave paper plates, ect on dining room table and assorted chips, ect. I have a cooler in there with lots of ice packs, a shaved ham and a few salads. I have a big bowl covered with plastic and assorted rolls and they can come in any time during the day/evening and make a sandwich and add trimmings. But no one comes into my kitchen unless they are there to help!

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    Make a Large Pot of Boston Baked Beans- Super easy, you just throw everything in the crockpot and it does all the work, but tastes like you cooked for days.

    If you feel like actually cooking, make some yeast rolls & Coleslaw to go with it. Super Super Easy and the leftovers can be converted into Chili or smashed beans, etc.

    Some other Easy Ideas:

    • Homemade Mac/Cheese with Ham & Broccoli -
    • Chop Suey (Macaroni-Canned Tomatoes- lb ground beef- salt & pepper- dash oregano)
    • Apricot Chicken
    • Sweet & Sour Meatballs or Meatball Subs- Another really Cheap Meal that will feed Tons of people
    • Homemade Pizza- easy to make, cheap, and again, most everyone will chow on it


    Since you will be having them for the week, figure to plan ahead for breakfasts.

    You could make Cinnamon rolls and freeze them ahead of time so all you have to do is pop them in the oven.
    Overnight French Toast Casserole (get the day old French bread at walmart for 1/2 price, just ask the bakery to reduce it, they will. It's perfect for this recipe)

    The Mexican Casserole Dish I posted in the blog last week is Great for feeding groups of people and is really fast/easy to make.

    Also- it helps to have a few side dishes in the fridge like potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, that sort of thing.

    For lunches- grill cheese sandwiches, Poor Boys (Toast bread, add slices of tomato & cheese, mayo), Cucumber Sandwiches (my fave as a kid!),

    Some tips for getting ready:

    1. Take a look around your kitchen/pantry/freezer to see what you have on hand to work with

    2. check with the family that's coming to find out if anyone is allergic to anything (life threatening allergy) not just, "I don't want it cuz I don't like it" type of thing. (They can always have a grilled cheese or pb & j instead) After all- you're not running a restaurant!

    3. Create any meals that you can make ahead of time and stick them in the freezer.. casseroles freeze well, muffins- various kinds make great simple cheap fast snacks, etc

    4. Think they kids might want stuff to munch on, make some cookie dough and freeze it, while you're enjoying your company the kids can "bake" cookies for everyone.

    5. Dont forget to pre-plan a chore list for your family so you aren't the one getting stuck doing all the work!!!

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    Thanks for all of the ideas, keep 'm coming! I have had them all for a weekend before, but never for a whole week, and on a holiday to boot. This will be very interesting. Fortunately, my Aunt is very helpful, a great cook, but I am a planner and need to have it all layed out for myself ahead of time.

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    Need a dessert------Thinking of freezing---and have the space,
    go ahead and bake a couple of boxed cake mixes for dessert.
    Maybe 1 is two round shape such as carrot--then maybe a
    sheet cake that is a white cake...Freeze these cakes ahead
    of time, then pull out when needed and thaw them and frost
    them w/ a quick can of frosting... or serve white cake w/
    canned fruit or frozen fruit..
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    how about a pot of beans with cornbread, veggie soup, potato soup, try looking at some of the recipes that I added on here. I know you can search for my posts, I added lots a couple of weeks ago. They can all be made to feed several. good luck and I will continue trying to think of new things. I just put a bbq chicken on here in the crock pot area. it is very good and you can make as much or as little as you like. It also freezes well, so you can make all of your stuff ahead and freeze it. just a thought.

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    Just reading all these ideas is making me hungry!!! Great job yall!!
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    My favorite dessert is super cheap and can be adjusted to make a large amount. Take instant chocolate pudding, 2 cups milk like normal, and some cinnamon to taste (I add 1/2 tsp). Stir for 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup of whipped topping (thawed) and stir. For every additional box of pudding mix add 2 cups of milk, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, and 1/2 cup whipped topping. This can make a large amount of pudding for very little money and it is very very tasty. You could also change this up by adding mint flavor and serving over oreos, Using vanilla pudding and serving with nilla wafers, etc.

    Chocolate fondue can be cheap and easy to make. If you have a crock pot with a removable crock, you can melt the chocolate and any other ingredients you want to add (candy bars, nuts, caramel, coconut, etc.) in the oven while you enjoy dinner and just pop it in the base, set it on low, and serve. Use things like marshmallows, sliced fruit, graham crackers, cheesecake pieces, pound cake pieces, brownie pieces, etc. as dippers.

    You can also roast marshmallows if you have a fire pit as a fun and easy dessert. Everyone sitting around the fire pit telling what they are thankful for is optional.

    Root beer floats are easy to make and can be cheap depending on the ingredients used.

    Rice krispy treats are quick to make and can be pretty cheap. Drizzle them with chocolate or make them with candy pieces mixed in to jazz them up.

    For fancy turkey sandwiches after the holiday mix in a little leftover cranberry sauce with the mayo. You can also add other things to mayo like dill for ham sandwiches. Be creative and you can make up all kinds of yummy sandwich spreads. Leftover turkey tastes good on ciabatta with cream cheese and sliced strawberries.

    Mexican foods can be pretty inexpensive to make. Spanish rice, refried beans with cheese, tacos, burritos, enchiladas, taco salads, nachos, fajitas, picadillo, taquitos, etc. Here is a site that sells Tex-Mex seasonings with easy to follow recipes: Fiesta Seasonings I would recommend the Carne Guisada seasoning for large crowds as the meat is ground beef, it is easy to make, and it uses 4 ingredients (ground beef, oil, water, and the gravy seasoning). Serve this with flour tortillas, spanish rice, and refried beans. Whenever I can't make Italian dishes I always go for Mexican dishes as they are pretty cheap and very filling.

    Jambalaya is easy to make and can be served with sausage (I use the rope kind sliced up). It is also economical since it is mostly rice with a little bit of meat.

    Make your own potato bars are easy and fun. Buy large baking potatoes and cook them like normal. Let everyone choose their own toppings like cheese, bacon, chives, etc. and make it the main dish. Serve with a side of broccoli and cheese.

    BBQ is also a good bet. If you have a BBQ you can make some yourself (BBQ chicken, Brisket, etc.) or you can cook a couple pork loins in BBQ sauce then shred the meat and add more BBQ sauce. Serve on buns. Potato salad is always a good side with a cobbler (peach is great) for dessert.

    Kabobs are easy to make and every one can help. You can do fruit kabobs for dessert too.

    A great snack is popcorn. You can season it with all kinds of flavorings (they even sell special seasoning blends in the popcorn section) like cinnamon, chili powder, etc.

    Good Luck!

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