Cooking for a large family?
A large family can be so much fun – more people to make you laugh and to keep you company in the kitchen.
But sometimes, when it comes to cooking for a large family, well, things can get pretty complicated – especially if you’re doing it alone.
Plan your meals
Doing weekly meal plans help with planning and grocery shopping so that you buy only what is needed. It also helps you to use leftovers well. If you’re roasting a chicken, for example, use the leftovers the next day for a pasta dish, or chicken and mayo sandwiches. If you plan well, you won’t have to stress about what to cook for dinner.
Prepare meals that s-t-r-e-t-c-h
If you have a packet of mince in your freezer, rather make spicy mince and eggs with chips or rice instead of frikaddels. Meals that keep tummies fuller for longer will prevent people wanting for second, or even third helpings. And remember, you can always add potatoes or baked beans to make this meal go even further.
Buy in bulk
When you notice discounts on certain food stuffs, try and buy these items in bulk. You could end up saving big bucks. Buying in bulk also helps a lot around month end when money becomes tight and you have to create meals with ingredients you already have in your kitchen cupboard.
Ask for help
Cooking for a small crowd can be hard work, especially when you’ve just got home from work after a long day. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. While you’re seasoning the chicken, get your partner or housemate to prepare a salad or peel a bunch of potatoes. This will cut down on prep time and allow everyone to tuck in much sooner – a really good reason for them to want to lend a hand!
Cooking for a family is actually a pleasure, right? And remember that any dish you create can only taste better if you add your favourite Aromat spice generously. Sprinkle on!