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Old 12-14-2017, 11:12 PM   #9
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Default Re: Cheap, Healthy, Filling lunches for a large family?

Refried beans cooked in the Instant Pot. It makes a lot, and people can make bean bowls with cheese, salsa, sour cream, etc., or use the beans to make burritos. This recipe makes for plenty of leftovers, too. https://www.allergyfreealaska.com/20...refried-beans/

I haven't done this in a while, but I have made spaghetti with tomato sauce, and put black beans in it for the protein. Lately, I have made bagged frozen tortellini, which I have gotten usually as a BOGO, and then used a jar of pasta sauce and added pureed squash in it (I do have to add a little bit of seasoning to the sauce to hide the squash taste, but no one had a clue there was squash in the sauce ).

My kids aren't always huge on soup, but I found a cheeseburger soup recipe (made with cauliflower rather than potatoes) that almost everyone likes. I make this in the Instant Pot, set for 10 minutes on high pressure, and just use regular milk rather than the almond milk the recipe calls for. I also add chopped pickles, and a little bit of pickle juice. https://lowcarbyum.com/crock-pot-cheeseburger-soup/

Homemade sloppy joes, and mashed ranch cauliflower on the side is another go to dinner/lunch around here. I have been doing quite a bit of mashed cauliflower, as dh eats low carb, plus frozen cauliflower can be picked up pretty reasonably around here, like around $1.00 for a 1 lb bag.

Black bean enchiladas are pretty good, as well. I haven't made them in a while, but if I do, I usually make several pans at a time, just so that I can have leftovers to heat up easily. http://thethriftyhousewifeblog.blogs...da-recipe.html

A lot of times anymore, I just make a larger batch of whatever I am making for dinner, and heat up leftovers for lunch.
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