Baby Number 7 and Feeding Lunch to The Crowd

Baby #7

Baby #7 is halfway to the finish line which means there’s soon to be one more mouth to feed and our Party of 7 will become a Party of 8!

Having number four {as I’ve told you before} was the catalyst for a lot of change in our household.  When he became a full-fledged eater {and I was pregnant with the next one}, I found that your normal recipes didn’t quite cut it for feeding my growing brood.

The MOMYS cookbook was quite a help with cooking bigger meals, and I learned to tweak other recipes to make them fit our family.  In fact, the other day I found a recipe that had a handwritten note scrawled on it.  It said:

Double for a crowd or to freeze.

At some point, I moved from doubling the recipe to have extra to doubling the recipe to have ENOUGH!

Today, the 4 Moms, 35 Kids mamas are hosting a Feeding A Crowd Link Up.  I don’t feed quite the crowds these ladies do, but I do have a passel of healthy eaters, including a 5’6″ 12 year old boy at the head of the food chain!  So, what do I feed this bunch?

Well, besides relying on my MOMYS cookbook and all the recipes I’ve doubled, I’ve managed to come up with a few on my own {not my forte’ by the way…I am not a foodie, I’m just a mommy}.  What I’m going to share with you today are my quick and painless lunch ideas as I anxiously await the rest of the recipes on the link up!

Bagel Sandwiches
A twist on the boring old sandwich

2 pkgs of bagels
1 pkg deli meat (or some such thing)
1 pkg sliced cheese
mayonnaise
butter

Heat a family-sized griddle {a griddle is a MUST for a large family!} to 300 and slather it in butter.  Cut bagels in half and lay on griddle, cut side down.  When sufficiently toasted, remove and add a layer of mayonnaise, a slice of cheese, and a slice or so of meat.  Put together as a sandwich, and place on griddle to warm.  Flip to toast both sides of the sandwich.  Pile ‘em high on a serving tray and present to your hungry family along with cut veggies, chips, fruit, and some homemade lemonade your 9 year old made with way too much sugar!

Quesadillas

1 pkg fajita sized flour tortillas
1-2# beef, chicken, buffalo (or go meatless!)
1 pkg shredded cheese
salsa
ranch dressing or Dorothy Lynch dressing (for those of us who have started a bad habit!)

Heat griddle to 300 and slather in butter {can you tell this is my non-stick coating of choice? lol}.  Place tortillas on griddle.  Spoon on meat and cheese and top with another tortilla.  Flip {very carefully} when bottom side is browned and transfer to serving tray when both sides are toasty and brown.  Serve with salsa {and dressing if you like}, beans, and salad {so you can justify the dressing being on the table ;) }

and finally…

Taco Salad
Incredibly easy and a family favorite!

So, there you have our favorite lunches for bunches!


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24 thoughts on “Baby Number 7 and Feeding Lunch to The Crowd

  1. Thanks for the wonderful meal ideas! Something we could always use more of! :)
    Also, congrat’s on hitting the halfway point with your little one! We are there, too, and found out Monday we are having a boy!! His name is David Samuel and we are just so thrilled.
    If you get a chance, drop me an email and let me know how you’re doing! I miss visiting regularly! :( I miss blogging terribly! HUGS!

  2. i’m amazed at how much more dustin eats than the girls EVER did. and i’m sure it’ll get ‘worse’. thanks for sharing a few great meal ideas.

  3. Thanks for the recipes. I often struggle with feeding the kids lunches… and I too will be feeding 8 mouths in the fall…. yikes. But creativity will abound!

  4. Awww, congratulations on being halfway there!
    Thanks for the ideas! I only have three kiddos at the table, but my two boys that are on solids can eat as much as I can some days. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like when they’re teenagers! I need all the ideas I can get! :) thanks!

  5. I’m not feeding a crowd yet, but I plan to! What I do now is make a lot and serve it for lunch 2 – 3 days in a row. Someday that will just be ONE day’s lunch. :) My husband is SO excited for that day. He dreams of a kitchen with two stoves, two ovens, industrial fridge and freezer, etc. My two so far are BIG eaters (we can easily polish off 1.5 – 2 lbs. of meat in a meal, plus a ton of veggies and etc. between the four of us) so I can’t even imagine how much food I will someday make!
    .-= Kate´s last blog ..Introducing Solids: What, When, How =-.

  6. We got a quesadilla maker for Christmas and I didn’t think we would ever use it. Boy was I wrong! We use it ALL THE TIME. It seals all the edges and also seals 6 little pockets together so nothing oozes out when you cut it. And for my picky eaters, I have discovered that a little smear or spagetti sauce on one side and calling it a Pizza Pocket workds wonders.

  7. Hooray for halfway!!! I’m so excited for you! So you must be due the same month as me I am guessing because my “halfway” is Sunday! How are you feeling now? Forgive me if I’ve asked this already (my brain is nonexistant when I’m pregnant), or if I’m too nosey (it’s a strong possibility that I am *wink* and in that case feel free to tell me so or ignore me!), but do you guys find out the gender in advance or wait for the birth? My sis waited for the birth for hers, and I always find out at my ultrasound, so my family has people on either side of the to-find-out-or-not-to-find-out fence. :)
    .-= Mama Mirage´s last blog ..Toddler Tales Tuesday – Catching Marshmallows =-.

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  9. Using the griddle for lunch.

    I would have NEVER thought about that…but what a fabulous idea! I just adore my griddle and use it all of the time.

    Great idea on the bagels. I have such picky, in-a-rut eaters but they might let me slip one of these in on them just for a change of pace…

    Thanks for such great ideas! :)

    -Lauren

  10. So glad to find this website. I’m expecting baby #5 and #4 is about 2 so I’m just now at the point where all my recipes are not enough just as you posted. I’ll have to find the MOMY’s cookbook. Do you have a link to this cookbook?

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