Need ideas for cheap meals to feed 15-20 people

All adults, no kids, on a very tight budget

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  • June 27, 2014
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MARY LOU
MARY LOU June 27, 2014

CHILI SALLAD AND COSRN BREAD DESSERT MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM

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rt21
rt21 June 27, 2014

Pasta primavera, lots of fresh veg in season,
Green salad, grilled corn on the cob. Watermelon wedged, potato leek soup , served hot or cold.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx June 27, 2014

Do a search for Cheap Feast Contest on the site for inspiration. This was the winning recipe: https://food52.com/recipes...

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aussiefoodie
aussiefoodie June 27, 2014

Pulled pork shoulder, buns and coleslaw

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ATG117
ATG117 June 29, 2014

Pasta! Serve it with a few vegetable sides and a dessert, and you're good to go. On this site, I love Craig Claiborne's pasta con asparagi, the pasta with yogurt and caramelized onions, macaroni peas, and I've been meaning to try the pasta with lemon and walnuts. You should search "pasta" within recipes and filter for community picks and contest winners.

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natalie
natalie June 29, 2014

I always gravitate towards baked pastas or tacos usually - you can cook the taco meat and serve with toppings and mini tortillas, serve chips and salsas as an appetizer, grilled peppers and onion and/or rice on the side

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kimhw
kimhw June 29, 2014

Quiche and green salad.

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Faith Bahadurian
Faith Bahadurian June 30, 2014

Tomato-less creamy pesto lasagna with a colorful salad.

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trampledbygeese
trampledbygeese July 1, 2014

Curry!
With a salad and bread/popadoms it usually comes out to $1.50 a plate. If you use dry chickpeas instead of canned, then it is a lot less. That's my local price, but keep in mind a dozen farm fresh eggs here starts at $6, onions a dollar something each, so it would probably be a lot less if you live anywhere else in North America.

I love curry for affordable group meals as you can toss in whatever you have available. If potatoes are on sale, use mostly them, if tomatoes, put those in. Onions and some sort of starch are mandatory, I usually start with chickpeas, onions and a quality curry paste like Pataks (or make my own). The paste is somewhere you don't want to skimp.

If you can make it ahead of time, use the slow cooker. Chop everything, pre cook the beans if working from dry or drain if working from canned, put it in the slow cooker, with a few Tbs of curry paste of your choice mixed into half a cup of water, and turn it on high. For a meat curry, either toss in leftover roast beast or find the cheapest cut of meat out there and chop it fine, toss it in. Don't worry if the meat is usually tough, the spices and slow cooker soften it up.

If cooking for vegetarians, vegans, or people with allergies check that the curry paste doesn't contain any wrong-foods. Better still, make your own. Jamie Oliver's book Food Revolution has some fantastic curry paste recipes that are easily adjustable for different dietary needs.

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Liza's Kitchen NYC

Chili with cornbread and various salads is nice for summer. Or you could do baked ziti with sausage or meatballs with some vegetables or salad. Barbequed pulled chicken is very easy (throw chicken breasts, bbq sauce, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar into a slow cooker for a couple hours, then shred the meat) and you could serve it on fresh rolls with corn on the cob, broccoli slaw, cole slaw, and other condiments. For something a little more fancy, you could do risotto - which can be done every inexpensively.

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boulangere
boulangere July 2, 2014

In the search field above to the right enter: feeds a crowd, then click on the magnifying glass. You'll get a bounty of good ideas

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