I was foolish enough to volunteer to help shop for the homeless shelter where I volunteer (and even cook on occasion, gulp.)
Recipe ideas for low cost meals that will feed up to 11 families. The budget is whatever is donated plus about $200-300 2x month. They have plenty of ground turkey (I suggested turkey joes), turkey drumsticks, some ground beef (taco salads, meatloaf...), and they eat a LOT of chicken (so alternative ideas for chicken as well.)
Post by alleinesein on Nov 21, 2018 3:18:59 GMT -5
If you get a lot of pasta and cream of whatever soup, make chicken noodle casserole with the chicken. You can probably find a recipe to make a large batch but we use the old school (1984 edition) Better Homes and Gardens tuna noodle recipe and swap out the tuna for chicken.
Another cream of mushroom soup idea is pork striploins in mushroom soup over rice. We cooked this once per week on the ship. We cut the striploins ourselves from roasts and cooked them in sheet pans in the oven. Dumped the mushroom soup on top and away you go.
Other favourites were frozen pierogi with bacon or kielbasa, spaghetti with oven roasted meatballs, turkey a la king over bread or egg noodles (could switch it up with shredded roast beef in gravy with peas and corn and carrots over bread).
Granted, most of my options are pretty bland since we were generally serving to a half seasick crowd.
I would search for cafeteria recipes. I would think there would be a lot of options out there. I would then make a list of what you and other cooks are comfortable making, and then cross reference it against weekly sales.
Post by lindyanne on Sept 10, 2019 11:59:09 GMT -5
Chicken pot pie … chicken with frozen mixed vegetables and then cream of chicken soup and cream with some herbs and pepper. I used puff pastry when I made it for RMH but pie crust would probably be more economical.