Isn’t it such a disappointment when your budget holds you back from doing fun things with your friends and family? Have you ever hesitated inviting your friends or family to stay at your house because there wasn’t any room in your budget to feed the extra mouths?
Well, there really isn’t any reason that this should happen! After you read these five tips for feeding friends frugally you won’t ever pause again when inviting guests over!
5 Tips for Feeding Friends Frugally
1. Make meat the sideshow
Meat is most likely going to be the most expensive ingredient in your meal. Instead of making the meat the main attraction of your meal have it take a supporting role.
Not all of us can serve our guests a plate filled with a nice slab of steak. Meals like pasta, casseroles, pizza, and salads are all examples of a delicious meal where you won’t have to break the bank to feed all your friends.
2. DIY dinner bar
Having a dinner bar is the perfect way to cater to everyone’s individual tastes, without having to pay big bucks in making several different foods for one meal.
Things like a baked potato bar, taco bar, salad bar, waffle bar, or maybe a pasta bar are all examples of meals that can be catered to everyone’s specific tastes. The base ingredient is the same, but the key is to include several inexpensive options or toppings for your guest’s to choose from.
A taco bar has been the biggest hit in our home. I usually will grill up some seasoned chicken or beef, then fill a few small bowls with our favorite toppings.
Options like olives, shredded cheese, salsa, black beans, onions, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and limes are all among the top picks.
Take your taco bar to the next level by trying out these one step recipes for taco seasoning and a zesty chipotle sauce.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
1 tsp ground chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp pepper
Combine all ingredients with a fork and sprinkle over your favorite taco meat before grilling.
Healthy Chipotle Taco Sauce
1 cup greek yogurt
1-2 chipotle peppers (use more if you like it spicy!)
½ tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 Tbs lime juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Dollop over your fresh homemade tacos to add an extra level of flavor to your meal!
3. Provide a filler
Remember that time you went out to eat and you were so starving that you filled up on the complimentary bread before your dinner was even served? We have all done it, don’t worry! I myself, have done it almost every time I go out…
Same idea applies here. Providing your company with a filling appetizer like homemade bread, rolls, or fresh veggies will minimize the serving size needed per person to finish filling those bellies.
4. Plan the meals ahead of time
I am obsessed with meal planning because it will always save you money! It’s going to help you resist the urge to impulse shop and stop at the drive-thru.
The same rules apply when it comes time to feed your guests. A friendly text ahead of time asking if there are any foods that your friends and family love or hate will help aid in this planning process.
5. Don’t forget dessert!
I have found that dessert is a little something extra that everyone craves and it doesn’t cost much at all to make for a crowd. Cookies, pies, cakes, or parfaits are all dessert choices that are guaranteed to please any crowd.
Don’t you worry! There is no need to be a gourmet baker to pull this one off. Finding a simple cookie recipe or even buying a cake mix on sale for less than a dollar is all it will take to satisfy everyone’s sweet tooth.
So are you up for the challenge?
Now that there is no excuse, who are you going to invite over for a visit? Let’s chat down in the comments!I think I am going to send out a mass text message to family and see who want’s to come hang out this summer!
Thanks for stopping in and I will talk to you soon! xoxo
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