5 Great Cheap Meals for Large Families



Chicken and rice is an old staple of cost-conscious cooking, but for something a little more exciting you can turn that chicken and rice into jambalaya by adding a few spices, some sausage and whatever else you can find around the kitchen.

One of the great things about jambalaya is that it can be cooked with almost any combination of meat or seafood -- chicken, beef, ham, shrimp, sausage -- making it a fantastic end-of-the-week meal to throw your leftovers into. Mix the meat with rice, chicken stock, celery, onions and seasoning (paprika, chili powder, cayenne, thyme, parsley -- whatever your taste buds crave) and you'll feel like you're dining in downtown New Orleans. It's not a meal that's easy to mess up, so go ahead in throw in some tomatoes, green peppers, hot sauce and whatever you have lying around or you think will taste good. The best part is that many jambalaya recipes let you make everything in one pot, so cleanup will be a cinch.