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What You Need to Know Before Cooking for a Crowd

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Set a Budget for Crowd-Friendly Cooking

Whenever you’re cooking for a big group of people, sticking to a budget for groceries can help to keep you from breaking the bank. Grocery costs can add up even when you’re cooking for just a few people, so budgeting can help you keep the cooking as stress-free as possible! 

In addition to budgeting, making a grocery list before going to pick up your ingredients can be extremely helpful. Making a list and only grabbing the items you planned on getting can keep your costs from getting any higher than you’d planned. That’s where we can help! We’ll optimize your grocery cart for exactly the number of people that you’re serving and even arrange for you to pick up your groceries or have them delivered. It’s just one more thing that you won’t have to worry about. 

Keep It Simple

The simplest, quickest meals are also sometimes some of the tastiest. Finding a recipe with minimal ingredients, a short prep time, and low-maintenance cooking can make feeding a large group of people a breeze! 

For example, this recipe for Grandma’s Rice Made Simple has an insanely short prep time – just three minutes – and it takes only 15 minutes to cook. It’s a stick-to-your-ribs meal that will satisfy a large group. 

Need another super-simple recipe to feed a crowd? Try our lentil and pepper curry. It’s a perfect recipe for dinner in the fall or winter, and it’s 100% plant-based! Plus, with a two minute prep time and a 25 minute cook time, you’ll have food on the table at lightning speed!

Accommodate Special Diets

Whenever lots of people are coming over for a meal, it’s always smart to check in with your guests and see if anyone has any dietary restrictions. These could be elective lifestyles like plant-based eating or keto, but they might also be allergies or intolerances. Either way, you can be a great host by accommodating any of your guests who have dietary restrictions. 

Here’s a little cheat sheet for restrictive diets:

Recruit Friends to Help You Cook

Cooking for a large group of people can be stressful – but it’s much easier when you’re not alone!

If you’ve got friends who love cooking as much as you do, invite them over and take on the task of making a big meal as a team. Splitting up the responsibilities can help you avoid stress and make big batches of food as efficiently as possible.

Host a Potluck

Potluck dinners help to keep the pressure off of one person to make food for everyone else. For a potluck, everyone invited brings an entree, side, drink, or dessert to share, leaving you with a massive, eclectic feast.

If you’re having a lot of people over for a meal, hosting a potluck can add to the variety of food on the table, which keeps things exciting. Plus, a potluck gives everyone the chance to show off their cooking skills and sample each other’s best recipes. 

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