I volunteer with an after school program for kids whose fathers are incarcerated. One of the main thrusts of the program is to provide a sense of family and basic life skills. We all cook together (volunteers, kids, and moms) and then sit down to a meal. Its a whole lot of fun, but with problems like lack of funding and not knowing how many people are going to show up. Sometimes we get 2 people and sometimes its 15-20.
I need your help! the stuff i'm making has been taking too long and is too "gourmet" for the head of the program (i'm told). She wants me to pare it down even more...
I'm looking for any and all recipe suggestions to fit within our very tiny budget (no fixed limit, just as cheap as you can get). It would be nice if these recipes had elements that kids could participate in (often they help making salad, breaking string beans, etc), and also be meals that dont take too long so that we can get a head count before we start cooking and still eat at a reasonable hour.