Menu Plan: Feeding 14 Teenagers

Welcome to the crazy house! This week I am hosting eight extra teenagers for the week and feeding an additional five to fifteen for various meals. Do not even ask me what I was thinking when I signed up for this! Actually I am thrilled be a host home and to share this week with some very special kids. Once thing I have learned over the years is that teenagers can eat! My son can easily polish off a box of cereal and then ask what’s for breakfast.

I will be feeding 14 teenagers for breakfast this week (plus my family) so I need meals that are going to fill them up and not break the bank.


Whole wheat pancakes, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, orange juice, milk

Peanut butter baked oatmeal, muffins, bagels, yogurt, fresh fruit, milk, orange juice

Freezer French toast, fresh fruit

Eggs, bacon, biscuits (recipe from the The Pioneer Woman Cooks), fruit, orange juice

Cinnamon Rolls


Sandwiches, smoothies, leftovers



served with all the fixin’s

Spaghetti w/ meat sauce

served with caesar salad, whole wheat breadsticks


served with cornbread, veggies, birthday cake

Pork BBQ

served with whole wheat rolls, chips, veggies

Whole wheat pizza

served with salad

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  1. You are so awesome! you’ve inspired me to not slack on posting my mp for the week. thx

  2. WOW, that’s an undertaking. Good for you! I’m anxious to read how it all goes…. 🙂

  3. Sounds like my kind of fun!! What are all the extra mouths for?

  4. So funny, I just agreed to having 14 college students stay for a weekend on their way back to college after a mission’s trip in Mexico. I was thinking…I need to look on the web for food ideas. I’ll also have to hunt up more towels as they will be coming from a week of living in tents…my water heater will be getting a workout.

  5. WOW! I tend to feel overwhelmed when my three teenage brothers come to stay… They can completely empty my fridge in two days flat 🙂 Good luck this week!!!!!

  6. WOW!!! Not the menu – the number of teenagers you are having in your house at the moment!! I love reading your menu because you make relatively easy and “normal” things that my family will eat too. 🙂

  7. Good luck! When my sister and I get together there are 14 of us. Meal time is crazy but fun. I can’t imagine when they will almost all be teenagers at the same time. I don’t even want to think about our grocery bill then.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing this! We had a big fire in the kitchen this week, so we’re sans stove. I got some great inspiration for some meals for my family until the insurance follows through on a new stove.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this busy week!

    — Ivy

  9. This post makes me long for football season. Love feeding “my boys!” 🙂

  10. So glad that I saw your post on twitter! We minister to college students and have them over often. I think I might try the freezer french toast on my Once A Month cooking day this Saturday. It would be perfect!

  11. Great menus for bulk cooking. I actually miss the days of having my house full of hungry teenage boys (namely, my oldest son’s baseball team!). However, it probably won’t be long before similar days are here again with the youngest. 🙂

  12. More power to you! But here’s my question: what’s the quantity of spaghetti and spaghetti sauce you will need? I am so bad at estimating quantity when it comes to more than the four at our house. I usually overestimate the salad and underestimate everything else!

    I’m really bad with tacos because in our family we use a little meat, and a lot of peppers and beans and lettuce and rice and other stuff. But most others use tons of meat and little else. So I never make enough when I’m doing tacos!

    That’s why I’m scared to try what you’re doing….

    Sheila from To Love, Honor and Vacuum

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Last night I fed 13 with tacos. I used about 3.5 pounds of meat. 18 hard shells, 24 soft shells (there were some leftover). 2 pounds of cheese, 16 oz sour cream, jar of salsa, etc… I always make extra because I can deal with leftovers, but not hungry kids! 🙂
      For spaghetti I will probably cook about 3 pounds and still thinking about the sauce. 🙂

      • Leftover sauce can be easily frozen. I also freeze the leftover spaghetti noodles (in a bag) if I don’t think I’ll get to the leftovers soon enough.

  13. You are BRAVE!! My teenaged boy is like yours—one box of cereal is one serving for him!

  14. Beth/Mom2TwoVikings says:

    OK, that PB baked oatmeal recipe has completely sucked me in! Can’t stop thinking about and I’m SO gonna try it this week. LOL Thanks for sharing!

  15. Thank you so much for posting the link to the Baked Oatmeal!!! I’ve been asking for an easy yummy recipe for a few weeks on twitter and no one has replied. I can’t wait to try this. Boys eat tons of cereal. When my step son comes during the summer, he’ll go through a box of cereal every other day! It’s crazy – but so much fun!

  16. You’re a brave woman! When we have everyone together there is 9 of us with 5 teenagers/young adults. You’re right with the cooking ideas. Tacos, spaghetti, etc. Sometimes I buy a big roast for BBQ sandwiches.

    Regardless of the crazy tons of cooking I bet you have fun this week with all of them. Enjoy.

  17. What a wonderful display of hospitality and generosity! I’m sure the guys will have a blast.

  18. Cherrill Hartsfield says:

    Toni, You are such an inspiration. I’m sure you will receive such a blessing from this week. Before I forget I absolutely love that huge tree. I also think you should try that salsa chicken this week.

  19. We love sauce, so I plan a jar per pound (or equivalent quantity of sauce if I’m making it from scratch).

  20. Wow! And I tought I had the never ending Kool-Aid House! You sure have your hands full, but it looks like you have your meal planning well under control. Have fun.

  21. Oh you poor thing! I cannot imagine…

  22. I enjoyed this post, having five boys and one girl, and having gone through four seasons of teenagers, and entering number 5, this is very helpful. I still feed my grown sons and their friends and I am constantly amazed at how much they can eat.
    How much fun!!!! I still miss my house being loaded down on a regular bases and now look forward to every occasion to fill it again, even though I have two left at home….ENJOY!!!!!

  23. I just want to know how you’re handling the LAUNDRY?? Oh and the in-between snacks.

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