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24 April 2010 @ 02:26 pm
Anyone know any ridiculously cheap recipes? I have $12 to feed myself and Jason from now until Monday evening. We've already gone through most of the emergency-pantry-food, so I'm honestly thinking I'll just have to get 2 bags of spaghetti/2 jars of pasta and ration it out very carefully. Stupid lapse in paycheck.
dorotadstroy on April 24th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
bean sprouts + random veggies + rice makes cheap stir fry. Used to live off the stuff for 4$ a week when I was in college. Consequently, can't even look at the stuff these days... ;) Red beans and rice is super cheap too.
Kristachinadoll66102 on April 24th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
Here! My friend Gloria always pimps out this website: http://www.poorgirleatswell.com/search/label/recipes
God of Thunder and Rock'n'Rollarchmage on April 24th, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
My problem here is that all my recipes have meat in them. ;)

Two-Pepper Chicken - cheap, easy, and damn tasty

Or, Po' Man's Stroganoff: a big can of Dinty Moore beef stew and a bag of egg noodles. Add dollop of sour cream to taste.
Jessraindancer_jess on April 24th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
I'm a big fan of bags of potatoes for cheap eats. Add just about anything on top and you've just doubled the filling-ness of your meal. Rice, same thing.

Noodles + canned cheese soup = mac & cheese

For cheaper noodles, you can buy ramen and just not use the sauce packets.

If you have any more emergency-pantry-food that you don't know what to do with, let me know and I can probably make a dinner out of it. Most likely involving rice and/or potatoes.
Jessraindancer_jess on April 24th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
I don't recall your dietary restrictions but here's another link! (Courtesy of Dusty)


Sofia Gardenia Von Ellsworth Hennessy the Secondaurora_armijo on April 24th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Beans are the way to go!

Also if you have the patience, make some wheat bread. There's a recipe I use all the time: http://lestroismois.blogspot.com/2010/02/whole-wheat-molasses-bread.html. This recipe makes two loaves. You can always cut the recipe in half. You can eat this toasted with beans. Also use the bread for sandwiches. Get a can of salmon (should be like two dollars at Trader Joes), add some olive oil and you've got rad salmon patties. Wait, are you looking for veggie stuff?
typsietypsie on April 24th, 2010 10:36 pm (UTC)
Ideally vegetarian, yes. :)
Sofia Gardenia Von Ellsworth Hennessy the Secondaurora_armijo on April 24th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Ahh! You can totally make your own veggie pattie's using this stuff called "Nature's Burger". Have you heard of it/ used it? I used to buy a ton of it in the bulk section at Winco for pennies and it was super filling and delish!
typsietypsie on April 24th, 2010 10:42 pm (UTC)
Oooh hmm! I don't have a Winco nearby but maybe I can find something similar!
Sofia Gardenia Von Ellsworth Hennessy the Secondaurora_armijo on April 24th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Also, along the lines of beans...lentils! Omg, so good! I love red lentils, just throw some crazy spices in there and some veggies if you have them. Let it cook on the stove all day and you've got a veggie stew that's actually better than any meat counterpart.

Raoul Dukedrjeff on April 24th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
We do beans and rice when we're getting low on funds (which is all the time when you're feeding five kids.) Put oil in your pan, heat it up, chop up an onion and put it in. Once the onion's cooked, add a big can of crushed tomatoes, a can of black beans, and cook for a while. Sprinkle in some minute rice. Voila! Season to taste... we like cajun seasoning and smoked paprika for this one, but you can use all kinds of stuff. The whole meal just costs a few bucks. Even better if rolled up in a tortilla with a little sour cream and cheese, if you've got 'em.
Athenaoffloe on April 25th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
Most people have already posted far more interesting and nutritious recipes, but still, I guess I'll share what's made up most of my diet this past year:

- Bowls of rice, beans, cheese, and hot sauce of your choice
- Oatmeal with peanut butter
- Ramen + eggs + veggies of your choice

- Corn pie, the one actual recipe I use frequently. Its cheapness depends on what of the ingredients you already have, but generally the cost isn't above five bucks and may be as low as a couple.

3 beaten eggs
1 can cream corn
1 can kernel corn (or 10 oz frozen)
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 tsp salt
Lotsa pepper

Any spices/hot sauces you like, it's quite bland otherwise. I prefer 1 tbsp each of Tabasco, generic hot sauce, Worcestershire, and a generous dash of habanero, but I also loves me some spicey like woah, so adjust accordingly.

Mix that all together in a pie plate and throw it in the oven for an hour at 350. Not bad with salsa, guac, or sour cream either, if you have 'em.

I'll also second the bag of potatoes things, because hash browns are awesome.
Matthew Harrisglowing_fish on April 25th, 2010 01:04 am (UTC)
The cheapest recipes probably involve potatoes. You can buy more than enough potatoes to eat for two days for like, two dollars.
Life in spiralfaetal on April 25th, 2010 01:20 am (UTC)
we eat a lot of mexican food as cheap eats. a little bag of rice is like $3? good vegetarian black beans often go on sale for $1 at the Fred Meyers. (if not on sale they're like 1.49) a small block of cheese, maybe you have some hot sauce in the fridge? You could get a head of iceberg lettuce and shred it up to feel like you're eating vegetables.

if you're an egg eater, eggs can be good cheap meal fodder. I am a big fan of egg sandwiches.. like fried egg sandwiches (of course I like to embed bacon bits in mine, but.. I wouldnt imagine you'd do that).

gosh, I'm busy this weekend, but I'm tempted to try to find some time to drive out and loan you $10 or something, or bring you a meal. poor darling!
eatsoylentgreeneatsoylentgreen on April 25th, 2010 03:21 am (UTC)
boil ramen, add frozen vegetables, boil a bit more. It'll keep you alive, but sick of vegetables.

Potatoes works too, potato salad is good and also cheap.
dimloep_suum on April 25th, 2010 06:33 am (UTC)
I'm a big fan of a Spanish rice/beans/tuna mix when things get tight, along with frozen veg when it's on sale.
chris_fool on April 25th, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
funny, i went to a $5 potluck today. things i ate:

1) garlic cheese grits. 10 servings of tasty for ~$5. grits + cheese + garlic + 2 eggs + a bit of milk, salt, pepper. more precise recipe available if you want.

2) bean salad

3) quinoa (available bulk at your freddy) is practically nutritionally complete. here's my favorite recipe, but basically anything you add will make it awesomer.


4) cookies are pretty damn cheap

5) beans and rice

6) coconut curry rice

you can eat pb&j and apples for 4 days for that price, too. i used to do that.

fast food is not always terrible. the dollar menu at wendy's/taco bell can be sustaining...
I'll po YOUR lite!: foodalgeh on April 25th, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
I know I'm coming to this late, but I agree with the people who said that potatoes and eggs are cheap, vegetarian, and filling. I eat 2 poached eggs with hashbrowns for a filling meal pretty much every other day or every third day (I get sick if eat eggs every day for too long - I have a lot of food issues). At New Seasons, I can get an 18 pack of cage-free humane harvest eggs for $3 and a 5 pound sack of organic potatoes for $3. That's about two or three weeks worth of each thing on my schedule. These things can be found at Winco for cheaper if you're not trying to buy organic and humane stuff. Eggs tend to be no more than about $1.50 for 12 at Winco and I honestly don't remember their potato prices anymore.

I wash and scrub the potatoes and grate them with their skin on (two or three depending on size - the sack potatoes are a lot punier than the kind you buy individually), throw in a little (dried) minced onion and garlic powder, melt about 2 tablespoons butter and enough canola oil to make a thin layer on the bottom of my skillet, and then fry covered for 5-6 minutes a side with the heat a little above halfway (between 5 and 6 on my stove). I poach the eggs in water starting the water heating when I melt the butter (water is also at about halfway or 5 on my stove), break the eggs into separate short glasses, and then just after flipping the hashbrowns I whirl the water to make a vortex and slip the eggs in, letting them cook for the 5-ish minutes the hashbrowns still need.

I also make taco soup a lot. There are a lot of variations of this, but mine involves 2 cans of black beans, 2 cans of kidney beans, 2 cans of pinto beans, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of corn, 1 packet of taco seasoning, some dried minced onion, some garlic powder, some chili powder, and then letting everything sit on the stove on medium for an hour to let the flavors meld. I then add shredded cheese, sour cream, and taco chips to the top when I eat it, but it's not terrible if you skip whichever of those you don't have. It'd be fine in smaller quantities with 1 can of each kind of beans rather than two and not adding the extra spices, but I'm trying to dilute the paprika in the taco sauce down to a small enough amount that I won't get sick, a problem that normal people don't have. I usually freeze most of this when I make it, and I think I usually get 6-ish servings of out of it depending on how hungry I am when I'm deciding what a serving is.

Also, if you want to get just a little bit of a spice, New Seasons does bulk spices so you can get just a teaspoon or two of whatever. That can make the same thing, such as potatoes, taste kind of different the second time since you used different spices.

One of my ex-boyfriends also swore by replacing the meat in hamburger helper with canned beans, but I have yet to try that. I can just think of so many other things I'd rather do with canned beans!
(Anonymous) on June 11th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Bulk brown rice at Winco + bulk black beans from same. ~$5 for a half-gallon of salsa. Maybe throw in a couple heads of cheap broccoli. Spices, soy sauce, peanut oil. That's my basic staple, and totally vegetarian. Bulk lentils, too. Overcook them, curry them up, and fry patties in olive oil. Cheap!