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    Quote Originally Posted by Misty_Mountain_Rose View Post
    Every time I try to start eating healthier I wind up standing at the cash register gasping for breath while I fork out the dough for my new endeavor.

    If you were to create a diet/menu of HEALTHY, GOOD tasting food that doesn't cost an arm and a leg... what would it include?
    Buy a big pack of cheap but good quality chicken thighs and drumsticks. Skin them to remove fat, and casserole or curry them, and get about 3 decent sized healthy meals (one with rice, once with bread or potatoes etc) for about $5.

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    I like simple food for the most part (whether cheap or not), and I've come up with a solution & bought the stuff, but I haven't tried it yet.

    Flour tortillas + a dash of olive oil
    sliced salami
    romaine lettuce
    sliced swiss cheese

    layered flat and rolled up tightly. I hope it's tasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flak View Post
    I like simple food for the most part (whether cheap or not), and I've come up with a solution & bought the stuff, but I haven't tried it yet.

    Flour tortillas + a dash of olive oil
    sliced salami
    romaine lettuce
    sliced swiss cheese

    layered flat and rolled up tightly. I hope it's tasty.
    Yeah, that works well. Also try sliced cured chorizo and feta cheese for a good variant

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    Oh, yes. I wind up eating healthy simply because I'm poor.

    For breakfast you can make muffins with pieces of whatever fruit is in season (blueberries, peaches, bananas, apples, etc.). Or you can have oatmeal (rolled oats, not instant) cooked with apple, dried cranberries, chopped walnuts, and cinnamon. Walnuts are expensive, but you only need 1/4 cup to give it good flavor. If you toast the walnuts first, the flavor is better. Raisins are healthier than dried cranberries, but I don't care for raisins.

    You can make vegetable soup with whatever veggies are handy (potatoes, carrots, onion, a can of diced tomatoes, etc.) and a little chicken broth or bullion. Add spices to taste (bay leaf, oregano, thyme, garlic...); simmer until veggies are tender; serve with a dollop of lowfat sour cream and homemade cornbread.

    Black-eyed peas (purchase dry, simmer 30-60 min. until soft enough to eat) are inexpensive tasty served with cornbread, sliced tomato and sliced red onion.

    I adore white chili made in the crock pot. You can buy chicken thighs for much cheaper than chicken breasts, and they taste just as good in the chili. I get them already boned and skinned. Boil the chicken and cut it into pieces. Put 2 cans Rotel tomatoes, 2-3 cans Great Northern Beans, a chopped onion, 2-3 chicken thighs (chopped), some garlic, and some cayenne pepper (if you like it hot) in the crock pot. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or so. Drain the beans first to make it thicker, or omit one can of beans if you don't like so many in your chili. I like to substitute one can of black beans (drained) for a can of the GN Beans.

    An easy soup called "Late Night Chicken Soup" from a college cookbook is satisfying and inexpensive. Take one can of chicken broth (costs about 50 cents around here) and simmer two Tbsp. rice in it for about 20 min. or until rice is tender. Mix one raw egg with a tsp. of lemon juice. Remove the soup from the heat for a moment or so, then stir in the egg mixture with a fork. Keep stirring for a minute or two while the egg cooks/thickens. You can tailor it with your own seasonings. I like it with a dash of garlic and za'atar. It's very good with chopped red bell pepper and basil, too, but red bell pepper is pricey.

    Baked potatoes are inexpensive, filling, and very healthy if you don't load them down with butter and sour cream. Try a can of baked beans (75 cents) and some broccoli on the potato, with a sprinkling of cheese over top. I like to buy a bag of frozen broccoli pieces and cook just what I need as I go.

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    I was out of steady work for over a year, so I know how to eat cheap. These were some of the things I found to be cheap and nutritious:

    Corn tortillas
    Oatmeal
    Yogurt
    Fresh vegetables (not much more expensive than frozen, and good nutrition/price ratio)
    Ground beef and chicken that are marked down because it will soon expire (that's what your freezer is for)
    Canned soup (cheap and nutritious, but high in sodium if you have to watch that)
    Rice
    Pasta
    Canned tuna
    Eggs
    Rice-A-Roni, Lipton noodles, etc. (these side dishes are dirt cheap, and when augmented with chopped veggies and maybe some chicken, they can be nutritious and stretch far)
    Peanut butter
    Beans
    Potatoes (I have an oven-baked french fries recipe that is both healthy and will make you never want a real french fry again...feel free to ask)

    In addition, when you're eating cheap, seasoning can mean a lot. Lots of spices look expensive but go a long way. Certain cooking oils can impart a satisfying flavor too, especially olive oil and sesame oil. One of the easiest and cheapest nutritious meals can be some chicken and vegetables stir-fried in sesame oil and served over rice or noodles.
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    I live in a formerly vegan now vegetarian house and we're all cheap and/or broke bastards so we know how to save money!

    1) Avoid any processed food -- especially if it's "healthy" -- that stuff if pricey!! No gluten free chips, no gourmet soy puffs, etc.

    2) Find the unfancy markets for your vegetables. That usually means ethnic or in more economically depressed neighborhoods. There's a chain of supermarkets only in DC that specializes in frozen meat and breakfast products (not kidding) and poor people food -- $1 liters of grape and orange soda, little debbie snacks, generic cookies and candies, etc. However, they have the cheapest vegetables I have ever stumbled upon. I stock up when I can.

    3) Buy in bulk. Not as practical when shopping for 1 person but you can cook your meals in bulk (at once) and freeze for the week.

    4) Lentils, beans, rice, pasta -- starch is your friend!

    5) Frozen veggies and fruits in family packs

    5a) Yes, stir fry is a GREAT way to save money and make a fast, simple, healthy, and tasty meal.

    5b) Pasta is ditto ^^

    6) What everyone else was saying about spices -- so true!

    7) Eggs are your friends

    8) I don't like dealing with meat. It's more expensive but also more of a chore to cook and take care of and clean up.

    9) For quick meals, get a big case of spinach, some goat or feta cheese, and some nuts or dried cranberries (or both). This makes a quick and healthy salad and doesn't cost so much when you buy in bigger sizes.
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    I think I would add quark and flak oil to any endeavour of health and luckily both are pretty inexpensive
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    I believe it is possible to live on weetbix and peanut butter for several years if necessary.

    Many Uni students have tried it and most are still alive and healthy today.

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    I actually lived on blended oat cereal for two weeks... I made it with extra sugar and little milk to make it chewy so that it filled me up... fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild horses View Post
    I actually lived on blended oat cereal for two weeks... I made it with extra sugar and little milk to make it chewy so that it filled me up... fabulous!!!!!!!!!!!
    I pretty much lived on Proat meal for a while. Oal meal with Protean powder. It was sometimes pretty good, sometimes disgusting. It tended to cake up in the Microwave. I was trying to build muscle. It seemed like a fast easy way to get carbs and protean.

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