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    I actually wrote about it in my blog, but I decided to try this site out a while back and make a whole week's worth of meals from a roasted chicken... everything that I used together for the week cost me a little less than $20 and it was good food with left overs

    $20 may sound like a lot, but for all of the food that you get from it it you'll be eating quite cheaply
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    Try hillbillyhousewife.com for lots of cheap-ass recipes!

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    When I feel particularly poor, I like:
    - oatmeal (the minute ones..just add some water, microwave the mixture and voilà!)
    - unpleasant cereal that I wouldn't eat otherwise
    - toast with bits of vegetables (tomatoes/lettuce/cucumber/grated carrots) and sometimes with cheese

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    The traditional broke man recipe in Japan is a bowl of rice with a whisked raw egg on top and a dash of soy sauce. I like it.

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    Raw egg? Ew.

    Though I do like to whisk an egg into rice right after it's done cooking and is still hot and can cook the egg.
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    Uber cheap: boil/poach eggs when you're boiling your ramen...boil ramen all the way down to noodles if you'd rather have more flavorful noodles and harder boiled eggs instead of soup...hot sauce can give a kick to ramen, or get the chili flavor...also, you can put butter or margarine on chicken flavor ramen if you boil them down to just noodles

    still reasonably cheap: a can of refried beans, a can of spinach well drained, some mozzarella or montery jack cheese all heated and mixed together...serve with or without tortillas

    OR

    buy a bag of dried split peas (need less soaking and prep than dried beans), sautee garlic and onions in butter or oil, add seasonings like rosemary, bay leaves, and salt and pepper while boiling the peas and sauteed veggies together...can add bacon during cooking for flavor if desired, or douse with olive oil when done if vegetarian

    has anyone mentioned cream of wheat? it's an alternative to oatmeal, but it costs maybe two dollars more

    hmm....also cottage cheese or sardines are good cheaper forms of protein

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    If you really have no money to spend at all:

    1. Steal some seeds from a garden store that produce something edible
    2. Find a 'Freegan' group, if willing to do so. (They eat for free and cook pretty well, too.)
    3. Go to garage sales and bargain for cook books they might have, or use the internet at the library to print out recipes (find some dimes on the floor before doing this).

    That's all I can think of at the moment, good luck with your provincial culinary endeavors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tawanda View Post
    If you really have no money to spend at all:

    1. Steal some seeds from a garden store that produce something edible
    2. Find a 'Freegan' group, if willing to do so. (They eat for free and cook pretty well, too.)
    3. Go to garage sales and bargain for cook books they might have, or use the internet at the library to print out recipes (find some dimes on the floor before doing this).

    That's all I can think of at the moment, good luck with your provincial culinary endeavors.
    Speaking of stealing, around this time of year (and a little earlier, starting in August typically) if you live in a rural or suburban area you can often find fresh produce just falling off of your neighbors plants that are bound to rot. They won't miss a tomato or four.

    Bad, I know.

    Food pantries also exist for those who actually need them, if you can bring yourself to go to a church or synagogue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    Speaking of stealing, around this time of year (and a little earlier, starting in August typically) if you live in a rural or suburban area you can often find fresh produce just falling off of your neighbors plants that are bound to rot. They won't miss a tomato or four.

    Bad, I know.

    Food pantries also exist for those who actually need them, if you can bring yourself to go to a church or synagogue.
    I'm not so bad off i need to go to a food bank.

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    It's hard to keep your nutrition when you're poor.. so identifying superfoods can really help you. Things packed with all different kinds of vitamins, nutrients, and things your body needs can really save you.

    - Rice is really good at keeping you full.. and it's not expensive. $15 here buys you a huge bag that lasts for effin' ever.
    - Beans are a lifesaver when you're broke, so if you don't like them.. start. To be honest, canned beans were never so great tasting to me. I found a bag of dry beans is cheaper, and you can make it taste like whatever you want. A crockpot will cook them to perfection every time.
    - Spinach is like a wonder veggie, and a frozen bag is cheap and convenient. Spinach works as a filling, adding, topping, etc. Broccoli is also action packed.
    - Eggs not only are versatile and cheap, but they provide protein (I usually found meat to be too expensive when I was really poor) but they've been proven to help you eat less calories (aka feel less hungry throughout the day. Important when you're broke.)
    - Sweet potatoes aren't too expensive, taste great, and they provide you with all important vitamin A, something you could lack when not eating meat as well, and calcium. (Sweet potatoes put the yum in calcium.) They also contain vitamin C and potassium, so you'll cover bananas and oranges in one food. They also fill you up rather well :3
    - If you're going to splurge a bit, I suggest it be on berries. They're so packed I'm not even going to bother naming what they contain. Trust me, they rock. Especially blueberries.
    - Tea is another big thing. Teas are very cheap and provide a number of health benefits.
    - Cheap cuts of meat. The local meat market carried cheap leftover-like cuts of meat from time to time, so I got them when ever I could.. and places like walmart sometimes carry things like the ground turkey pre-seasoned on sale. Kroger does this thing where they do 'manager discounts' when things are to expire soon.. so I usually cooked up that day whatever I found.

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