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Old 03-28-08, 12:05 PM   #1
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Eating cheap...like really really cheap.

I'm trying to eat on ~$20-30week.

I've been eating a lot of day old bagels, pasta, pancakes, beans, and homeade curries.
I don't eat meat.

Any tips or favorite foods/recipes to suggest?
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Old 03-28-08, 12:15 PM   #2
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I'm trying to eat on ~$20-30week.

I've been eating a lot of day old bagels, pasta, pancakes, beans, and homeade curries.
I don't eat meat.

Any tips or favorite foods/recipes to suggest?
go to your local East Indian food store and buy curry powder
and basmati rice in bulk. Get a 50 lb sack o' lentils.
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Old 03-28-08, 12:17 PM   #3
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Supplement your proteins, then, and add a multivitamin, since given the diet you just stated, you are risking certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
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Old 03-28-08, 12:19 PM   #4
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Supplement your proteins, then, and add a multivitamin, since given the diet you just stated, you are risking certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
If you eat lots of leafy greens you should be fine.
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Go to a farmers market if you can.
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Old 03-28-08, 12:22 PM   #6
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Old 03-28-08, 12:32 PM   #7
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Go to a farmers market if you can.
Just make sure it's not one of the many fake "farmer's markets" popping up these days. Some people are a bit too proud of their homegrown "organic" (uncertified and unwashed) veggies and charge much more than the store, or they're just reselling items purchased in bulk you can buy at a big box market.

See if you have a food co-op in your area. At least with those the items are screened by the group for price and quality.
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I've heard of people buying peaches en masse from an HEB (regional grocery store), then setting up a roadside stand and selling them off with a 2-3x markup.
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Red Beans & Rice....cheap and nutritious.
Chili - regular or vegetarian.
Vegetarian Lasagna.

All of these can be made pretty cheaply, can be made in reasonably large quantities, and can store for a while in the freezer.
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I agree - whole grains and dried beans, bought in bulk, are among the cheapest foods available.
Definitely supplement with fresh veggies and fruit, farmers markets are good if you can find a good one.

If you have a Chinatown or some kind of Asian market near you, that can be another good place to find affordable produce.
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+1 on costco, especially if you have a large freezer.
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Rice, potatoes, and lentils are very helpful. Carrots, greens, and other veggies can be had cheap.

Frankly, you don't need a recipe. Just throw the stuff in a pot with spices and some salt and you will be fine. Indian food is cheap and easy. Rice, dahl, and vegetable curry is good stuff.
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lentils and rice lentils and rice w/ either durkee red hot or soy sauce depending on your mood. Or both if you're feeling crazy.
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isn't ramen high fat, high sodium with little nutritional benefit?
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Old 03-28-08, 04:49 PM   #17
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Uh huh.

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isn't ramen high fat, high sodium with little nutritional benefit?
mmmm, but it tastes so good. You need something to counterbalance all that fresh whole-grain goodness everyone else is suggesting.
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dried beans and rice coupled with whatever green is on sale. when i was in college i would cook a big pot of black beans or pintos. you can make a lot of meals out of beans. beans & rice, burritos, soup, and black bean burgers (or fresh falafel using chickpeas) are all quick and good.
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isn't ramen high fat, high sodium with little nutritional benefit?
um, yeah, it is.
So what's your point?
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Old 03-28-08, 05:25 PM   #22
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Rice, potatoes, and lentils are very helpful. Carrots, greens, and other veggies can be had .
Carrots are cheap. Even organic ones aren't all that pricey.
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I'm telling you, buy meet. It feels expensive, but it isn't.

8 chicken breasts for $12. Put $.10 of pasta on the plate and $.20 of frozen veggies, suddenly you've got yourself a pretty damn cheap, and filling, meal.

I always have chicken breasts frozen in my freezer in individual bags. Sometimes i'll buy another meat. This month it was a box of frozen catfish. Yeah, hardly gourmet, but it's a change of pace and damn cheap.

I just spent $150 at the store. I bought chicken, pasta, veggies, 3 boxes of cereal and some other crap here and there. It should last me the next 6 weeks minus milk. That's right in your budget.
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Come on! Roadkill is very high in protein!

Okay, true story, for our 10th aniversary we butchered a deer that was hit on the road about midnight outside of our house. How romantic, eh?
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Come on! Roadkill is very high in protein!

Okay, true story, for our 10th aniversary we butchered a deer that was hit on the road about midnight outside of our house. How romantic, eh?
Doe? If so then Yum!

I want to go hunting, not really for the "sporting" side of it, but so I can bag a good doe and have myself venison and homemade jerky. Actually on second thought, I just need to make a deal with someone, they probably waste plenty of animals w/o doing something productive with the meat.
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