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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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    Quote Originally Posted by sirpoopalot View Post
    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by 1fluffhead View Post
    Go to a farmers market if you can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1fluffhead View Post
    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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    Roadkill

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    isn't ramen high fat, high sodium with little nutritional benefit?

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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    isn't ramen high fat, high sodium with little nutritional benefit?
    +1

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by v1k1ng1001 View Post
    isn't ramen high fat, high sodium with little nutritional benefit?
    um, yeah, it is.
    So what's your point?
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    Quote Originally Posted by banerjek View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by crtreedude View Post
    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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