Usually roast chicken. I always keep an eye on sales at the supermarket and buy a couple whole chickens when they have them on sale for under a dollar a pound. I usually get a couple of meals out of the legs/breasts, pick whatever other meat off the carcass and make some chicken salad for another meal and then use the carcass to make some stock and use that to make soup for another few meals.
>>7298443 Chicken breasts at $2 a pound. Salt, pepper, whatever fat I have lying around. Honestly a luxury at times.
Even cheaper still, rice and eggs. Eggs are the greatest food in the world both by themselves and for their many practical purposes. Rice because being raised in an Asian household means you sign an eternal contract with your body that demands rice at least three meals a week.
>>7298443 I'm not sure if it really counts as "budget", because the cost all-in is probably $3-ish, but:
cook a hamburger, 2 eggs any style you want (best: over easy or sunny side up, because rice fucking LOVES egg yolk).
Make brown gravy (I like this recipe, it's a good balance of "easy" and "good". Obviously, go with real stock instead of boullion if you got it. I make a half batch per Hamburger+2 eggs): http://www.theslowroasteditalian.com/2012/07/5-minute-5-ingredient-5-star-homemade.html
Make rice; how much rice per serving really depends on you. Because I'm a fucking glutton I have 2 scoops (1.5 cups) uncooked.
hamburger+eggs over rice, pour gravy on, dig in while hot.
>>7298443 ~$3.50 per plate: Steak plus sides ~$2.00 per plate: Roasted chicken breast plus sides ~$1.00 per plate: Breakfast sandwich/burrito
Sides include: >rice cooked various ways, typically w/ chicken stock and spices. >steamed broccoli >potatoes, either roasted wedges, mashed, or baked whole >bread, either homemade or store-bought if on sale
Semi Asian here (grandma born in Asia, but not me nor my dad and my mother's white), so when there's nothing in the house to eat, I make rice porridge with eggs, scallion/green onion and either stock cube or plain salt. If using stock it's under 30¢ per serving while salt would be about 19¢ per. Filling, but not much in the way of fat, nutrients and calories. It's about 235cal per serving. Adding oil or other ingredients would improve it, obviously.
Home made pizza. The dough is less than a dollar for around 2 large pizzas, sauce is essentially the cost of canned tomatoes and a few cents of spices/sugar/salt but leaves enough for 6+ pizzas. I don't actually know how much the cheese costs, maybe a few dollars. Toppings are usually cheap pepperoni, some peppers if I have any.
It's a fraction of the price of ordering pizza and is much better than pizza chains
>>7298459 >whole chickens when they have them on sale for under a dollar a pound The best I can get is about £1/lb - $1.40ish a pound, and that's mediocre chicken from stores that aren't exactly the best.
Still, I find I eat more healthily when it's a whole chicken. If I just had two chicken breasts, two chicken legs, and so on, I'd put a whole breast into a meal rather than just the amount of chicken I want. Better to slow-cook it if I'm too lazy to roast, and part it out myself.
>>7298443 >take 1kg mixed frozen vegetable bag (89p from ALDI) >dump straight out the bag into a pot, put the lid on and put on medium heat >eat 40p can of sardines whilst waiting >add salt and pepper to veggies and eat Very filling, easy, nutritious, and cheap
My usual shopping list when I was a broke college student.
Potatoes, rice, spagetti, bread, oatmeal, dried kidney beans, spinach, broccli, bananas, apples, canned beans, canned fish (tuna, salmon, sardines), eggs, canned meat (spam, ham, corned beef), milk, cheee singles, butter or margerine (cheaper), meat (chicken is usually cheap as is skirt steak, pork, ham, ground beef, anything cheap I worked cooking in a diner and a Denny's for years so Im pretty handy with whatever meat I get)
A sack of rice or potatoes is usually 10 pounds so you dont have to get them every week. Buy what you can when it is cheap. Canned proteins like beans, fish and meats are a lifesaver. Same with pasta, buy what is on sale, some spag with some meat done well can be filling and feed you pretty well. Milk, eggs, cheese or beans go with everything.
Invest in a slow cooker, you can get a decent one for $30. Buy some cheap ass pork or beef tendons, throw that and some root veggies in the slow cooker. Add water, soysauce, sugar, salt, bit of worcestershire sauce, until the liquid just covers up everything. Go to work/class, come back and it's done.
Usually Spam and rice, or if I'm feeling really rushed and don't want to deal with frying pans, beating an egg with soy sauce and pouring it over hot rice. The heat cooks it enough to keep salmonella away.
Jesus christ, guys, I'm not the poorest person in the world but even when I have literally no money I can still eat solid healthy food with cheap as fuck vegetables and homemade breads, pizza, and pasta.
>>7298443 Made some baked beans (2 cans cheap beer, 2 tbs tomato paste, 1 tbs chili powder, 2 tbs paprika, 1 tsp dry mustard, 1 onion, 4 cloves garlic, 2 cheap sausages, 3 cups dry beans, and some marjoram out of the garden) baked potato sour cream - 2 tbs butter - 2 tbs salt and pepper ate with some broccoli I ate a lot of beans and farted a lot for a few days, but it was good tasting and filling meals for under $2 each. I wasn't trying to go as cheap as I could. The same meal could be had for very cheap by leaving a few things out and looking for sale items.
>>7298443 Peanut butter sandwiches with jelly or bananas. I use 2 oz of peanut butter per sandwich, so i get enough protein that I don't have to buy meat. Last month I spent only $44 on food, mostly peanut butter.
some recipes use some spices but it can be great without them. Low-budget but also quite tasty on occasion but at times I've definitely over done it. Also before you get good at making it it can be really dry.
-Rice+Kimchi+egg -Rice+Raw egg+soy sauce + scallion -Miso soup -banana+coffee+any kind of baked good -nuts -chickpeas with crushed tomato and red onion seasoned with garlic, cumin, chili -homemade pizza -pasta
ramen if i am trying to save money for a big purchase and need to go into depravity mode
Ramen is very terrible because it's pretty much just wax coated starch in sodium soup. It's not very filling and even if you did add vegetables and meat, it'll just make you feel sick because of how much the noodles lack nutrition.
Even the fancy Asian instant ramen won't help you much if you're starving. You'll get full, but feel uneasy afterwards :C
>>7301700 I'm an ex fattie and just cannot get full no matter how much I eat. Lost a fucktonne of weight by just not eating, took it too far (110lbs at 5'9) and I'm bulking now by just eating hundreds of calories of veggies I don't know why I typed all this
Don't talk shit about onions. They're literally the best vegetable in the world and can compliment or enhance the flavors of any dish.
I love onions raw, cooked, grilled, sauteed, caramelized, pickled, you name it. Pearl onions, red onions, yellow onions, white onions. If you're going to buy just one organic product, make that product an onion. Organic onions are SO potent for some reason.
rice and dry beans are probably the cheapest nutrient dense food you can get. Seasonal produce, like right now a 5 gallon bucket of kale or collards is 99 cents. Egg nog is on major sale right now, half gallon for 2$, and its literally liquid ice cream. churn it or drink it for a filling creamy food. If you have access to someone with a costco card, a bag of frozen veggies and a rotisserie chicken is 12$ out the door, and will give you 5-7 meals of chicken, chicken soup etc. Plus you can make bone broth out of the carcass, which you can freeze in ice cube trays to keep your nutrients up when you are eating rice and beans
>>7305244 I forgot to add >one box of pasta >one jar of sauce >half a red onion >one bell pepper >some portobella mushrooms >a pound of ground meat >saute veggies and season with salt/pepper >boil pasta >mix sauce, veggies, and meat >mix with the pasta >get 5+ pounds of food that is extremely filling
1 egg+1 slice of bread+1 tsp butter (butter not necessary but it tastes better this way) Cut hole in bread, big enough to hold the egg but don't cut of so much that there's only crust. Put egg in hole and fry like you would normally. You can also cook the little part you cut out but it's your choice.
I always have beans, minced garlic, rice and raise chickens for eggs and meat in my backyard. So, probably a chicken thigh and black bean soup. If I have red onions, pickle them and top the soup with them. I always buy them when they go on sale and pickle at least 4 jars.
>Chop 1 whole red onion, 3 cloves of garlic and 1 whole red bell pepper and sautee them in olive oil on medium low >Once the onions are translucent and soft, add 1 tablespoon smoked paprika, 1 tablespoon sumac, 1 teaspoon turmeric, black pepper (to taste), 60ml red chili paste (such as sambal oelek), 1 small handful of mint leaves (chopped) and the juice of half a lemon >Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, for about a minute >Add 1 can (roughly 400ml) crushed tomatoes, then add three times this can's volume in water >Stir and bring the mixture to a boil >Add 250ml dry red lentils and 2 tablespoons of chicken or vegetable bouillon paste (such as Better than Bouillon), or some bouillon cubes >Stir until bouillon is fully incorporated, then reduce to a low simmer and cover >Cook until lentils are completely tender >Add 45ml of tahina (sesame paste) and stir to incorporate
Serve with rice, makes 4-5 big portions. It's vegan if you use vegetable bouillon but it's heterosexual if you don't.
>huge bag of rice / noodles >huge bag of frozen chicken / huge bag of beans >huge bag of frozen mushrooms / spinach / mixed vegs >huge containers of simple spices / sauces >huge jugs of canola oil >medium saucepan >large wok >glass storage bowls seriously how do people spend a lot of money on home cooking? that's like 50 bucks for a month. blow the other half of your food budget on liquor.
>>7308380 >Made 60k after taxes last year and spend 40k on food. >40k on food >40/12 = 3.3 >3.3k a month on food >31~ days a month >spending over 1 grand a week on food Are you eating at fucking gourmet restaurants every day or some shit? That's literally over 100 dollars a day on food. Fucking how.
You could literally buy a used car every month for all the money you are spending on month.
You must either eat like a king, or be fat as fuck.
>>7300980 Walmart, Aldis, Save-a-Lot. I never pay more than $2/lb for boneless skinless frozen chicken breasts. Even less for bone-in. My target sale price is closer to $1.60lb.
Thigh and leg quarters are even better, about 60-70 cents a pound in 10lb bags.
>>7302356 It works while you're young. You can eat like that and not die.
When I was a brokeass motherfucker trying to work my way through college who didn't realize white people could get food stamps we lived for months at a time on 5-cent packs of ramen.
We found it on sale one evening and myself and a roommate each bought $20 worth - our entire food budget for like a fucking month. We cleared shelves and pulled from the back stock. Multiple carts piled high of the shit.
Yes, that's 800 packs of ramen. We had only a few dishes in the dorm so our kitchen cabinets were bare anyway... now stuffed full solid with ramen.
Also, Picante Beef and Creamy Chicken are the shit.
The cashier girl gave us the most awful fucking glare the entire time, too. I don't think she blinked once. Just death-glare. Apparently their store was one of the dipshit retard ones that don't have the "quantity" button active on their POS. Each one scanned... individually.
Boop. Boop. Boop. Boop. Glare.
We'd also scrounge for change, take the nickels and dimes out of the little cups by the registers at gas stations, and whenever we saved up a dollar we'd buy a dozen eggs. Harboiled. Literally the perfect food.
three packs a day - one for breakfast, two for dinner. Lunch was usually a hardboiled egg if we ate since we could pocket it easily and take it to class with us. For like three months I swear we lived on twenty-five fucking cents a day worth of sodium and the occasional bummed cigarette.
>>7305151 I legitimately can't bring myself to hate those dumb fuckers that mess with the town bicycles and think they need to make honest women. The sheer degrees of fuck they get involved with is enough of a life lesson for the all rest of us to know better.
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