Chef’s of all status of Reddit; what is an affordable good easy meal for someone in a struggle to buy to make?

Chef’s of all status of Reddit; what is an affordable good easy meal for someone in a struggle to buy to make?

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  1. Dry noodles are inexpensive. Figure out your sauces with tomato sauce, garlic, butter, or a butter/oil sauce, and you’re set.

    Add a protein in there, add a veggie and you have a meal that’s low cost.

  2. Chili is cheap as fuck to make. Doesn’t even need meat – You can make some tofu chili with tomato paste, some beans, onions, chili powder, some mushrooms if you’re fancy.

    Soup is good and you can make it by the vat. Soup stock with some vegetables, some noodles and beans or lentils for proteins and you’ve got yourself meals for a week.

    Any noodle dish is good, mix and match cheap proteins all you want. You can use peanut butter in stir fries and peas and it’ll get you big cheap fillings.

    Basically just look for anything you can prepare in bulk.

    Shoutout to r/MealPrepSunday/ – Look there for some inspiration. I’ve had to cook on shoestring and zero budget times, tupperware and bulk prep are your friends. Beans, lentils are your friends.

  3. I would have to say ramen. It is super easy to prepare, super cheap(like, 20 cents per pack), and you can add lots of stuff to it too.

    I like to do chicken ramen and an egg. It is easy to cook and clean, and super cheap!

  4. Honestly, the best way to cut costs with home cooked meals is to learn how to cook. Don’t buy pre-made things. The more you know how to prepare meals from scratch, the cheaper it is.

  5. Anyone know where I can dabble with meats? Such as cheap steaks or cheaper red meats? Reasonable amounts to have a bit a variety as I do love chicken but would love to add a bit more meat.

  6. I buy cucumber, onion, bell pepper, cherry tomatos, celery, and capers and dice them all. Then mix it into a can of tuna. Its pretty healthy and probably costs 2 dollars per serving.

    You can splash in what ever sauce you want. Oil + vinegar, hot sauce, salsa even pesto.

  7. I can cook meals that would make Gordon Ramsay bicker about the small details.

    Sometimes the most satisfying meal on the planet is a Peanut Butter and Jelly.

  8. i’m finding produce to still be relatively cheap here. essentially stopped eating meat while this’s going on. plus it’s hot as hell so i’m avoiding turning on anything hot.

    so salads. lots of salads. you can add beans and/or corn. even avocados are pretty normally priced here right now. peppers. mushrooms. whatever. salad’s super versatile.

    arugula lasts a real long time in the fridge but a lot of people hate it. i think it tastes kind of peppery and i like it. but buying whole romaine shoots also keep pretty well if you leave the bottom on it and just take off leaves for salad as you use.

    those grocery store rotisserie chickens are also still reasonably priced here. they’re always a solid option.

    and totally cheating and very local, but wawa hoagies are still really cheap vs calories here. i get a hoagie with 1250 calories for 6.50 after tax. check out local sandwich shops, math it out. always significantly cheaper to go and grab than doordash or whatever.

  9. My wife is from Gujrat in India and their go to meal is shak. Take a pan with a little oil, add mustard seed and fennel seed to the hot oil and let them pop add a teaspoon of turmeric and stir. Then add literally any veggies you have. Onion garlic potato pepper chickpeas any or all of the above, add water to cover and simmer. Easy peasy even I can do it.

    The veggies are cheap and cheerful and the spices last forever.

    I also recommend shopping in Indian/east Asian supermarkets just because they tend to be cheaper, you can’t get away with overcharging a Guju Ba she won’t stand for it!

  10. To add my own struggle meal …. I’ve eaten a sandwich constructed of a slice of bread/lettuce/a slice of cheese/ranch/and another slice of bread….. I was missing the turkey and was already making the sandwich. Weirdly enough it was almost like eating a salad.

  11. One of my go-to pastas: spaghetti and canned tuna (oil).

    The oil from the can makes for an effective sauce.

    Nutrition-wise, it’s a little heavy on the sodium, but you can spread it out with more noodles, the rest is basically carbohydrates and protein. Not the worst thing for an active lifestyle or bodybuilding. I recommend finely sliced green onions for flavor and *a* vegetable.

    Another is salad, especially if you can keep an open mind about what exactly constitutes *a salad*.

    I usually by the marked-down, nearly going bad vegetables unless I can make it to a farmer’s market to buy double what they sell at the supermarket for a third of the price. The only limits are your imagination and what your tastebuds will tolerate.

  12. Ok buy a small chicken and roast it for an hour (season the skin) take most of the meat off and leave it to cool and then dump the carcass with the wings on in a stock pot with ( roughly chopped) garlic, carrots, onion, celery, mushrooms and water – boil the fuck out of that with a lid on. Get all that flavour.

    Buy cheap carbs and cheap dairy and cheap chopped tomatoes – you can get enough for 4 meals. That chicken should be 4 meals.

    The boiled chicken stock should be getting good around the 3 hour mark. Add whatever herbs you want at the end along with any seasoning you think goes.

    With the stock you have flavour and you can use that to infuse your creamier stuff and tomato stuff. Especially if you cook your starchy stuff in the stock because you then get a sauce thickener. You can make each meal feel different whilst using the same base – it’s a similar concept to how Indian cooking might begin, you start with your stock and you add different veggies and and spices to make different dishes.

    If you got a good blender you could the whole carcass plus everything else for even more substance.

  13. Tuna casserole with baked potato.

    2 tins of tuna, one diced onion, one egg, lemon juice, crushed crackers or bread crumbs, etc. Mix everything together and put in a casserole dish. Bake for 30-40 minutes at 350 – 390 until top is browned.

    Put the baked potato in the oven while preparing the tuna. If the potato is large you may want to bake it 10 – 15 minutes before adding the tuna casserole to the oven.

  14. Bean salad is one of my favorites to make when I need tasty calories for cheap. All of the following I can find from my local dollar/99¢ store. Use either dried or canned beans. I usually opt to mix equal parts black, pinto, kidney. Sometimes I throw in chickpeas or other legumes I have in the pantry.

    Then add whatever other vegetables desired like red onion, corn, chopped tomatoes, jalapeno or serrano peppers, bell peppers, avocado if I find them on sale. Use what proportions you think is appropriate. I love lots of onion and tomato most.

    The most important part is the dressing. Two parts olive oil, one part lemon juice, ~tbs yellow mustard, optional ~tsp agave or whatever clean syrup you have, pinch salt.

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