Originally Posted by Kindred
I wonder if i can stay alive if all I eat are lentils, rice and sprouted beans, seeds and legumes... hmmm could be good :-)
I realize this started with having to eat what you had until next paycheck, but...
I eat mostly these items and this is the cheapest I can find them in my area:
Rolled Oats ($0.89/lb)
Chickpeas ($1.39/lb) - slightly more expensive, but amazing for making homemade hummus, which is my favorite dip for veggies and it's amazingly healthy.
Flaxseed ($1.29/lb) - Toss it in a coffee grinder for about 10-20 seconds and it's WAY cheaper than flax seed oil. I use this to make hummus, in many baking recipes as a fat substitute, in my hummus and so on.
Peanuts ($1.39/lb) - Roast them yourself, then grind them into a paste. You DO need a good blender or food processor to do this and it takes a while. Other options are to buy pre-roasted peanuts, which cost about the same, but there's usually added salt or other garbage. You can also just buy natural peanut butter, which is about $2.20/lb, but it doesn't taste as good.
Sesame Seeds ($2.49/lb) - Expensive where I am, but I put these in a coffee grinder and use these instead of buying tahini. I don't bother trying to make it into a paste, because it works fine as a powder when making hummus and is MUCH cheaper.
Grown in a very small garden (I had to be selective):
Basil, parsley, cilantro, greek oregano and rosemary
A few hot peppers (serrano, habenero, cayenne) and sweet 100 cherry tomatoes (I’m trying these out).
You could grow lettuce, but since we have a bunch of deer, rabbits and other critters, so I grow what costs more.
Almond milk: Almond milk costs me between $0.84 per gallon (if as diluted as store bought) to $2.19 per gallon to make. Almond Breeze is $2.69 for 32oz where I live; while it does include a bunch of additives for various vitamins, that is a big part of what you are being charged for. A gallon is 128oz, so if you decide to add a little bit of sugar for taste, you are still looking at less than $0.25 per 32oz if diluted like Almond Breeze.
Soy milk: Even cheaper to make, but it does take more work, unless you have a soy milk machine. I made it for the first time this evening and it turned out great, but I would watch a video on it first so you know what to do. Soy Beans are about $1.09 where I live. I don't have the exact cost calculated for this, but it's much cheaper than almond milk. Save the pulp to make other goodies.
There are some other things I eat, but if you need something long-term cheap, here’s a start.