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01-25-2019 12:01 PM
David3 Dry split green peas are the cheapest of all bagged legumes, and they have as much protein as lentils or beans. In the U.S., probably the only cheaper legume is bulk-supplied pinto beans.
01-25-2019 10:33 AM
Tom I'm not sure how much one of my most common meals costs because I'm not sure how much it weighs! The quick-cooking rolled oats I use are about $1.50 per pound... that would be about $3 per kilogram, but I don't know what the current exchange rate is for other currencies.

For breakfast, I have a big bowl of oats... but uncooked. I usually moisten it with water (unless I have some sort of nondairy milk on hand), and have 1 or 2 pieces of fruit with it: apple, pear, peach, plum, banana, a cup of grapes- maybe even an orange or tangerine, which sounds kind of unconventional, but orange juice is a common drink, so why not? Sometimes I put the fruit in the oats, but often I eat it on the side.
12-08-2018 11:32 AM
Werewolf Girl
Originally Posted by joombo View Post
oatmeal, I try to eat it every morning
Same! Or rice and beans.
10-08-2018 02:11 AM
joombo oatmeal, I try to eat it every morning
04-13-2018 12:37 AM
Spudulika This is my cheap eating blog. Rarely updated, but I do regularly eat the food I post - so no 'experiments' and they should work. Many of them are done in bulk, so they can be fridged for later in the week, or frozen for later in the month. I'm a fan of saving time too.
04-11-2018 05:52 PM
AspiringBuddha Split pea soup: costs about $1.75 for the whole recipe, and is delicious and filling. It calls for vegetable broth but I just use water.

Taste of Home Veg*n Split Pea Soup
04-11-2018 04:15 PM
blue_green_gold A can of black beans and a can of corn dumped together and sprinkled with salt, pepper and cumin.

A while back I went from vegan to low fat vegan to lose weight. No added oils and nothing with oil, no soy, avocado, nuts or seeds (except on my day off!). I am eating heaps of delicious food and saving a fortune by not buying processed food!
04-11-2018 03:22 AM
etherea I live very frugally so even though I absolutely love good food I do many things to keep the cost down:

Keep a stock of pasta, rice and noodles.

Have a store cupboard full of herbs and spices

If making a sauce make a load and separate into portions for freezer

Keep anything at all left over. Always serves another purpose - add to it to make another meal, add it to soup etc.

Never put the oven on for one thing
12-04-2017 11:59 AM
Soulwatcher The cheapest meal that I eat is buttered noodles. My friend's mom taught me how to make it because we all were poor growing up. You take a 1LB box of noodles and you cook them until they are fully cooked. And then you put butter and salt on them and there is your super cheap meal. I like to use a quarter stick of butter. And then you freeze the rest of the noodles for 3+ other meals. And when you reheat them to let them dethaw out in the fridge and put the butter on top when you cook them in the microwave to reheat them.
01-30-2016 06:31 PM
littestvegan I agree with this, you can't really go wrong with any of this!
01-18-2016 01:53 PM
silva I really don't care for the rice and beans combo. Well I do them with fat free refried and the can of chilis and chopped tomatoes. Thats a quick, easy, cheap dish
I love rice and lentils-mujadara
01-18-2016 12:51 PM
LedBoots Rice and beans ftw
01-17-2016 01:27 PM
Originally Posted by Naturebound View Post
Canned pumpkin, banana, peanut butter mixture
That would make an interesting and quick sauce for noodles
01-17-2016 10:26 AM
Lil' Tofu I'm a college student so everything I make is cheap. Meals I make regularly are probably potato curry, stir fry, chickpea salad, pasta with tomato sauce, soup, chili, and rice with vegetables.
01-17-2016 09:24 AM
Verbena Are you able to grow your own vegetables? We don't have a garden but we have an allotment and we base our meals on what we grow. This week for example, we had pumpkin soup, spinach tian, potato salad, green salad and apple and mincemeat jalousie.
The pumpkin, spinach, potatoes, lettuce and apples are all our own.
Also Indian food is generally very cheap to prepare - vegetable curry, lentil dhal and rice or homemade chapati make for a substantial and nourishing meal and very cheap to prepare. Buying the lentils and rice from an Asian shop will always be cheaper than buying them from a supermarket, and if you've got the money, buying the larger quantity bags/sacks make it cheaper still.
Hope this helps?
01-15-2016 05:31 AM
Spudulika Split pea soup is probably one of the very cheapest things I make. Split peas are ridiculously cheap here in the UK.
01-15-2016 02:17 AM
Naturebound two slices of homemade whole wheat bread with kidney beans and salsa on top, or with fat free refried pinto beans on top

oatmeal with frozen berries or a fresh banana mixed in and some cinnamon

any kind of bean and vegetable soup combination, cooked in water (some cheaper vegetables are celery, carrots, most leafy greens, green bell peppers, zucchini, fresh green beans, onions, mushrooms)

spaghetti topped with a mix of canned tomato sauce and cooked veggies such as zucchini, tomato, green bell pepper, mushroms, and red lentils or black beans

Canned pumpkin, banana, peanut butter mixture

marinaded and grilled or sauteed portobello mushroom strips, green pepper, onion over brown rice or couscous
01-14-2016 09:57 PM
morningsong I've been trying to decrease my spending lately so I've had some days where I just try to use what's in the cupboard. I know olive oil isn't the cheapest but all you have to do it combine it with lemon juice and it makes a great easy sauce for a mix of veggies, or as I like it, on black eyed peas. Cook lentil with a bay leaf and then serve it with a tiny bit of balsamic vinegar and black pepper and it's also a cheap meal. Any kind of cake can also be made pretty cheaply, not that it's the healthiest. Oh and chili. Throw beans, veggies, tomato paste/diced tomatos in with some chili powder and a bit of cumin. Easy and yummy. Tofu scramble's also pretty reasonable depending on veggies use. Just curry powder, tofu, tomatos and green/red pepper with a bit of onion/onion powder. I've also been eating more oat meal recently. I've found the key to liking it is sugar and peach juice haha. The cheap peach-apple blend they sell at walmart plus some soy milk and cinnamon. Then there's of course pasta and rice. I like my pasta with a bit of dry basil cooked with it and then you can add a cheap can of tomato sauce or just a little olive oil and salt. The more expensive option would be to add fresh basil, onion, garlic, tomatoes and oil and make your own tomato sauce. Plain basmatti rice with a bit of canola oil is nice. I also make really good rice with 1 cup rice, 2 cups water, 2 cups frozen peas and 2 carrots chopped small, 1 bunch green onion and 8 tsp soy sauce.
01-14-2016 04:44 AM
Gita A bowl of white rice with some sprinkles of spice, and onion. Cheap. Oatmeal. Crock pot beans. All cheap. Like 1.50 for 4-7 meals or so. A microwaved potato sandwich.
01-13-2016 02:52 PM
silva Lentil kofta! I make a pot at the beginning of every week--

gently simmer -
1 cup red lentils (split lentils are best for a pate') in-
2 cups water
for between 10 and 15 minutes, till very soft.
Turn off heat and stir in -
1/2 cup bulgar wheat (cracked wheat) and cover. Let sit

I also add about a teaspoon of cumin, tumeric, and garlic powder, but you can season how you like.
I shape into patties for sandwiches with pickles, onions, lettuce, and either v mayo, mustard, ketchup- I usually have this cold
You can add to veggie broth for a substantial quick soup
Make balls and dredge in bread crumbs and sautee or bake
Great for romaine lettuce wraps

I just learned that red lentils can be bought either split, or "football" which are the whole lentil.I used to buy them in bulk and think they were split, but never knew a difference until I bought at an Indian grocery. The whole (football) keep their shape.

Red lentils I get for $1.75 a lb.
Cracked wheat $1.50 a lb
One pound is about 3.5 cups so about .75 cents a pot. Makes a lot!
01-13-2016 02:33 PM
maremare This is cheaper in the summer, but my favorite cheap meal is Zoodle Soup.
Dice 1 tomato and saute in a drizzle of olive oil, add italian seasonings and chopped fresh garlic. Before garlic gets brown and bitter, add 1/2 cup of water. Add in 1 medium-large zucchini that has been spiralized (if you don't have a spiralizer, use a vegetable peeler to make long, thin strips) and cook until it's as done as you like it, I prefer a bit of crunch. Add another 1/2 cup to 1 cup of water to get as soupy as you like. Season with black pepper, red pepper flakes, and veggie or tomato bouillon. Finish with a bit of dairy or non-dairy cheese if you like.
01-11-2016 11:57 PM
Thalassa4 Any kind of dry beans or lentils prepared with onions and/or garlic sautéed in oil before adding water and bouillon or veg broth, dried spices of choice, and fresh or frozen vegetables of choice...I can't imagine it getting any cheaper for the amount of nutrition you get. If you go to a food bank many times you can request dried rather than canned beans. Onion and garlic are cheap, flavorful, last forever in a dry pantry, and are nutritious. You can get vegetables frozen on sale, and fresh celery and carrots tend to be very cheap, as well as potatoes. Add rice or other grains if you don't want or have potatoes to get a complete protein.

Everyone is saying can make a nutritious "cheese" sauce from oil and flour made into a roux, add soy milk, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper, and just a dab of dijon mustard or tumeric for flavor. If you always keep those things on hand anyway, it's likely cheaper than specially buying vegan butter or pasta sauce, and you can always add tomatoes or spinach if you have it.

Ramen (throw icky spice package away) prepared, drain most of the water, except for a small amount to help melt a heaping spoonful of nut butter, top off with lemon or lime juice, soy sauce or Braggs aminos, and Sriracha or chili oil if desired.
06-19-2015 05:41 AM
Kiwibird08 Well One of my cheaper meals (when we have low funds in our food budget) would be 5-6 bananas. At 52 cents a pound, it really is cheap, they are nutritious and calories-dense (for fruit). Another that comes to mind would be 2 heads of kale (at a buck a piece, that's only $2 for a filling, nutritious meal), or 5-6 apples when they're on sale for >75 cents a pound. Of course, for a cooked vegan, one of my favorite less-expensive (though not dirt cheap) meals would be about 2 cups shredded red cabbage, 2-3 shredded carrots, about 1/4 of a red onion (chopped) and a splash of apple cider vinegar (you could also add a tbsp of agave syrup too). Just toss em' in a pot, and cook on med heat (stirring frequently) until they become soft and tender (about 15 min). Very tasty! Other dishes that come to mind would be mashed potatoes, beans and rice, rice noodles with vegan bullion for flavor (you could add a frozen veg stir-fry too to keep costs low), lentils, pasta....

Of course the simpler you keep the meal, the less expensive it is. May not be the most delicious, but if it keeps your cost low and has reasonably good nutritional value, IMO, it's better than putting food on a credit card or simply not eating because you can't have a more complex meal! If your cooked-vegan, make pasta, rice noodles, rice, grains and beans (from the bulk section, if available) the staples of your diet because of the low cost and relatively good nutritional value. Buy whatever fruit or veg are on sale (or a always cheap) to make sure your getting as much fresh produce as possible. Incorporate whatever that may be into your meals.
06-19-2015 04:17 AM
Blobbenstein oil-?p
baked beans-30p
curry powder-?p

must be around a pound(1.60 dollar)

about 1000kcals.

I add a tin of mushrooms sometimes.
06-19-2015 04:03 AM
PandemicAcolyte Classics I did when I was low on money. Dinners were lentils cooked in vegetable broth with frozen veggies(usually broccoli, an carrots) poured over rice. And black beans put on rice and corn mixture with jalapenos and salsa on top. And mornings were oatmeal with a banana and some brown sugar.
06-19-2015 12:59 AM
cheapest meal

banana smoothie
06-17-2015 02:23 PM
LedBoots Wow great ideas all! Very inspiring to get me in the kitchen!
06-17-2015 01:01 PM
no whey jose
Originally Posted by Paisley.Dear View Post
I love to make veggie-pot-pie! This is the recipe that I use: Veggie-Pot-Pie. Sometimes I'll cook it in a cast iron pan or skillet, either way it turns out good and it's both filling and tasty.

Home-made Chili is also cheap to make and very healthy. I use dry beans, soaked the night before because they are so affordable and substitute mushrooms for the meat a recipe calls for. It goes especially well with home made corn bread.

Vegetable stir fry is also one of our household favorites. When we catch a good sale we try to stock up on frozen vegetables that we want and cook them up with either rice or noodles.
I bookmarked this pot pie recipe. I love pot pie and I'm hoping to get a crock pot in the next few months. Thanks!
06-17-2015 12:57 PM
prettygurl09 Pasta is the cheapest food. I eat them with tomatoes and lentils or beans and some veggies assorted veggies. I miss them with creamy sauces but I find it too heavy for my stomach after.

But lately, I ate pasta added with stir fried mushrooms and a bit of soy sauce. It was so amazing. So rich yet light. I loved it.

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06-17-2015 09:23 AM
LeThieu92 Pasta pesto, or pasta with homemade basil tomatoe sauce. Though lately I'm getting sick of eating pasta! Lol

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