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Hmm. when I have to eat poor, I take some brown rice, and I saute it at the bottom of a pan in oil and add LOTS of spices until SLIGHTLY browned... Trust me, you'll need a lot of spices. Put the appropriate amount of water in (replace half of it with tomato sauce if you wish, it's good that way. But you WILL have to add more water) You may need to add more water later, I haven't perfected this recipe yet. When it's VERY close to being finished cooking, (I have pre-cooked lentils, garbanzo, and kidney beans in my freezer) I add my desired amount of beans (defrosted). You can eat this in a tortilla with steamed veggies, or just plain!<br><br><br><br>
It's poor food- but poor food is still good!!!
 

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Oh, that sounds really good, Fafafrappy.<br><br><br><br>
I like to take a head of cabbage and an onion and cut them into med. pieces. Then, fry them in some olive oil with salt and pepper. (you can season as you wish, but I like this with just the basics) I let the cabbage and onions get really soaked with the olive oil and then brown...this makes the onions taste sweeter. I eat this with perhaps some potatoes on the side or alone. I love it and cabbage is generally cheap.
 

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I tend to make soup of chili when I'm poor and just freeze everything so that I don't try to buy convenience foods-which is what kills my budget. Cauliflower soup-is just onions, cauliflower, veg stock to cover....cook on med until cauliflower is tender then blend it up and you have a great creamy soup (I often add garlic and other flavourings but you don't need to)...and I always have cans of tomatoes in my pantry so I use those and whatever veggies I have and frozen beans ( cuz I buy them dry and then freeze them) and even brown rice and throw it in a pot with curry paste or spices (chili etc) and then I freeze it in serving sizes...it does seem to help my bank account
 

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Sometimes when I'm running low on groceries (like this week! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("> ) I make a big pot of black-eyed peas (from the dry peas - costs 50 cents at the most!) and cook a separate pot of rice, then blend 'em together and sprinkle with some Mrs. Dash or other spice mixture. You can easily eat it for three days before running out (or getting tired of it! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">).<br><br><br><br>
I've also found that sprinkling some soy parmesan on it adds an extra kick, as does a dash of hot sauce. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Anyway, it's simple, but I love it. And if you happen to have some other veggies, etc., to put in it, that'll add to the flavor, too!
 

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i make a really cheap soup<br><br><br><br>
lots of water, a couple vegan bouillon cubes, some pasta, and any other canned/frozen/fresh produce and beans you have<br><br><br><br>
throw it all in a pot, cover and cook for like 40 minutes<br><br><br><br>
my fav is brocolli, lima beans, and some fake chicken strips with noodles<br><br><br><br>
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Last night I made a very quick and cheap dinner. Black beans, corn, onion, green chilies, and pre-packaged fajita seasoning (make sure it's vegetarian of course.) We ate it in flour tortillas and you can make spanish rice pretty cheap with canned tomatoes and spices.<br><br><br><br>
I love to make chili: kidney beans, black beans, onion, green pepper, tomatoes. You can add tvp at the end if you want.<br><br><br><br>
Beans, rice, and tvp are all very cheap. There are endless combinations you can make with those three and different veggies and spices.
 

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2 parts cooked lentils + 1 part cooked brown rice + breadcrumbs + tons of spices (I like tumeric and crushed red pepper) + some garlic + random frozen veggies can make lentil burgers you can freeze for later
 

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Red beans & rice<br><br><br><br>
Soak beans overnight, rinse well...coook with a chopped onion, fresh garlic, salt, thyme & a Bay leaf or two...about 4 hours. Serve over brown rice.<br><br><br><br>
I always use small red beans...(this is always better the 2nd day)
 

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how about sweet potato and black bean burritos!?!<br><br><br><br>
first peel and boil 1 large sweet potato until tender, mash and set aside..then saute an onion and a couple cloves of garlic in a little olive oil, mix in a can of black beans and whatever seasonings you like plus a little braggs and spoon equal amounts of black bean and sweet potatoes into a warm tortilla, roll up and enjoy! (wrap leftovers individually in foil and freeze if you like)<br><br><br><br>
I also like to eat beans and rice alot when money is tight as well. Also crockpot type meals work well too as they are generally cheap and there's usually lots of leftovers to freeze.<br><br><br><br>
Trying to buy produce that's in season will also save you some $$$ too!<br><br><br><br>
Hope this helps! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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tonight we were down to our last...<br><br><br><br>
so i got a can of vege soup, added some leftover tomato sauce stuff (canned tomatoes wold do, or any tomatoey thing), a blob of marmite, some ground coriander and pepper (or whatever your spicey dlights are)...<br><br><br><br>
then i chicked in a packet of red lentils, added a bit of water to make sure there was enough water, some crushed garlic, a can of corn kernels........<br><br><br><br>
simmer........... simmer.............. till lentils cooked and nice and gooey, no extra lilquid, dahl-like consistency....<br><br><br><br>
yummo!<br><br><br><br>
oh, there was a dash of olive oil in there somewhere too...
 

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good thread!<br><br><br><br>
i agree with the soup idea. All i do is cook some vegetables (pumpkin, or sweet potato etc) in veggie stock, then blend & scoff. Might even throw in some lentils to thicken it.<br><br><br><br>
Theres always baked beans. yum.
 

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I like to take<br><br><br><br>
pre-cooked brown rice (kept on hand in the freezer)<br><br>
a (drained) can of green beans<br><br>
a drained and rinsed can of beans<br><br>
and some garlic salt<br><br><br><br>
add a tiny bit of oil, and fry... this is good with added tomato sauce and spices.
 

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lentils are pretty inexpensive and can be used to make veggie chopped liver. some kosher places use lentils this way as well. i cook lentils till tender, drain then mash, you can even puree. i add seasonings, salt, pepper, mrs. dash or some dried soup mix, to taste. then refrigerate. when cold it's great on bread with mustard, or on crackers, even as a veggie dip. the mustard really brings out the taste. you can also add chopped onions, browned onions are really good in this.<br><br><br><br>
another option is to cook split peas till tender, drain, add tomato sauce and season to taste as above. this is a really good side dish and tastes good hot or cold. you can also make it spicier with seasonings. both lentils and split peas are inexpensive yet produce a large quantity of food.<br><br>
when low on the dough, been known to also consume more peanut butter sandwiches than i normally would<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ooh, I have another one if you have a crock pot!!!<br><br><br><br><br><br>
Take desired amount of brown rice, and required amount of water. Microwave that until a lot of the water is absorbed. Pour this into the bottom of a crock pot. Cut up some potatoes (1 per person), carrots (2 per person), celery (2 per person), or any other vegetables you would like. Season them well. Put them over the rice.<br><br><br><br>
TUrn crock pot on high, cool until rice is fluffy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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i was on a really tight budget for a while.. i used to eat lots of canned food (chickpeas, lentils, etc) and cereal. yup, that's pretty much it... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/tongue3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":p">
 

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Okay.. A person can live off a can of Busch's Vegetarian Baked Beans for a week or so. Yep, I'm all about the canned foods. Baked beans can be a sandwich filling, mashed into a bagel topper, over potatoes, mixed with rice for a sweet variation on the classic burrito...<br><br><br><br>
One thing about living on a budget.. is that bread goes stale before you can eat it all. For this reason, I have no shame in living off of cereal (at least for breakfast and lunch). Granola in yogurt, peanut butter topped cereal... (Or is that gross?)
 

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Bread can be stored in the freezer, and you can grab a piece frozen then toast it and it will be fine. I've stored bread there before.<br><br><br><br>
Hmm...right now I can think up many suggestions. But, if you buy bananas, peel the brown ones and freeze, they are great in smoothies or banana bread.
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by CharityAJO</i><br><br><b>Okay.. A person can live off a can of Busch's Vegetarian Baked Beans for a week or so. Yep, I'm all about the canned foods. Baked beans can be a sandwich filling, mashed into a bagel topper, over potatoes, mixed with rice for a sweet variation on the classic burrito...<br><br><br><br>
One thing about living on a budget.. is that bread goes stale before you can eat it all. For this reason, I have no shame in living off of cereal (at least for breakfast and lunch). Granola in yogurt, peanut butter topped cereal... (Or is that gross?)</b></div>
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Heh, I thought I was the only one who put pb on top of cereal! Ya'll gotta try it. It's awesome! I like to put it on top of Kix... or sometimes, I'll put it on chocolate cereal! Mmmm. Kinda like a Reese's. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/lick.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lick:"><br><br><br><br>
I love the vegetarian baked beans, too. They are a definite staple. Or, you could make your own baked beans, and that would be even cheaper.<br><br><br><br>
I agree, that when you're broke, a big pot of soup is the way to go! Even if it is HOT outside, just crank your A/C up, put on some Christmas carols! Your brain won't know the difference! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
We usually make ours' in a crock pot. Here's what I put -<br><br><br><br>
Large can of tomato sauce<br><br>
2 cans of veggie broth<br><br>
Package of frozen vegetables<br><br>
About a cup of dry lentils<br><br>
A little hot sauce<br><br>
Garlic powder, salt, pepper<br><br>
Dijon mustard (gives it a great flavor)<br><br><br><br>
We let that simmer all night and chow down the next day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> Good stuff. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><br><br>
Btw, I just want to add - Being poor is rough sometimes, but in a way, it's a blessing. I know plenty of kids who have grown up very comfortably and now as young adults, they still have mommy and daddy there to wipe their little noses. ( AKA, give them MONEY) I'm talking a 100 bucks a week, just for being alive. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"><br><br><br><br>
I may not have that, but I know my parents love me more than life itself, and would give me the world, if they could. But, they can't. And I don't find that unfortunate. Since I have not been sheltered from all of life's obstacles, I realize that life is not a a free ride, and that if I want something, I'm going to have to work hard for it. Being poor has made me appreciate all the little things SO much. The things wealthy people would usually take for granted.<br><br><br><br>
Ok, that's sort of on topic. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 
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