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Days were I could drop 80 bucks every week on foo foo organic groceries and ****, but now things are tight like britney spears' pants and no longer can I afford the bourgeoisie hippymart.<br><br><br><br>
I subsist mostly on ramen, protein shakes, Budweiser, and rice and froveg, and this is fine by me, but I'm almost sick of ramen, and I'm always on the lookout for cheaper alternatives to normal food. Anyone?
 

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go to ethnic groceries for cheap food...<br><br><br><br>
tofu is a lot cheaper at the asian grocery, so is gluten. curry pastes are really cheap and make 4 or 5 meals worth of curry sauce. noodles are also really cheap....<br><br><br><br>
example: a package of spicy tofu costs $1.69 at my local asian grocery. the same amount of seasoned tofu at my local natural foods store costs over twice that.<br><br><br><br>
i make a lot of curry sauces with veggies and tofu and rice noodles.... there are so many types of curry i could eat that meal almost every day....
 

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Brilliant! See, THAT'S what I'm talking about! As often as I would go to ethnic restaurants when I can afford it, I rarely ever went to an ethnic shopper.<br><br><br><br>
Hrmm... I'm in Delaware... Short of going up to Philly, I wonder if there's any ethnics around here at all! Taco Bell is ethnic food around here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":mad:"><br><br><br><br>
 

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And at those ethnic grocers you can get big huge bags of rice for nothing (just be sure to keep it somewhere airtight so it doesn't get bugs.<br><br><br><br>
I make a lot of soup. Just from whatever is laying around. And canned chili- add in your own tvp or whatever. Just make sure it doesn't have beef or beef fat in it.<br><br><br><br>
Do you have an Aldi's? They are this weird but very cheap grocery store run by Germans.
 

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No Aldi's, but I found an orientalmart down the street from campus! I'll be checking that out this weekend!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by aesuan</i><br><br><b>there are so many types of curry i could eat that meal almost every day....</b></div>
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Any easy/cheap concactions you reccommend??
 

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i like all curries.... start with a green or red or yellow curry...<br><br><br><br>
i usually take about 2 tablespoons of curry paste (i like my sauce spicy) and mix it with 2 cups (or so - i never measure) of soymilk (or you can use a can of coconut milk, that's really fatty though and also makes it more expensive).<br><br><br><br>
be careful, it's easy to use to use too much paste!<br><br><br><br>
then just heat it up.... while it's cooking, i usually add some cornstarch to the sauce to thicken it up.<br><br><br><br>
i pour it on top of stir fried veggies and spicy tofu... whatever veggies i have around, always red/green peppers, onions, garlic, broccoli is good... and rice noodles...<br><br><br><br>
it's pretty basic... and easy. and leftovers...
 

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Perhaps check the fasting thread? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by aesuan</i><br><br><b>it's pretty basic... and easy. and leftovers...</b></div>
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and now i'm friggin hungry!!!<br><br><br><br>
i'll let you know how the experiment... er... cooking goes.
 

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Pasta. Very cheap to buy dried [check no egg in it some expensive brands have egg]<br><br>
Takes 10 minutes to boil up. Make a sauce of anything. Or just drip olive oil on it and black pepper. I like sundried tomato paste and a spoonful of juicy cilantro from a jar[doesn't need cooking I just stir it in]<br><br>
Cold pasta can be made into a salad.
 

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I have soooo much pasta!!! Indeed, it is a staple. I have to find some new way of preparing it... Cold is a good idea...
 

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Is there such a thing as whole wheat angel hair pasta? I adore angel hair pasta, but I want some nutritional value in it, too.
 

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Dude, it's all about the Asian markets. They smell like fish, but man, do they have some awesome **** for cheap.<br><br><br><br>
Once, I bought several packs of shrimp-shaped yam paste (it's got a tofu-like consistency, and it's good for you), a ton of different types of noodles (udon is my favorite), various jars of curries and sauces, and two twelve-packs of mango soda for less than 20 bucks. It fed me and my family for nearly 2 weeks. We still have a few unopened jars of curry.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Is there such a thing as whole wheat angel hair pasta? I adore angel hair pasta, but I want some nutritional value in it, too.</div>
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Yes there is. Hodgson Mill's makes whole wheat angel hair pasta. They sell that brand in my local grocery store in the health section.<br><br>
I switched to whole wheat pasta two years ago and now I can't stand the pasty white stuff. Ick. It's like eating paper.
 

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I had whole wheat pasta tonight...yummy! I'm with ya Tova. I can't stand white pasta anymore. It's all like limp and tastless. Yuck!
 

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<div class="quote-block"><i>Originally posted by Vegankat</i><br><br><b>Dude, it's all about the Asian markets. They smell like fish, but man, do they have some awesome **** for cheap.</b></div>
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yeah! even though i kept hearing about it, it took me forever to actually go shopping at the local asian grocery store. but the first time i went i got 2 bags of stuff for $15 that lasted me weeks... and i was hooked. i would have paid at least twice that much for that amount of food in a natural foods or regular grocery store...<br><br><br><br>
i love all the varieties of noodles (even buckwheat noodles!) and there are sooo many things to look at in that store... it's so weird to go into a small store and have soooo many options! every time i go i discover something new. and i always spend too long in that store...<br><br><br><br>
it's totally worth facing all the weird dead frozen stuff...<br><br><br><br>
i plan to go to the local indian grocery soon... i'm hoping to find cheap, good, interesting food there, too...
 

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well, they take some time to prepare, but dried legumes are extremely economical, nutritious, and can be very tasty too.<br><br><br><br>
the cuisine of india is a great place to look for tasty veggie recipes that are made cheaply; but you'll need a fairly good stock of spices on hand (which can be expensive). lentil dahl is so good with rice.
 

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I have a can of lentils in my cupboard from months and months ago. It was actually one of the first things I purchased when I became veg. I never have gotten around to looking up a receipe I can use them in. Hmmm..gonna have to do that soon.
 
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