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So beans and rice are just about the cheapest foods one can get, right? Well, I know beggars can't be choosers, but I am so sick of eating those, everything tastes the same now. Unfortunately, my financial situation no longer allows for many fresh foods, and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could find recipes for corn, beans and rice. I have gobs of seasonings and herbs, just not the veggies. Thanks!
 

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<a href="http://www.recipezaar.com/81339" target="_blank">This recipe</a> for Palestinian lentils and rice is really good. You can use whatever kind of rice you have.<br><br><br><br>
Second, you can get a big bag of cooking onions very cheap and they're essential. Cabbage is usually less than $1 per head and makes more than a meal, potatoes are cheap too. And if you have cabbage and potatoes you can make <a href="http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1618,133182-254198,00.html" target="_blank">bubble and squeak</a> (recipe forgets to tell you to make patties out of it before frying).
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rolleyes:"> Duh. I keep forgetting that cabbage is good for more than just corned beef n cabbage (staple in a irish/scottish family!)
 

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This recipe is cheap to make and it's really good:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~aft1i9p0lyfngh8n/MideasternStew.htm" target="_blank">Mideastern Stew</a><br><br><br><br>
I use canned tomatoes in it. I wait until they go on sale and buy a lot of cans. I eat this dish over rice.
 

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I googled 'cheap vegetarian recipes' & got the above.
 

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Well how many differant types of beans do you have?<br><br>
I have about 12 or so kinds in my kitchen right now.<br><br>
Everything from Azuki to chickpeas and lentils to the more common black beans and pinto's.<br><br><br><br>
Rice yeah kinda boring I agree.<br><br><br><br>
Cabbage has hundreds of uses, frozen veggies like peas, green beans etc are very cheap, at least here they are.<br><br>
It pains me to say it but lettuce is also very cheap.<br><br><br><br>
Qwerks you make patties out of your bubble & sqeak?? I have never seen it that way and it is one of my fav dishes!<br><br>
I may have to try that.
 

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I can't offer any recipes right now, but find some cheap bulk bins - I've seen some really, really cheap things like pasta and TVP and such that made me wonder why anyone would buy these things packaged. Switch pasta for rice every once in a while.<br><br><br><br>
Another thing - if you buy things like bags of apples, it's MUCH cheaper that way. Also looked into canned fruits and vegetables. Farmer's markets also tend to be a lot cheaper than grocery stores.<br><br><br><br>
It sounds like you're looking for dinner ideas. Is that right?
 

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Yah, mostly dinner. My breakfast is usually whatever was leftover from dinner, out of laziness. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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I generally hit a few different groceries in the area and buy whatever is on sale at the time. Bananas are a very cheap fruit and I can usually find kale pretty cheap which will take care of your leafy greens.
 

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Sprouts are great fresh foods and they are extremely cheap. One pound of seed can make up to 10 pounds of sprouts!!!!! Sprouts also happen to be one of the most nutritious foods!
 

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kroger has (at least by my house) a bag of frozen mixed veggies for $1.<br><br><br><br>
veggies + rice is good<br><br>
veggies + beans is good<br><br>
Veggies + pasta (also really cheap) is good.<br><br><br><br>
mixing up the types of mixed veggies helps (italian style, mexican style, etc) and one night you can have pasta with italian veg, then rice with mexican, the n pasta with mexican, etc etc.<br><br><br><br>
carrots bananas and iceberg lettuce are also really inexpensive<br><br><br><br>
good luck. -with a little inspiration you can mix it up a bit - i ate on a very limited income for a little while. - pretty much the above combinations. which is still more variety then some people in the world get, try to keep perspective that there are starving people in the world, and that third night of rice tastes alot better.
 

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You can't go wrong with good old peanut butter. . .but I guess that's not really the answer you're loking for.<br><br><br><br>
I've discovered tofu is extremely cheap in bulk.<br><br>
A recent staple in my house has been canned lentils. We've even found chana masala and curried lentils for about a dollar.
 

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The farmer's market by my house has a little section where all the vendors stack up the produce they can't sell for bums and people like me to take for free. I ride my bike there every day as soon as the sun goes down and load up on fresh produce. Usually it's celery, onions, citrus fruits, and cabbage. One time I found an entire case of romaine lettuce in their Dumpster. It just had a few wilted bunches in it. The vegetables on the free produce stand will be like, a bunch of celery where the stalks are too skinny, or a cabbage that fell on the ground and got some dirt on it's outer leaf.<br><br><br><br>
Also Mexican grocery stores always have the cheapest prices on produce. I guess they have special deals with Mexican import companies or something, because their papayas will be like .50 cents a pound, mangoes three for a dollar, pears 5 for a dollar, etc. It's more expensive to get produce at all even if it's really cheap, but I personally cannot live without fruit.
 

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Oh yeah making your own Seiten is really cheap also, just grab a 5 pound bag of flour, I use wheat and make some up!
 

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Really? I have a box of gluten in my cabinent, but last time I tried to make it, it was inedible. I'll have to search for a different recipe.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>evilvegan</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Really? I have a box of gluten in my cabinent, but last time I tried to make it, it was inedible. I'll have to search for a different recipe.</div>
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I just make it out of whole wheat flour, much cheaper than gluten.<br><br><br><br>
Just kneed it into a ball like made for about 10 min, cover with water and let rest 20 min then start the rinseing process.<br><br>
I should add that when I cook mine I cook it on a real low heat for an hour in a rich veggie stock before cooling it and storeing it.<br><br><br><br>
I use a finely milled white wheat so it comes out a pretty medium textured product at the end.<br><br><br><br>
My littlest one thinks it is "chicken"
 

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as someone barely able to afford food myself, when i read the first post I thought "peanut butter" and "cheerios", but both of those had already been mentioned. But there are some good ideas in here, thanks you guys! The only other thing I can really think of is I'll sometimes go to the grocery store and buy the cheapest/on sale canned foods i can find, and mix them up into some sort of casserole. One of my favorites is what i call "mexicasserole" which has a layer of tortilla on the bottom and top with pintos, rotella tomatoes, corn and sometimes vegan cheese (made with nutritional yeast and flour) in the middle. Speaking of the vegan cheese, vegan mac n cheese is pretty cheap too if you have access to nutritional yeast (which no stores in my city sell it, i have to wait till i go to Raleigh and just buy tons of it).<br><br>
this is what i use for the cheese sauce:<br><br><a href="http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7057.0" target="_blank">http://vegweb.com/index.php?topic=7057.0</a><br><br><br><br>
oh yea, and spaghetti and sauce is an awesome staple too.
 

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Even though I live on a pretty limited budget myself, I think all the bast suggestions have been covered before I got here...<br><br><br><br>
BUY IN BULK! Thats usually good for your budget and for variety - like you said, lots of places throw produce out at the end of the business day. Bread stores and bakeries do this too - keep an eye out. Even if you don't use all the bread, dry it and use the breadcrumbs in dishes. Or freeze what you can't use right away.<br><br><br><br>
If produce is going to go bad before you can use it, cook it up into some sort of dish and freeze it! Potatoes are usually cheap as well, and are often overlooked, but they have lots of excellent nutrients.<br><br><br><br>
You can make "meatballs" or "meatloaf" with breadcrumbs and mashed beans. At least it's something different.<br><br><br><br>
Soups can literally be made from scraps - save all the bits you don't eat when cutting up carrots, celery and potatoes and cook with spices, broth seasoning and whatewver herbs you have - even a cup or two of vegetable bits and scraps can make a pretty good size pot of soup if you season it... add noodles or rice if you have it.
 
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