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Old 10-17-2008, 04:50 PM   #21
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Rice, pasta and beans and staples of my diet. Recession or no recession.

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Old 10-17-2008, 05:44 PM   #22
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While I was in college two guys in the Ag school decided dog kibble was a great base for cheap eats. They actually published a recipe book. Also had great recipes like:

Break Lasagna noodles into pieces.
Boil until until tender with a little oil.
Add frozen peas & boil another 4 minutes.

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Old 10-17-2008, 05:47 PM   #23
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Well, my friend, a wise guy once reminded me that "there ain't nobody here but us chickens." We all gotta stick together...and coming up with some cheap-ass food in these uncertain times is a good thing...

I think we all have a few dirt cheap recipes....this thread over in food, might be a good central place to post them

Speaking of chickens....out of a whole chicken you can get quite a few meals if you debone it, make stock, render the skins. You then have the meat for a few meals, stock for soup or sauce, fat for cooking, and crispy fried skins which you can sprinkle with salt and eat. The bones can go into the compost.
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:57 PM   #24
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We eat well, but very frugally so there isn't a lot of cutting back to do. We hunt and fish, and HWMO grows an awesome garden. Last night, we had a little venison with homegrown shallots, splashed with some homemade wine and served with garden potatoes and garden brussel sprouts.

I eat very little meat, but I like chicken so we buy chicken from a friend who has a farm.

I remember the college days, when a jar of peanut butter and a loaf of bread fed me for nearly two weeks. Now, I really dislike peanut butter.

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Old 10-17-2008, 06:05 PM   #25
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I'm Thinking Home Brewers Challenge:

Feed your Family, for $??.00 Per Day Per Person. Now I'm thinking we'd need rules. Gotta be healthy enough for children. Can't be all home grown food.
Cost should be per person per day or per meal...as my fam only eats one meal a day at home.
You'll have to post recipies and prices at YOUR store.
Anyone interrested?

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Old 10-17-2008, 06:37 PM   #26
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Has to be at least semi-healthy though. Donuts and stuff are cheap, but that's not really "food". And no vegan diets. You can't get B12 from plants.

Almost forgot....my meal has its own song

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Old 10-19-2008, 02:03 AM   #27
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SWMBO and I have been trying to scale back a bit, with.. well.. you know.

We had a nasty habit of taking fast food 3 or 4 weeknights... and on the weekends too....

Now, we're doing a lot of Hamburger Helper ($2-beef, $1-kit, feeds 3 plus one lunch in the fridge for take-along) and Tuna Helper ($.89-tuna, $1.50-kit, again, feeds 3 comfortably).... For lunches, I've been taking Hot Pockets, as they were on sale again... $2 for 2 hot pockets (e.g. a day's lunch) is better than a $4.75 sub sandwich from the high-priced campus quick shop.

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I'd try to cut down on those meals and replace with something like tuna or chicken + beans, rice, veggies, bread, etc. You're probably getting close to or surpassing your daily value of sodium before dinner. I just read an article the other day about how the FDA is supposed to remove sodium from its "safe" list, and amend the RDA since it's too high right now. It also mentioned something like 300,000 lives per year could be saved by cutting sodium. Personally, I don't really like how it tastes, so I try to avoid it anyway.

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I remember watching VH1 Behind The Music : Metallica. Scott Ian of Anthrax talked about the band being so poor that they ate "balogna on hand sandwiches". Just a slice of bologna in the palm of your hand.....no bread.

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Old 10-19-2008, 12:42 PM   #30
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Our cheap meal is pasta with red sauce or pasta with an olive oil garlic sauce. We can get feed two for dinner and have a lunch left over for around $1.25.

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