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« on: June 06, 2010 02:16:12 PM »

Everyone's gone through a period of being super low on cash and as a result had to make due with whatever random ingredients are hanging out in the kitchen. I know my boyfriend and I have thrown together our share of weird nasties.

The one that sticks out the most to me is Spaghetti Sauce Soup.  Buy some cheap store brand sauce, water it down and toss in whatever spices you have on hand. The sad thing is that after a little while it starts to taste really good  Tongue It's dinner for two for $1!

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to see what other poor people meals people have come up with.

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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2010 02:05:19 PM »

That's hilarious and admirable (golf clap). The boy and I haven't really gotten that creative, just sandwiches and cereal. Maybe offtopic but... Aldi's rocks.
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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2010 07:32:11 PM »

when i was a kid, my mom used to get *really* creative. one thing i remember (and am not ashamed to say i still make when i myself am broke) is Spam Cocktail. crack open a can of spam, slice it up, lay it on a cookie sheet. pop open a can of fruit cocktail, pour it over the top. cook. done.

yep, thought it was totally normal for YEARS.

« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2010 09:29:16 AM »

lol I've never heard of Cocktail Spam before, that's hilarious

« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2010 01:32:14 PM »

You just cant beat mac and cheese dinner, add can of tuna or cream of Mushroom soup, or just a can of mushroom pieces.  Or Mac and cheese with a browned hotdog cut up in it.  Always keep a can of beans in your cupboard.  Keep a bag of beans to cook if you have a crockpot or big pot. oh wait...that was last week's menu

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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2010 05:48:48 PM »

I'm definitely trying tomato sauce soup!

I used to live off of top ramen with an egg cracked in it Smiley.

« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2010 07:40:21 PM »

My husband and I make random leftovers casseroles which we refer to as "welfare surprise."

Generally, a can of cream of whatever-we-have-on hand-soup, some sort of noodles, and any leftover meat and veggies mixed into a casserole dish and baked until its nice and bubbly. It's also good with cheese and/or mashed potatoes on top.
« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2010 01:26:13 PM »

spam cocktail...interesting...

i've done the ramen and an egg thing too, i think a stand out weird meal is sardines, sticky rice, butter and soy sauce...in a bowl all mixed up...yum   Cheesy
« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2010 01:57:04 PM »

I spent a large proportion of my time @ uni living off toast with tomato ketchup on it. Cheap noodles with sweetcorn added too was a particular fave of mine too.


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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2010 03:50:46 PM »

I would always make a big pot of rice & beans. I prefer to cook beans myself, not canned. Cheaper that way & I can add just a tiny bit of salt & some garlic.  Then add different things each night. One night add a can of stewed tomatos, another night a bit of shreded chicken & corn, etc.
Do soup the same way make chicken soup with carrots, onion, chicken & garlic  then add differnt things a few frozen peas  or simmer a potato in it that way you can eat the same thing all week but keep it interesting.
one of may fav cheap meals  is 1/2 a pack ramen cooked and added to pan scrample an egg add a bit of dried parsely & a dash of hot sauce.
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