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« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2010 09:11:21 PM »

The dollar store near my university was great at stocking strange but good food.

My go to meal?

Canned ham + pasta (no sauce), and a handful of peas.  It went a long way and you could also cook or glaze the ham with anything you had on hand.

Also...tuna fish with a lot of hot sauce (stolen from my roommate's taco bell stash).

Bread pudding was a go to thing too.

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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2010 06:02:19 AM »

When we are pretty much out of food, and no moolah. We eat ramen noodles and a salad. I always have both on hand. I pour all of the water out of the pot and add butter to the noodles and half of the seasoning packet. yumm
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« Reply #12 on: June 11, 2010 01:53:35 PM »

Soup. Canned tomatos, a chopped onion-or dried onion bits if I must. Any old veggies in the fridge-hey, too old for salad still works for soup. I saute the veggies a bit first. What? There's a can of corn and a can of mushrooms on the shelf? Score!Whatever spices sound good.
Hot sauce packets, or even barbeque sauce, or bouillon, or a couple of seasoning packages from ramen. Not all of the above! But seasoning of some kind.Taste as you go. Ballest-noodles, rice, beans and or potatos.Even wrinkled, sprouted potatos can be peeled down enough for use, you know.
It's called-"It's healthy, dammit" soup, and can be suprisingly tasty. I'll even make it when not broke, then I upgrade it a bit.

Warm cooked white rice with butter and brown sugar for breakfast, mmm. Rice is cheap, this is yummy.

And yay ramen, with any veggie I can find tossed in.

Dunno how weird these are, but good broke food.


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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2010 11:55:23 AM »

My mom used to make us hamburger on toast. It doesn't take much hamburger, maybe 1/2 a lb. Butter some bread, put it on a sheet pan, sprinkle a few bits of raw hamburger on the bread, liberally salt and pepper and bake in the oven until the hamburger is cooked. Its actually really yummy.

I made it one time for myself and my husband and he FREAKED OUT! He thinks its completely weird.

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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2010 12:41:43 PM »

I used to make a box of Rice-A-Roni (really cheap!), mix in a little bit of browned hamburger and some veggies (corn or peas usually).  It's really filling and you can serve several people!

In college we used to have toast parties! Cheesy  Surprisingly, a good topping is Italian dressing.  Or add some butter and garlic and dip it in spaghetti sauce.

« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2010 08:09:04 AM »

Ramen sandwiches.

There's a very fine balance to cooking the ramen... you need to cook it enough to get the noodles softened, but still chewy; and to keep them in the cake shape they come out of the package in. Scoop it out quick with a slotted spatula so the water drains, sprinkle seasoning on it. Meanwhile put whatever sauce on your bread - mayo, mustard, salad dressing (from packets gathered at the grocery store....) - then slap the ramen, and maybe some cheese, on the bread. Enjoy your carbwich.  Tongue


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« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2010 09:35:41 AM »

Propaganda - I used to eat pasta sandwiches.  Pasta, cooked, drained & cooled, add grated carrot & mayo and put in a sarnie.

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« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2010 03:39:13 PM »

The other week I was CRAVING soft pretzels but didn't want to buy anything so at the end of the week when we were dirt poor I decided I might as well look it up and "holy crap! I have this all in my house!" It didn't turn out well but damn! did they taste delicious!

I've also made "ramen cake" where you make the ramen as directed drain the water add an egg and throw it in a pan until it's cooked through. Extremely salty.
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2010 04:27:56 AM »

we just tend to stir fry things
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2010 12:39:46 PM »

when we were poor with nothing in the house, we would make "pa-pa" sandwiches.
White bread with butter, then folded in it brown sugar. mmmmm yummy.

also Syrup on white bread, but we were kids. :S

Nowadays I like to make my own 'chicken alfredo'. get the cheap liptons alfredo sauce packets, and chicken nuggets. cook the nuggets and sauce seperately, then mix them together. Delicious! Especially leftovers.

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