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« Reply #50 on: November 18, 2010 10:25:16 PM »

I always seem to be in the hole when it comes to money.

What I love (and still make when I'm not broke) is any version of cheap Asian noodles. What you do is take a pack of Ramen noodles, throw away the packet, and cook it up. Then throw it in a pan with some leftover packets from previous takeout (soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, hot mustard, you get the idea). I like to add some crushed red peppers to give it a bite. You just heat it up in the pan for a minute and devour.

You can also cook some broccoli in the sauce before adding the noodles, or use a tiny can of 99cent mushrooms. Just improvise and throw in whatever you want. You get the idea.

This can also be made with any type of pasta. I've made it with radiatore, bowties, spaghetti, etc.

Also, if you have an Ocean State Job Lot near you they should sell organic Udon noodles for $1. It all depends on how broke you are.
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« Reply #51 on: November 18, 2010 11:39:44 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.

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« Reply #52 on: November 26, 2010 05:09:18 PM »

I love breads.  When I am totally broke, I can just eat toasted bread with whatever available spreads. Or I crack an egg and add it to instant noodles.

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« Reply #53 on: December 11, 2010 10:21:27 AM »

Ya know, Spam cocktail dose not sound so weird... Spam is a pork product, and I know you girls have made or seen hams baked with jam or preserves. Pork chops served with applesauce, prosciutto with melon... Spam is popular in Hawaii, maybe span cocktail would work there? Cheesy  I still am going to pass though!

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« Reply #54 on: July 13, 2011 07:20:03 AM »

I didn't really make weird food when I was broke (I'm Asian, so nearly all I eat is rice anyway which isn't very expensive), more like when it's 3AM and nowhere is open so I just nuke ALL my bits of leftovers and mix them together.  Great when leftovers is pizza and wingdings, not so great when you have what's in my fridge now: rabbit, ratatouille, roast, mashed potato, gravy, and eggs.
« Reply #55 on: July 13, 2011 01:56:00 PM »

I never thought it was weird but people have told me it was. I still like a cheap frozen potpie over a baked potato or mashed potato.

I also LOVE to heat up a little leftover rice with a tiny bit of butter in a frying pan, then add a couple eggs & scramble. ADD WHATEVER SPICES OR HERBS SOUND GOOD THAT DAY.

a can of refried beans heated with a bit of hot sauce & some frozen corn.

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« Reply #56 on: July 14, 2011 04:39:38 AM »

When I was younger and just moved into my own appartement I couldn't even cook (for a few months I didn't even have an oven or a refridgerator nor plates, forks and knives...) and wasn't able to handle money. So you can guess I was broke so many times.
Things I ate then were noodles with salt and curry powder. Sometimes I still eat it nowadays, but add mozarella.
Another thing was bread with butter and fries spice. Wasn't very tasty...
And one time I had absolutely no money and all I had to eat was a jar of honey. i didn't even had bread. I just ate the honey.
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« Reply #57 on: July 14, 2011 08:52:50 AM »

not really when i was broke but when my dad got sick. he was put on a super strict and limited diet (basically freshwater fish, white chicken meat, leafy veggies, almost no spices, and anything that is tasteless). we had to purge the pantry of anything he might sneak into eating. since i like brown bagging my lunch, i was subtly forced to take care of the purging. so i had to be creative with all the canned stuff in the pantry.

my favorites:

-corn corned beef: canned corned beef cooked with a can of tomato sauce and corn kernels. mix in some cooked rice.
-cheesy corn: corn kernels, some shredded cheese, a little butter, and a little dash of chili for a kick. put in the microwave just enough to melt the cheese and enjoy
-cheesy tuna tots: mix canned tuna flakes (minus the liquid) with some shredded cheese. prep some of those mashed potato box mixes. get some of the tuna and cheese and cover it wish some mashed potato. fry.

this one my aunt made when i was a kid. we call it ketchup rice. it basically leftover rice sauteed with some cubed ham or sausage or whatever cured meat there is. add some frozen peas, carrot, corn mix, shredded omelet (scrambled egg cooked like a very thin crepe then shredded). then add some of those ketchup packets from fast foods.

i didn't really like it much but my other cousins did.
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« Reply #58 on: July 31, 2011 06:00:15 PM »

My mom raised me and my brother mostly alone since my dad worked from 2am to 5pm and went to bed at 7pm. She made lots of potatoes/noodles/rice based dishes with choice of meat and cream of whatever soup. Our favorite for YEARS was chicken breasts, rice, and cream of mushroom soup mixed with cream of chicken soup. Still crave it, despite Campbells including MSG everywhere. Pancakes for dinner were common, too. Me and my brother were alone for breakfast in mornings. Cereal, oatmeal, cream of wheat, lots of bread (dad's a bread man so we always had extra bread loaves all over - 5 at least) and eggs.

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Smoothies - any flavor soymilk and/or yogurt, any fruit available or just jelly

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« Reply #59 on: August 01, 2011 11:17:11 AM »

i did the rice and margarine too when i was a kid. then eventually it evolved to rice with cheese whiz spread and a little butter. then nuke it in the microwave until the cheese bubbles.
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