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Old 04-14-2011, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Dining po'

What is/was your favorite hard times cuisine?


I like Cup-O-Noodles and Tina's frozen burritos, mac and cheese is good too but milk is fucking expensive so I would just use more butter and a little bit of milk (or creamer if that's what i had) and mmm mmm, gooood. Hamburger Helper, sometimes just Helper. Tuna fish everything...


I think about it, I probably have a much easier time trying new stuff and enjoying it since I grew up eating what was there. I know it was what made dinner time at the Nguyens house something to look forward to because they always had something new and neat to eat.
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Spaghetti is cheap and scrumptious
Look around some mac n cheese has packets of cheese in them (no milk or butter req)
Salads are good too
Take that tri-color rotini? Pasta.. put it in a large tupperware bowl with sliced mushrooms, sliced black olives, and a diced tomato..pour in half a bottle of italian salad dressing and shake it up to mix..I like it best cool not warm so I put it in fridge for an hour.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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the most expensive thing in my diet is probably the mass amounts of cheese.

i eat a whole bunch of grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas with canned chicken (parents gave me a bunch of extra cans) and taco bell sauce, and bread with pizza sauce and cheese in the toaster oven.
spaghetti with red sauce if i'm feeling fancy. tomato soup is delicious, as are most soups

i buy alot of oranges whenever they're on sale

breath mints because i can steal them from vending machines
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Old 04-14-2011, 09:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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When I was in college, and having $8 in my wallet was a flush day, I used to eat these crap frozen pizzas, 9 squares to a box for around a buck. I still think there are years those za's took off my life that I will never get back, but they were pretty good. Those and 2am drunk time microwave cheeseburgers.



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is tim hortons only in the north and canada? that place is the shit- u can get sammiches for 3 bucks and change and bagels for one fitty.

and the sandwhich is like almost as big as a subway footlong but half the price and imo better quality .
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yea i guess its only availible to us yankees

and canucks of course


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The mas sandwich:
Lunch meat ..lots
Cheese slice..
Dukes mayo..gotta be dukes!
And put that in a bagel and microwave for 30seconds..Your welcome
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Box of rice a roni
1 chicken breast/can of chicken

chop chicken
oil/butter pan
brown chicken
add rice a roni
follow directions on box...

add any vegies/spices you want...
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Spanish Omelet

Eggs, sliced potatoes, onions, salt pepper

Slice, dice, break them eggs, mix all together, in the oven at 200c until golden. Eat with bread, pref rye, but whatever will do.

I dunno what this is called in english, but in denmarkian it's 'biksemad'.

Potatoes, onion, meats (left overs are the shit), and a few eggs.

Slice dice, stick em all in a pan, make it hot. Fry a few eggs to go with it.
2 choices: Either slather it with heinz tomato ketchup and HP sauce, or eat it with some beetroot and mustard.

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I put my food above all else, car, clothes, housing, well my animals come first but that's different. If i have to cheap it, there is a west indies place, I can get a whole fish and rice and beans for $5.00! I also have a Indian store where i can get a pint of rice and korma vegs for $3.00
And I didnt mean to sound snotty with the first part, everyone has different priorities
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it aint snooty, people who take on the responsibility of owning a pet and than neglect it deserve the same fate as the pet

last night at the shelter i work at someone tied a pit bull to the front door and left it there. it was all fucked up in the morning, and when they tried to get it off it bit the lady and ran off
that dog could have been an awesome pet (i go by the snowmayne philosophy on pits), but now if the dog catcher finds it it'll probably get gassed



on a non-tangent eggs are a great cheap way to fill yourself up, and so versatile
and i make some BOMB potato chips in my little deep fryer, potatos are mad cheap
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Old 04-15-2011, 08:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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rice and potatoes are cheap and you can add whatever kind of meat you like to it

beans are cheap and fill you up

sausage is also good, 7 bucks for a dozen, 4 is good for a dinner

perogies are cheap and taste good (4 bucks a pack - 1 pack is good for 2 or 3 dinners)
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Old 04-15-2011, 09:01 PM   #13 (permalink)
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also if you live by a college befriend someone with a meal plan. i know people who will swipe you into an all you can eat buffet for a smoke or two, or a rip from the bong
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white trash fajitas!!!
wrap a frozen hot dog in paper towel microwave for a minute
put on a piece of toast with ketchup and your done
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Fried rice is pretty fucking cheap to make

At its most basic:

Rice
Egg
Soy sauce
any available vegetables.
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I can probable eat 5 pounds of roasted potatoes!
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im not facing hard times but i do like to save money and i like good/healthy but easy food.

i stumbled upon "bobs soup mixes" in the health food section, on sale its about 3 dollars for a bag of this lentil/bean/pasta soup mix. it has good protein and nutrition for a vegetarian, super easy to make (just put it in a pot with some water and boil for an hour and add some salt) and you can get at least 6 or 7 dinners out of one bag. when i am out of groceries or just too lazy to make anything it is a really good diet staple.

also i eat a lot of sweet potatoes. they are one of the most nutritionally rich vegetable and also very cheap and easy to make. basically just wrap it in some tin foil and stick it in the oven (the longer the better!) and its good to eat by itself!
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dont forget the marshmallows and brown sugar on them sweet potatos

mom, if you ever read this, even if you had never done anything else for me (and you have), i will always love you for your thanksgiving sweet potatoes.
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Damn this thread's making me ravenous haha. The only idea I can think of off the top of my head that hasn't kinda been said is pita bread, which I like to eat with pretty much anything that isn't sweet. The cheaper thing that I make with them is just egg and cheese breakfast thingy's. You just halve the pita and stuff each half with scrambled eggs (sometimes i like to throw an over easy egg into one and then break the yoke into one..mmm lol) and cheese, I also like to add hot sauce/mushrooms/bacon/what have you.

tl; dr - Eggs and pita bread are cheap, delicious, and versatile.

Anybody else as confused as me as to why pita hasn't supplanted regular bread?
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i don't really like to think about the horrible food in norway. i ate potatoes and onions and garlic every day because they were all so cheap. cans of beans and eggs, because i was a vegetarian. discounted/free anything, no matter who is offering what. i made lots of soups and chilis. even the habeneros in norway were not spicy. overall a terrible place to live if you like food and don't have 200$ a week to spend on groceries.

oh yeah and rice. i remember one time i came home from traveling and had nothing but rice. i walked around outside and grabbed some apples from a tree, and made fried rice and apples. it was pretty awesome. i stole cinnamon from one of my flatmates.

also a pro tip: if you eat a bunch of dry cereal/granola you won't be hungry for a while no matter how starved of nutrition you actually are.
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