Recipes for students

  • IronyMerchant

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    Nov 06, 2013 2:37 AM GMT
    Hello there RJ forums, just a thread for ideas for cheap recipes for those living on a student budget!

    Post away!
  • LJay

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    Nov 06, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    Spaghetti with a jar of Ragu sauce. Add browned hamburger if the budget allows. Or veggies (see below) or have it with olive oil and garlic and some parmesan.

    The best whole wheat bread you can afford with peanut butter.

    Eggs.

    Oatmeal.

    All the fresh veggies and fruits you can get your hands on. Onions go in lots of stuff.

    Block cheese to go with the whole wheat bread or on the eggs.

    Notice the lack of fast food, dessert, sugar, beer, and junk food.
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    Nov 06, 2013 6:09 AM GMT
    Frozen vegetables and fruits... When you are on a budget, frozen veggies and fruit can be great. They keep their nutrition and are cheaper than fresh.
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    Nov 06, 2013 6:17 AM GMT
    I've had to make due with that budget for years!

    What do you have to cook with; like an electric stove, pots and pans, an oven, microwave? Give me a rough idea as to what you work with; cause that changes what recipes and types of food I'd advise you to buy.
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    Nov 06, 2013 8:09 AM GMT
    I try to create a Chipotle-like meal with simple ingredients:
    Chopped lettuce
    Low sodium canned black beans
    Low or no sodium canbed corns
    Diced tomatoes drench in lime juice
    Brown rice
    Chopped onions and bell peppers
    Low fat shredded cheese
    Chicken (was frozen, thawed, then boiled)

    Make a large amount and combine the ingredients when it's meal time.

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    Nov 06, 2013 9:42 AM GMT
    Maybe clarify "student budget" first? How much can you spare for groceries per week?
  • seafrontbloke

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    Nov 06, 2013 9:47 AM GMT
    Two cookery books here, may be available for download: both Delia Smith who is a very well known tv cook in the UK:

    Frugal Food and
    Food for One

    I've just got my copies out to go to the charity shop!

    I agree with the comment above about frozen foods, much less wastage.
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    Nov 06, 2013 1:56 PM GMT
    Having a slowcooker and freezer are useful since you can cook great food without that much effort then freeze it for consumption over time (and an adequate slow cooker being around $30 bucks if not less in the US from Walmart).

    Here are a few resources for recipes (there's a Thai soup and Fish Molee in there - along with a ton of tips):
    http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2012/03/29/killing-your-1000-grocery-bill/
    http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2013/04/18/the-amazing-waist-slimming-wallet-fattening-nutrient/

    And if you're working out? Cheap paleo meals (incidentally Mr Money Mustache also strives for paleo):
    http://thepaleomama.com/2013/10/30cheapmaindishpaleomeals/
    http://paleoonabudget.com/
    http://dirtyfloordiaries.com/paleo-meal-planning-cheap-easy/
    http://www.paleoplan.com/2013/03-07/paleo-on-the-cheap/
    http://greatist.com/health/paleo-recipes-list

    For cheap shopping, beyond the discount grocery stores, consider Costco (go with someone with a membership and a car - there are enough of those around - or the hack is the buy gift certificates online and you don't need a membership to shop there). Alternatively, find out where the Asians from Asia shop. I find Asian grocers to be significantly cheaper in Toronto (veggies are typically 1/3 the cost - that's not 33% less, that's 66% less). And even if there isn't an Asian grocer, they'll probably point you in the direction of bargains.
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    Nov 06, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    I like your screen name.

    Peas and rice (also known as beans and rice in some parts) sustains students everywhere, and they're healthier than those instant noodles.
  • LJay

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    Nov 06, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    shortbutsweet saidI like your screen name.

    Peas and rice (also known as beans and rice in some parts) sustains students everywhere, and they're healthier than those instant noodles.


    YES! find a Jamaican and learn how to make rice and peas with coconut milk and thyme. Incredibly cheap and good.
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    Nov 06, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    But if you're really desperate; there's always a church handing out free groceries to locals in need. Just bring an ID and your stomach.
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    Nov 06, 2013 5:18 PM GMT
    LJay said
    shortbutsweet saidI like your screen name.

    Peas and rice (also known as beans and rice in some parts) sustains students everywhere, and they're healthier than those instant noodles.


    YES! find a Jamaican and learn how to make rice and peas with coconut milk and thyme. Incredibly cheap and good.


    Or, just find a Jamaican, and skip the rest.
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    Nov 06, 2013 6:05 PM GMT
    Lentils and brown rice. Make big batches of each separately and freeze in 1 cup portions. I could live on lentils and brown rice mixed together, and so could you, it's a complete protein.
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    Nov 06, 2013 6:29 PM GMT
    Peel and clean one medium-sized student.
    Stuff with diced ham, anaheim peppers, red onions, mozzarella, breading, and maybe a beer or two.
    Vodka marinade.
    Review Strunk & White on use of apostrophe.
    Roast on a well-lubricated spit for several hours.
    Serve.

    Ohhhhh... n/m
  • IronyMerchant

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    Nov 06, 2013 6:53 PM GMT
    _JRQ saidGive me a rough idea as to what you work with; cause that changes what recipes and types of food I'd advise you to buy.


    Sorry for the late reply - I'd probably work with £30 - £40 a week, and I have an oven and 4 hobs on the cooker electric. Got pots and pans, anything that I don't have I can borrow from the room mates. - We've also got a slow cooker collectively!

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    mindgarden saidPeel and clean one medium-sized student.
    Stuff with diced ham, anaheim peppers, red onions, mozzarella, breading, and maybe a beer or two.
    Vodka marinade.
    Review Strunk & White on use of apostrophe.
    Roast on a well-lubricated spit for several hours.
    Serve.

    Ohhhhh... n/m

    Yay for student interns!


    Hahaha love this - If we get that desperate, beggars can't be choosers I guess!

    shortbutsweet said
    LJay said
    shortbutsweet saidI like your screen name.

    Peas and rice (also known as beans and rice in some parts) sustains students everywhere, and they're healthier than those instant noodles.


    YES! find a Jamaican and learn how to make rice and peas with coconut milk and thyme. Incredibly cheap and good.


    Or, just find a Jamaican, and skip the rest.


    Finding a Jamaican would be wonderful.

    Thanks a lot for the helpful replies guys, cooking/recipe's aren't a strong point and this is a brilliant starting point icon_smile.gif
  • LJay

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    Nov 06, 2013 7:00 PM GMT
    "Recipes" is the plural of the word. If you use the apostrophe it becomes possessive, as in "The recipe's strong points include solid nutrition and great flavors."

    An hour's browsing at a good public library will most likely yield a lot of good cookbooks for beginners. I have been a cook all my life and encourage you to get into it a bit. Lots of fun and a great way to save money.
  • IronyMerchant

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    Nov 06, 2013 7:03 PM GMT
    Voila, changed. Apologies for my grammatical faux pas
  • LJay

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    Nov 06, 2013 7:08 PM GMT
    IronyMerchant saidVoila, changed. Apologies for my grammatical faux pas


    Good man.

    Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, referred to above, is a classic little book and well worth having.
  • IronyMerchant

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    Nov 06, 2013 7:29 PM GMT
    LJay said
    Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, referred to above, is a classic little book and well worth having.


    I'll invest in that after I've gathered all of my cooking utensils and what not! icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 06, 2013 7:56 PM GMT
    IronyMerchant said
    _JRQ saidGive me a rough idea as to what you work with; cause that changes what recipes and types of food I'd advise you to buy.


    Sorry for the late reply - I'd probably work with £30 - £40 a week, and I have an oven and 4 hobs on the cooker electric. Got pots and pans, anything that I don't have I can borrow from the room mates. - We've also got a slow cooker collectively!
    You're a college student on a budget. No need to apologize.
    A good inexpensive sweet and tangy snack I was shown is:

    1.) 2 packages of Hillshire or any other brand mini sausage links. You can cut up bigger ones into pieces if its cheaper. Add an entire small jar of grape jelly, but its to taste; so whatever you like, and a small bottle of barbecue sauce. I like to add a cup of water, but broth is better. Also you can add diced bell peppers and onions if you want. Throw all the ingredients in a slow cooker on low heat til the sauce starts to thicken overnight; or on high heat for 3 hours. Don't add too much liquid. Stir before going to bed. I love adding hot sauce to this, but that might not work for everybody.

    2.) One small package of 4 medium size chicken thighs, or whatever bone in poultry you prefer. A bag of frozen; or cut up carrots, celery, potatoes, and onions. Add a cup of water or broth, dash of salt and pepper. Throw it all in a crock pot on low overnight. Feel free to jack up the recipe by adding whatever other veggies you like. Substitute beef or pork if you like. Don't forget to stir it a few times. Instant chicken soup.

    3.) Buy frozen chicken in bulk. Here in The US we can buy bags of chicken wings, breasts, thighs; or whatever. Buy that so you're getting more for each gram/ounce. Do you know how to make rice, beans, or oatmeal from scratch? Learn; cause you can buy those in bulk, save you money, add what flavor and ingredients you want to your dish, and cut or add all the calories your body need. If you want to save money, don't eat out very often, and avoid the addictive fast food out there. I'm not a fan, but once in a while I do eat a value meal. Polenta in bulk is good too. You can have it sweet, with jelly melted in, add raisins or other dried fruit, or nuts. You can also mix in cheese and butter. Also the cheese and butter polenta goes good with shrimp or chicken pieces.

    4.) Like wine or other alcoholic beverages? Freeze those with fruit in an ice tray. Use those in the same kind of wine or whatever you froze; or throw a cup of wine, frozen wine cubes with frozen fruit in a blender, and pour... drink something nice and refreshing to cool you off. Add tiny sprig of mint or rose water if you're feeling adventurous. Good stuff. Can't wait to get job. I'm craving one of these now. icon_confused.gif

    Hope I didn't confuse you; and you can make this stuff for yourself. Not bad.

    Theres also websites devoted to the many many recipes you can make with Ramen soup (Link). I love jack'd ramen soup! icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 06, 2013 8:24 PM GMT
    Top Ramen. 25 cents each.
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    Nov 07, 2013 2:31 AM GMT
    Starving Student's Cookbook.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/0446679615/?tag=mh0b-20&hvadid=3486575196&ref=pd_sl_78yqpkkvvw_e
  • LJay

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    Nov 07, 2013 2:36 AM GMT
    [quote][cite]IronyMerchant said[/cite]
    LJay said
    Strunk & White's The Elements of Style, referred to above, is a classic little book and well worth having.


    I'll invest in that after I've gathered all of my cooking utensils and what not! icon_smile

  • Nov 07, 2013 4:53 AM GMT
    McDonald's?
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    Nov 07, 2013 4:57 AM GMT
    Eggs,tilapia,rice,oatmeal,milk ,frozen veggies(I buy big bags )