So I've got to do this project for a class, figured I'd see what poverty dinner is like. My work basically provides lunch for free, what would you guys suggest I do for breakfast/dinner at $25USD a week? Anything but plain ramen, and I'm a half decent cook. I've been adding stuff like cabbage and hot sauce to ramen for a while now, but that's getting old.
TL;DR: What can I eat for $25 a week that's not just ramen?
For breakfast, Oatmeal is a pretty cheap go-to option. You can typically get a month's supply of the cheap stuff for less than $5
As for more substantial meals, you really want to avoid heavily processed foods like condensed soups/ramen. Rice with steamed vegetables is cheap and it's easy enough to save the leftovers and mix them in with your next meal.
The hardest part is going to be getting good amounts of protein. Once again, leftovers will be your friend so making a single pound of meat last at least two meals is ideal.
Basic recipes will last you a while. For example, for breakfast, alternate between oatmeal, eggs, and breakfast biscuits (biscuit, egg, ham, whatever else). Then for dinner, just do whatever. I am pretty sure that just eating whatever I want now costs me about $25 a week, so it isn't hard. Just try to cook everything on your own, grab deals when you can, and don't throw any food out. Also don't over eat.
Here is what I made yesterday. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/simple-taco-soup Price breakdown. 2lbs beef ~$6 (probably a good bit less, but rough estimates here) Taco and ranch seasoning $2 Chilli beans $2 Corn $1 Pinto beans $2 Tomatoes $1 Tomatoes with green chillies $1 Chopped green chillies $1
Then I added Velveeta because I like cheese (sue me) so add ~$5 That adds up to ~$23. That is easily 8 large meals for me (the cheese really adds weight to it, so 8 large meals no problem). Then on top of that, I eat oatmeal (as mentioned before) which is really cheap. Toss some local honey in that bitch and it is delicious.
Eating for $25 a week is pretty easy if you cook all the stuff yourself.
Fry minced meat, add water + bolgonese spice mix "Dolmio jar is better", let it boil tiny bit. Eat with spaghetti or macaroni. You can finish bolognese with cream, but don't boil that or it gets ecky. Personally I don't like how those cooking creams taste so I'm just buying the regular one.
Also works alrite with taco spice mix instead that bolognese, but then you have to put really little water. Mix it up with macaroni, and hoard it with ketchup.
No idea about the costs although all of the ingredients are from the cheapest end, and I'm eating these regularly because I really like them. :D
For breakfeast make oatmeal with a litttle honey and switch it up with a little eggs with toast. Then for dinner make a big pot of pasta sause and freeze most of it and that will last a couple months if you eat it twice a week (yes I know it is a large up front cost, but it is cheap in the long run) and add a little chicken/sausage for protein. For the other nights rice with steamed vegetables and maybe a burger once a week.
This is a big Technicality, I say that because in order for it to work, you have to assume that "week" means "work week" and you have to negate shipping. with these military MREs (meals ready to eat) you could eat for about 5.58 per day, a full meal. Bringing your week total to $27.90 and you would have supplies for two work weeks plus two days. Not really feasible, but a bit of fun math.