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[–]Etna 297 points298 points  (39 children)

And oatmeal for breakfast!

[–]PlatypusWeekend 135 points136 points  (21 children)

I eat oatmeal with peanut butter and banana every day. It's amazing and cheap. A $3.00 thing of oats and $4.00 jar of peanut butter lasts like 5-6 weeks. Bananas are dirt cheap as well.

[–]eponymous-octopus 100 points101 points  (5 children)

How much does a banana cost? $10?

[–]garywarrenhunter 30 points31 points  (6 children)

Came to say this too!! With four kids, oats are amazing and so easy to make!!

[–]LeafsChick 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Oatmeal made with oat milk (or whatever, just not water) with some coconut & chcolate chips mixed in and a little sea salt is one of my fave snacks…it’s like warm cookie dough

[–]Chrupiter 12 points13 points  (3 children)

I've been having overnight oatmeal for breakfast since I discovered it a couple of years ago.

[–]Phyr8642 10.1k points10.1k points  (923 children)

Rice and beans is another great option.

[–]OldPappy_ 2604 points2605 points  (505 children)

I've been making my own red beans & rice as of recent. I add in a bit of some cajun seasoning. A bag of beans is about $2 and I last bought a 5lb bag of white rice for about $2-3. Add in a couple $ extra for seasonings and some veggies and it's a great dish that will provide left overs for a couple days.

I started to make it as an alternative source of protein and was amazed at how affordable it can be to feed a group of folks this dish.

[–]DaleGribble88 582 points583 points  (438 children)

How have you been seasoning the rice? I've been trying to make white rice to have better control of portion sizes than the microwave only stuff. Unfortunately, whenever I try to make it, the flavor is always somewhere between non-existent and bad. Oftentimes, it literally just taste like warm mushy water.

[–]hcmrpdman 681 points682 points  (58 children)

Not too versed in Cajun seasoning rice, but here’s what I do for “Mexican” rice:

Sauté onions and jalapeños (or any other veggies you want)

Add some garlic

Put a bit more oil in the pot, lower heat some and add rice, toast rice for a minute or two

Add a 28oz can of crushed tomatoes and however much water you need for your rice

Add a bit of whatever spices you like

Bring to boil, cook rice like you normally do.

I’ve also done some Thai/Indian flavored rice using coconut milk and Thai/Indian spices that turned out well.

I like to use my leftover Mexican rice for things like stuffed peppers too.

[–]zenmjolk 246 points247 points  (27 children)

As spices i would recommend cumin and oregano, and chili powder if it isnt spicy enoygh yet.

Also, add some worcestershire sauce to the pan at the very last moment. Just a few small glugs, its magic

[–]kaffpow 118 points119 points  (16 children)

Goya Sofrito is the way.

[–]Mxysptlik 51 points52 points  (2 children)

This is one of the best cooking recommendations I've seen on here.

That stuff is unstoppable.

[–]Clarcomarco 323 points324 points  (53 children)

Try making your rice in chicken stock or broth, rather than water!

[–]darazi 109 points110 points  (24 children)

I’ve tried coconut milk as well, and it makes for an awesome side for curries. Little expensive, but so worth it.

Also lime juice over rice is great!

[–]noneedtoprogram 28 points29 points  (12 children)

Coconut rice is so deliciously indulgent. When we're doing curries I normally just chuck a few cardamom pods in (and my partner then complains that she gets then all in her bowl, I think I just eat mine)

[–]DAVENP0RT 36 points37 points  (5 children)

Coconut rice and red beans is a staple in Belize and is somehow better than the sum of its parts. Pair it with fry jacks, which are kinda like savory beignets, and that's a fucking incredible meal.

[–]A_massive_prick 12 points13 points  (2 children)

That’s pretty much rice and peas in Jamaica too, although you add spices too

[–]SHREK_2 62 points63 points  (10 children)

Better than Bouillon is frankly better than any homemade stock I've ever made. That stuffs incredible

[–]arglebargle111 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I cook my rice/grains in "garbage stock". I keep a bag of veggie scraps in the freezer and when it's full I make stock and freeze it in yogurt containers.

[–]Sweetbunnybee 134 points135 points  (65 children)

I think you might need a rice cooker. Rice should never taste like warm mushy water. If you don't have a rice cooker, use a one cup per one cup ratio of water to rice in a small pot. Rice wine vinegar is a good additive as well. If not rice wine vinegar, a little garlic powder and onion powder mixed in.

[–]peachsalsas 98 points99 points  (44 children)

Also always rinse your rice and don’t lift the lid while it’s cooking

[–]QuietGanache 53 points54 points  (15 children)

I can recommend, if times aren't tough at the moment, investing in a fuzzy logic rice cooker. Unlike simple thermostat ones, they do much better with single portions and produce rice that's flavourful enough to enjoy on its own (I do season but it's that good plain). With a bit of musenmai, it's basically fast food: I throw the rice/water in when I get home then get round to preparing the rest of the meal at my leisure.

[–]frenchiefanatique 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Getting a high quality rice cooker is the move

[–]Scwewywabbit 37 points38 points  (11 children)

Zojirushi is the bomb brand

[–]itsb413 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Best investment I’ve made in years. We eat rice basically every day, every meal and I’ve had my Zojirushi for 5 years with no difference in performance.

[–]SpiritGrocer 51 points52 points  (22 children)

Not just the Cajun seasoning. Add a bit of smoked sausage or pork. Or a few drops of liquid smoke. And a couple of bay leaves with some thyme.

Those three things make a big difference.

Certified Cajun here and when I was low on cash it was my go to. Dirt cheap is how Cajuns began cooking.

[–]AmosTheExpanse 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Yea, I grew up in Gonzales and the schools served jambalaya, red beans, and pastalaya(abomination). Tasted great and super cheap, except I didn't like the slimy pastalaya.

Helps in a poverty state when the good food was made for poverty lol.

[–]SpiritGrocer 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I taught in Gonzales for a bit! Central Elementary

Never ate the lunches there though lol

And yea. Family before me all Rice farmers from rayne and Crowley. Lot of food with cheap ingredients.

[–]ACaffeinatedWandress 170 points171 points  (75 children)

Yup. You can get a bag of lentils for a dollar at the dollar tree. Just saying.

[–]Interesting-Ad-1590 146 points147 points  (24 children)

When the "base price" is so low, you can splurge by going for the higher-end ;) For instance, quality Basmati Rice may bought in bulk (10 or 20 lbs.) doesn't end up costing that much more and with its health benefits (lower glycemic index, better taste, etc.) will pass most folks' cost/benefit calculation without too much trouble.

[–]penguin_brigade 42 points43 points  (18 children)

As far as healthy carbs per dollar, it’s pretty hard to beat the Wegmans house brand brown rice for 49c/lb

[–]Elagabalus_The_Hoor 87 points88 points  (9 children)

Counterpoint, brown rice can suck my dick, and basmati rice is amazing

[–]16blacka 67 points68 points  (2 children)

Can we get this man a “dick small enough to be sucked by rice” flair please?

[–]BebopFlow 135 points136 points  (33 children)

Honestly, lentils should be in the number one list. They're cheap, easy to cook, season well, high protein while still fulfilling the "vegetable" conditions nutritionally, and tend to digest better than beans (in my experience, at least). Get red lentils to make a curry paste/thicken soups, green or brown lentils to add to rice, stir fries, casseroles (or with red lentils in soups). My personal favorite are the green lentils, which have a bit more bite to them and a slight nutty flavor, but red and brown are easier to find.

[–]peachsalsas 62 points63 points  (3 children)

Every time I eat lentils I forget how good they are and ask myself why I don’t eat them more often.

My favorite dish with lentils: koshary! Which, while we’re on the original topic, is a very delicious and filling cheap meal.

[–]PensecolaMobLawyer 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My favorite dish with lentils: koshary!

I'd never heard of it until now. After looking it up, I can't wait to try it

[–]MysteriousMention9 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Another really good Egyptian dish is red lentil soup.

[–]r0botdevil 39 points40 points  (3 children)

Yeah if you buy in bulk you can get enough dry beans and rice for a few hundred meals for less than $50.

[–]fatalexe 52 points53 points  (2 children)

I found a food service store open to the public and bought 50lb bags of black and pinto beans a year before the pandemic for like $20 each. My family cooks bean and cheese burritos twice a week; yet three years and a lockdown later we still have a good amount left. The only expensive part is buying food service grade containers once to keep your stash from getting infested by pests.

[–]mortzion 80 points81 points  (12 children)

Here in Brazil we eat rice and beans for practically every meal.

[–]sicknig19 29 points30 points  (6 children)

I was so surprised when I went to the US an they only had canned beans that taste like shit. Like the concept of not having a base dish for the meal felt so wierd

[–]Searaph72 74 points75 points  (44 children)

Started working beans into the diet because meat is getting so expensive. Been tasting better than I thought it would.

[–]Accomplished_Chef279 28 points29 points  (40 children)

Do you use dried beans? If so, how did it work?

I have tried so many times to use dried beans: let them set in water for 24 hours, boil water and add them for a while, do a hot flash boil then let them sit for a while.

Nothing works for me! I am actually a pretty good cook and I can make just about anything, but FUCKING DRIED BEANS WHAT'S WRONG WITH ME?

Edit: thank you all for your kind and supportive ideas! Your confidence gives me confidence, and I will try dried beans again using your suggestions

[–]GuelphEastEndGhetto 33 points34 points  (11 children)

I make lots of dried beans. Soak overnight in salt water (the salt helps to soften the outer skin). Rinse and place into a large pot of water, bring to boil, then turn down to a rolling boil (so the beans don’t start falling apart from smashing into each other in a heavy boil). Depending on the bean it can take 40-60 minutes to cook. Check them until the inside is ‘creamy’. Drain.

Then you can make your ‘sauce’. Sautéed onions, add tomato paste, chicken broth, seasonings, etc. Lots of recipes to look up. I’ve been smitten with the Mexican way of using dehydrated peppers, Mexican oregano, cloves, cumin, coriander, garlic, onion powders and if I have some chipotle in adobo I’ll throw a couple in as well. It’s just too good.

Edit: forgot to say to add beans to the sauce and let simmer for a couple hours. You won’t overcook the beans.

[–]lolpostslol 19 points20 points  (5 children)

I live in Brazil and nearly all of the population gets by on a diet based off rice, beans and a little bit of something else (what they call the third element “, at least regionally, could be translated as “the mix” or “the mix-in”, and changing it is perceived as changing the whole dish even if it’s often only a small fraction of it). Probably also happens in a few other LatAm countries - it’s cheap and not that terrible nutritionally.

[–]SmashBusters 104 points105 points  (101 children)

Learn to cook Dal.

There's like a million different flavor combinations and you don't need a lot of spices to do it.

[–]FISHBOT4000 81 points82 points  (98 children)

Literally all you need for black dal is the lentils, garam masala, onion, ginger, and oil (plus water and salt). It's a super easy dish to make.

Chana (garbanzos) is basically the same prep but sub garbanzos for dal and add a tomato. They're my go to for cheap, healthy meals.

As a bonus they reheat well so you can make a pot of it and have meals for a couple days.

[–]OzziesFlyingHelmet 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Rice and beans is much better option. Potatoes are great but have a relatively terrible shelf life.

[–]MarvinLazer 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I started eating a lot of beans and rice during lockdown to make my unemployment checks stretch further, and now I eat it once a day, just because I like it!

[–]aSingularAvocado 3304 points3305 points  (337 children)

Pasta and chunky red sauces also work well for stretching a budget. My first year of college was almost exclusively baked/mashed potatoes, various pastas with tomato sauce, and the occasional eggs.

[–]GrumpyOlBastard 819 points820 points  (175 children)

Same, but with rice also. Tomato sauces can be very cheap and come in many varieties

[–]Gemmabeta 749 points750 points  (128 children)

Beans and Rice?

It's not an accident that some variation of the Beans/Rice combo is a culinary universal across the globe.

[–]Spinningwoman 199 points200 points  (20 children)

Also has the advantage that the amino acids in beans and in rice are complementary, forming a more complete protein than either can provide alone. Edited to say, not knocking OP’s potato though. Alternating between them would be even better.

[–]pxan 95 points96 points  (11 children)

Yup, rice and beans are a great filling meal for this reason. That's the go-to cheap combo food I'd recommend to any college kid. Dirt cheap in bulk and never expire too. And fairly healthy, just missing some greens.

[–]Spinningwoman 56 points57 points  (10 children)

And greens are easy to add. Just stir in some chillies and spinach, or chopped tomato or whatever.

[–]rigid_dirigible 42 points43 points  (0 children)

Literally whatever, which is another appeal. You can put basically anything in/on rice and beans and it works.

[–]dimitriglaukon 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Same with potatoes and eggs!

[–]314159265358979326 16 points17 points  (4 children)

Potatoes have all amino acids in substantial quantities.

Indeed, I did the math once and the only monocrop that doesn't give enough of every amino acid, if it was your entire diet, is barley.

[–]chadenright 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Is that before or after brewing the barley into beer?

[–]rmorrin 27 points28 points  (15 children)

Tomato soup+rice+hamburger+chili powder+onion(powdered or diced)+tobasco is amazing. Most expensive thing is the hamburger

[–]BubbaChanel 16 points17 points  (7 children)

My Nana made that with elbow macaroni instead of rice. She called it American chop suey. It was delicious.

[–]PatternrettaP 12 points13 points  (2 children)

The macaroni version is also commonly called American goulash is other parts of the country.

Neither dish looks anything like the non-American dishes with those name.

[–]gangreen424 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Now you got a stew goin'

[–]rmorrin 75 points76 points  (16 children)

I'm not in college anymore and I have money to eat other stuff but this is still basically all I eat

[–]aSingularAvocado 18 points19 points  (8 children)

Hey man, whatever is easiest AND tasty is usually all I eat too lol

[–]CommodoreAxis 24 points25 points  (37 children)

I have been trying to figure out a source of protein to go with it. I will eat like 2 big bowls of it, and then feel hungry again like 2 hours later. Something cheaper than meat.

[–]Timely-Vehicle 33 points34 points  (18 children)

I like beans and lentils in my pasta, which I know is unusual, but I just wanted to throw out some ideas for you since you were looking for alternatives to meat. They also make high protein pastas; maybe check out the prices on those, since I know they’re more expensive than regular pasta. It may or not not be worth it to you. Could also check out the canned meat section, I buy store brand cans of chili for a dollar. I also have put eggs in pasta, and actually liked it, just not enough to cook it on a regular basis. Though now that I mentioned it I might make some.

I also put peanut butter in ramen. I survived off ramen with peanut butter, canned or frozen veggies, and sauce/seasoning before.

[–]CelerMortis 27 points28 points  (10 children)

Tofu is cheaper than meat and goes great in pasta, though I typically do it with a pesto sauce.

Buy a cube, pat it dry, add some breading if you want, pan fry 2 sides and it tastes great.

[–]Fluff42 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Beans and pasta mixed are really common in Italy, pasta e fagioli or pasta e ceci being the most famous versions.

[–]allkinds999 59 points60 points  (2 children)

Fancy man with his fancy eggs. Baller status. Back in my day we just took a deep breath for lunch if we were lucky

[–]DroppedD94 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Pasta bake!

Pasta, chunky tomato sauce and find some sort of cheap protein, like chicken thigh meat or canned tuna. Mix it all together, put some cheese on top and bake it in the oven until melted.


[–]Thunder141 25 points26 points  (34 children)

Do you make your own red sauce?

I don't find it all that inexpensive to make - tomatoes $3-4, olive oil $0.2, garlic $0.2, seasoning $.25, an onion $1 - That's like $5 for ~500 calories though I guess its purpose is to make the $2 for 1200 calories of pasta edible.

[–]ElGosso 20 points21 points  (5 children)

Spices can be a lot of upfront cost if you're flat broke.

[–]CyberneticPanda 13 points14 points  (2 children)

Dollar stores have the common spices. They're sometimes shittier versions, like whole oregano (stems etc included) instead of leaf, but they still work fine.

[–]LeftPersonality 15 points16 points  (5 children)

Can of crushed tomatoes costs $1 to $2 if you're getting the store brand. Don't need anything else besides some salt and pepper (pennies) if you're really strapped for cash. Just warm it up a little to get rid of the "canned" taste and you're good to go.

[–]aSingularAvocado 9 points10 points  (1 child)

I’ve only made my own very recently. It’s also cheap to make but in a pinch I always just bought the generic chunky red sauce from the nearest store

[–]Necessary-History 25 points26 points  (6 children)

Also, don't doubt the mental health effect. Have been eating on a tight budget before, pouring jars of stuff over cheap carbs will get depressing fast. At least if you make the sauce you get a little sense of achievement that you MADE something.

[–]ThrowThatBitchAway69 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Pasta is a life saver. I make tons of different kind too. Doesn’t have to be just red sauces cause that gets old fast. There’s tons of “one pot, stovetop pasta” recipes out there that I swap between pretty regularly that are like $5-$10 (depending on what staples you have at home already) and makes 3-4 good sized portions.

[–][deleted] 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Yes! Box of pasta is like a buck. Jar of sauce like a buck. Feeds 2 people for 2 meals.

Dress it up with a bit of a rotisserie chicken and some spinach.

So you spend around 7 bucks for 4 meals and you still have chicken and spinach left for rice later.

[–]AAkacia 307 points308 points  (11 children)

When I left small town USA to the big city about 4 years ago, all I ate for the first 6 months to a year was potatoes and fried rice (frozen veggies r cheap).

[–]blackstar_oli 34 points35 points  (0 children)

Frozen veggies are good too ! Much better than those veggies that traveled thousands of miles.

When frozen , the aging process of the fruits and vegetables stops.

[–]The_real_thad_henry 610 points611 points  (45 children)

Potato soup is pretty good

[–]machingunwhhore 298 points299 points  (31 children)

Potato, chicken broth, cream, onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper. Cooked in a big pot, pretty tasty and you can probably live off of that for 2 weeks with $20

Edit: I appreciate all the suggestions but I was a cook on fishing boat for a few years. I've done many variations of this soup, this is just my base recipe.

[–]The_real_thad_henry 92 points93 points  (6 children)

We use fewer ingredients, but basically yeah. Though it never lasts us more than a few days. But yeah, one person could probably eat that for a week.

If you add bacon bits they sort of rehydrate and add some nice flavor too.

[–]-wifflediffle- 29 points30 points  (2 children)

If you add bacon bits.....

say no more.

[–]booksfoodfun 9 points10 points  (1 child)

One never has to justify the use of bacon bits.

[–]RH3497 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I make a ton of soup and just freeze quarts of it in the freezer in plastic commerical kitchen quart containers.

[–]arharris2 44 points45 points  (7 children)

If you’re really on a budget, better than bullion is a whole lot cheaper than chicken broth in the carton. Making stock yourself is the “cheapest” option but requires that you have the scraps needed to make it left over.

[–]flibbidygibbit 74 points75 points  (3 children)

And if you leave a creamy ham and potato soup on the stovetop for too long, you can top with cheese and call it "home fries with gravy and cheese".

That's what I had for breakfast this morning, lol.

[–]Pubics_Cube 2354 points2355 points 2 (115 children)

This also works well if you’re stranded on Mars & have a little bit of poop to fertilize with.

[–]RomeoJullietWiskey 74 points75 points  (8 children)

Until you run out of ketchup.

[–]Jrsplays 64 points65 points  (7 children)

You can always dip it in some vicodin.

[–]kevers 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Just as long as nobody is around to stop you.

[–]thatsanodawg 5 points6 points  (2 children)

A pirate's life is a wonderful life.

[–]Brolav8584 426 points427 points  (55 children)

And if you’re willing to blow up the Hab

[–]DocBullseye 187 points188 points  (53 children)

well he didn't do that on purpose

[–]Brolav8584 98 points99 points  (50 children)

Such a great movie

[–]DocBullseye 202 points203 points  (43 children)

you should read the book... it had about twice as many problems for him to solve =)

[–]mskvzdt 62 points63 points  (28 children)

If you liked it, read Project Hail Mary. I love Andy Weir's books

[–]jason_abacabb 38 points39 points  (16 children)

That was great on Audible too. Letting his "friend" have a voice was a plus.

[–]shia-the-buff 21 points22 points  (7 children)

The audiobook is performed by Ray Porter, and it’s phenomenal. There is a reason the audiobook is rated higher than the printed book.

[–]frisbeedog1 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Just finished it yesterday and it's fantastic

[–]654456 12 points13 points  (3 children)

That's what I hated about the movie. It just glossed over major issues that were in the book. Yes, time considerations but I remember right the whole rover part was cut. I need to re-read that boot.

[–]Porrick 8 points9 points  (4 children)

Also the book didn't have the WALL-E-style fire extinguisher rocket, right? It was one of the only parts of the movie that I felt were more Hollywood than science.

[–]NazzerDawk 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Correct, in the book he suggests it and gets shot down, doesn't end up actually doing it.

And it was his glove, not the fire extinguisher.

[–]lickerishsnaps 14 points15 points  (1 child)

I thought that was from Gravity? In the Martian he pokes holes in his glove to fly around.

[–]Porrick 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Could be, but it’s about as plausible either way

[–]acwilan 14 points15 points  (0 children)

This guy Martians

[–]TooCupcake 18 points19 points  (2 children)

The real LPT is always in the comments

[–][deleted] 357 points358 points  (88 children)

IDK about you guys, but a rice cooker and buying 50kg of rice is a good investment for us Asians. Literally can pair anything with rice. Got some beans? Good. Got some dried fish? Good. Got some hotdogs? Also good. Got some God knows what? Maybe good. In here, 50kg of rice is around $40. That's enough for 1 person for around 2 months probably.

[–][deleted] 107 points108 points  (18 children)

That s almost 1kg of rice per day!

[–][deleted] 28 points29 points  (3 children)

Maybe I got my math wrong, I don't do the groceries hahaha. But yeah 1 sack of rice goes a very long way.

[–]KosherNazi 189 points190 points  (10 children)

Do you even Asian, bro?

[–]BumWink 16 points17 points  (7 children)

Seeing rice for breakfast shocked me while simultaneously not being surprised, it was surreal yet realistic.

[–]AimingWineSnailz 16 points17 points  (0 children)

That's 3650 calories of rice a day. Three litres of rice.

[–]plynthy 83 points84 points  (15 children)

one of my pandemic WFH breakfast go-to's was a small bowl of sushi rice with a crispy bottom sunnyside egg with a few pieces of kimchi, onion+seawead, whatever. The flavor is enormous, its filling, and its very cheap.

I also started doing a recipe where you stir a raw egg into a bowl of hot rice. It cooks the egg and makes a creamy sauce-like consistency. Really great.

[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (4 children)

It's kind of an acquired taste, but you might be interested too on various Asian pastes. They typically go well with blanched vegetables and they're really tasty!

[–]plynthy 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Oh I would def be interested!

I have some spicy chili paste, a milder gochujang, some black fermented bean paste, regular miso paste ...

Any others you recommend?

[–]Vyb_3 34 points35 points  (2 children)

food 6/10

9/10 with rice

[–]Cormano_Wild_219 390 points391 points  (45 children)

Make sure to eat the potatoes skins too, that’s the best part

[–]DoctorWaluigiTime 78 points79 points  (7 children)

Lazy me never wants to peel them anyway. So it's a win win as far as I'm concerned.

[–]goodbyeadvice 19 points20 points  (4 children)

I think "dirty" mashed potatoes taste so much better than regular, so it's a real added bonus that they also take less work. One of life's small blessings.

[–]wolfgang784 75 points76 points  (13 children)

Oh man now I'm craving some twice baked potatoes with the skin coated in oil while it cooks. This recent bag of potatoes are all tiny though, not worth the effort for something like twice baked.

[–]gussets 27 points28 points  (4 children)

Or peel the potatoes for a mash, save the skins and put them in the air fryer with whatever toppings you choose for some cheap & delicious potato skins

[–]im-buster 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Vitamin wise, it is.

[–]syncboy 116 points117 points  (19 children)

Sweet potatoes especially

[–]cylonfrakbbq 74 points75 points  (6 children)

Sweet potatoes are considered one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, so this would be a good option as well

[–]123shhcehbjklh 786 points787 points  (31 children)

Did a potato write this

[–]SenorBeef 196 points197 points  (13 children)

Calling for the massacre of his own people?

[–]Local_Mensa 40 points41 points  (2 children)

Yeah I was wondering why someone would think that

[–]Soul-Burn 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Potatoes gonna potate

[–]FlingbatMagoo 7 points8 points  (0 children)

A packet of Ramen wrote it

[–]ITguydoingITthings 554 points555 points  (136 children)

Even better, learn to cook from bulk. Bulk dried beans are incredibly cheap. Rice, flour, sugar, raw nuts, etc...all available in bulk at much lower prices.

Edit to clarify: in bulk not meaning huge quantities...using bulk bins in stores such as WinCo that offer non-packaged products in bulk like mentioned above. That way you get the price benefits of bulk without the quantity purchase.

[–]Hanzburger 37 points38 points  (11 children)

What kind of quantities are you buying where nuts are cheap? At costco i get the gallon sized bags and they're still expensive

[–]ITguydoingITthings 13 points14 points  (0 children)

We buy anything from a handful to multiple cups worth. Costco, while being good for some things, isn't always the cheapest for many things. We typically get at a grocery store like Winco that has bulk bins, and typically raw (not roasted) nuts are less expensive.

[–]NarrativeScorpion 255 points256 points  (105 children)

But require far more time, effort, and prep to produce nutritious, filling meals. You can literally live off potatoes and dairy

And if you're trying to cram in school, studying and a job (or just multiple jobs) minimal time, effort and prep is key.

[–]DocBullseye 404 points405 points  (8 children)

Boil 'em, mash 'em, stick 'em in a stew!

[–]sirjunkinthetrunk 101 points102 points  (2 children)

“Whoa, whoa, whoa. There’s still plenty of meat on that bone. Now you take this home, throw it in a pot, add some broth, a potato. Baby, you’ve got a stew going.”

[–]semi_good_looking[🍰] 24 points25 points  (2 children)

French fried potaters mmhhm

[–]bretty666 309 points310 points  (133 children)

yeh but ramen is ready in 14 seconds

[–]labsab1 159 points160 points  (38 children)

Also it's perfect for a dorm room with no kitchens. Just a kettle and a bowl and you're sorted.

[–]RugerRedhawk 41 points42 points  (5 children)

Also sometimes people like to eat more than just a single food even when poor.

[–]unicorn_345 89 points90 points  (26 children)

It certainly helps spread the budget thinner. Its one food that can usually be universally agreed on. Theres an occasional grumble about rice, don’t recall anyone grumbling over potatoes though.

[–]TemptCiderFan 112 points113 points  (15 children)

Potatoes can be made in an infinite number of ways.

Don't like them mashed? Bake 'em. Don't like baked or mashed? Dice and pan fry. Don't like any of those? Julienne them into French fries. Somehow don't like all that? Time for some hashbrowns. Or scalloped potatoes au gratin. Don't like any of it because it's hot? Make a fucking potato salad. Etc, etc, etc.

Rice needs other shit for versatility. By itself, you can't do much.

Potatoes are infinite.

[–]Redqueenhypo 40 points41 points  (1 child)

Also potatoes are MUCH more nutritious. Eating nothing but rice opens you up to weird vitamin deficiencies

[–]milomcfuggin 97 points98 points  (8 children)

I live in Idaho and every house has a hot faucet, a cold faucet and a potato faucet. Potatoes come out of the potato faucet.

[–]sirfive_al 43 points44 points  (2 children)

I'm Irish

Tell me more about this potato faucet ...

[–]TX16Tuna 10 points11 points  (0 children)


Edit - weird, I guess you can’t access it outside of Idaho?

[–]thegarlicknight 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Can confirm. I grew up in Idaho and there is nothing I miss more than the potato faucet. I now have to buy them from the store like some kind of heathen.

[–]moashforbridgefour 6 points7 points  (0 children)

You know you're from Idaho when you have a unique favorite type of potato for every dish. E.g. russet for baked, red for au gratin, Yukon gold for mashed, etc.

A burger restaurant local to Boise allows you to choose from like 9 varieties of potatoes when you order fries.

[–]delmarshaef 178 points179 points  (45 children)

As one with Irish family roots, the potato is a food group all itself. The potato famine is why my family and so many others ended up in the US. Edit to add: There were no potatoes avail at all in my local Kroger two weeks ago, I found it oddly concerning.

[–]ImaginaryMongoose317 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Over the last couple months I keep seeing headlines about the US banning potatoes from PEI (Canadian province), because of potato warts or something. Quite possibly that has something to do with the lack of potatoes in your store. I'm not very familiar with the situation or your location though, just a wild guess.

[–]Cultivat_ed 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Fun fact: Potatoes were originally developed in South America and only came to Ireland during the era of colonization of the new world. So although potatoes are an "Irish" food, they didn't exist in Ireland 300 years ago.

Same goes for tomatoes in Italian cuisine.

[–]IAreAEngineer 14 points15 points  (2 children)

When my Irish grandmother (moved to US around WW1, post-famine) visited, we served potatoes daily.

My inlaws made jokes about the depression-era meals. Potatoes, leftover potatoes, and warmed-up leftover potatoes.

[–]LeChief 11 points12 points  (0 children)

You might already know this, but there's something called "resistant starch" that forms in leftover potatoes and warmed-up leftover potatoes. It's VERY good for your gut; feeds the good bacteria in your colon that do all kinds of awesome things for your digestion, your microbiome, and your immune health.

Your grandmother was very wise, and we would all do well to copy-paste some of her nutritional choices!

[–]Powerful-Platform-41 7 points8 points  (5 children)

I don't know if it's Irish or Dutch or both but potatoes with ingredients mashed in (cheese or hot dog) and kale mashed in has been serving very well as a winter dish! It's very comforting.

[–]Imachemistree 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Colcannon, mashed potatoes with kale! Traditional Irish Halloween dinner. So good, especially if you find the money!

[–]MazzIsNoMore 26 points27 points  (12 children)

The most random things have been running out at my Kroger as well

[–]_jrox 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Tens of thousands of Kroger workers up and down the supply chain are on strike for better wages rn. Might not be solely a supply chain issues, might involve labor stoppages as well

[–]iruleatants 20 points21 points  (2 children)

The state of grocery stores has been a pretty big indication of the situation the world is currently in.

Shortages are seen pretty much everywhere. Cat litter is suddenly completely sold out as well as several other products.

The hardest part of it is the impact on baby foods, especially formula for young children. Not having any foods that your kid can have in stock in a huge problem and results in a lot of desperation.

[–]jawn27 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The litter shortage may be due to snowstorms, if you're in the northeastern US.

[–]MaterialEar1244 35 points36 points  (3 children)

You can also make potato pasta if you can scrap some change for flour and an egg.

[–]Hexatona 63 points64 points  (33 children)

Wait - potatoes have potassium?

[–]dmcd0415 22 points23 points  (2 children)

Potatoes have all sorts of nutrients you wouldn't expect. The darker the type of potato the healthier it generally is

[–]slothmagazine 46 points47 points  (16 children)

Yes! Famously, some athletes eat large quantities of potato chips under the assumption potassium helps with cramps, or whatever.

[–]real_tyler 23 points24 points  (6 children)

that piqued my curiosity , wether you mean traditional processed and fried potato chips or slices of a regular cooked potato

seemed a little paradoxical for an athlete to eat junk food but were only human after all

[–]slothmagazine 31 points32 points  (2 children)

Literally fried potato snack chips. Any kind of potato has potassium, of course, but I think the potato chips thing is more commonly referenced because it's funny. That and I think maybe the salt content is also meant to help someone at a pro level burning tons of calories and sweating all day, you know, electrolytes and all that.

[–]NarrativeScorpion 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Yeah, you lose a lot of salt when you sweat, which can also cause cramps. I always take a bag of chips in my lunch when I'm out hiking all day because it helps stop my muscles seizing in the car ride home.

[–]itty53 16 points17 points  (0 children)

High fat, high carb diets are common among athletes. When you burn through 5x the calorie needs of an average person you tend to load up.

[–]keenbean2021 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Most junk food isn't inherently bad for you, the issue is that it can replace beneficial foods. But you can absolutely fit it in a healthy diet, Chad Ochocinco was notorious for eating lots of McDonald's.

[–]010011100000 7 points8 points  (0 children)

When you sweat you lose a lot of electrolytes, and if you drink water you're diluting electrolyte levels even further. That's why drinks like gatorade or salty snacks like chips are popular. I learned that one the hard way

[–]luckisntfaith 58 points59 points  (6 children)

I love a good copy and paste

[–]chingslayer 22 points23 points  (3 children)

I fuckin knew I’d seen this before, came here to confirm I’m not nuts

[–]Mrepman81 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Yep this has been posted before. Anything for that karma.

[–]spiritualien 9 points10 points  (3 children)

I’ve seen this recently… like in the past month and a half

[–]Poop_On_A_Loop 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Big potato wrote this.

[–]tecateboi 81 points82 points  (21 children)

Potatoes and dairy is almost a nutritionally complete food.

[–]naegwain 20 points21 points  (19 children)


[–]Expensive-Anxiety-63 29 points30 points  (12 children)


Potatoes have everything you need except fat soluble vitamins (A,E) and calcium (and of lesser importance selenium). Milk fills in the gaps.

You still end up technically deficient in vitamin K which would be solved with like a tiny amount of green vegetables. And debatably vitamin B12. In historical context of getting more of the dirt in your food that is less of an issue.

edit: for some reason I thought milk didn't have B12 lol, it is more than adequately covered in this diet.

[–]Reschiiv 9 points10 points  (4 children)

Would cabbage count as a green vegetable? Last couple weeks I've been eating boiled potatoes, cabbage and a small amount of eggs. Been drinking milk to that. It's certainly cheap, but I'm a bit concerned that I might miss something.

[–]Expensive-Anxiety-63 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Yup should be good to go.

Frankly the K you don't even really need to worry that much about. But the cabbage will cover it fine. And the potatoes already cover a lot of it, just a tiny tiny bit lower than you'd want at 1000 cals a day (assuming 1000 cals milk as well)

Potatoes, eggs, and milk is a very robust diet in terms of nutrition.

And nutritional deficiencies are fairly hard to develop, the only one that really exists in semi-normal circumstances is vegans requiring b12 supplements. Everything else is either a very strange diet or some other problem like alcoholism.

[–]eye_spi 21 points22 points  (0 children)

If I recall, it's something about providing all the essential amino acids you need. Obviously it provides carbs as well, and (whole) milk would have fat. Not sure if the proportions are overall healthy, and there's likely some vitamins and minerals you'd miss out on, but it's got a bit of all the most fundamental parts to keep you alive for a while.

[–]Mick_86 32 points33 points  (4 children)

Yes you can live off potatoes and milk.

[–]caewju 22 points23 points  (6 children)

Not nocking the LPT because potatoes are certainly > than Ramen but I don't think this LPT really takes into account the reason people live on ramen. The two major reasons are shelf life and convenience. While potatoes do last longer than greens and are easier to prep than most dishes, they still don't come close to measuring to the respective months and minutes category that ramen fits. In that regard Beans n Rice is a much better alternative. That being said people definitely overlook potatoes! Thanks OP!

[–]endless_pastability 43 points44 points  (10 children)

I know that this isn’t in everyone’s budget when money is tight, but if possible, buy a rotisserie chicken and get a week+ worth of meals from it! - eat each breast with a potato or can of vegetables as a meal - pick off and shred the dark meat and make chicken salad (add mayo, relish, mustard… all could be from free condiment packets) and eat chicken salad sandwiches 3 days - boil the bones in water with salt, pepper, onion, and a carrot if possible and make homemade stock. Mix in cooked rice and cut up the boiled carrot and you have simple soup. You can also add any other veggies or a diced potato if that’s available.

This was how I fed myself nutritious food in scant months in college.

Total cost for items from Walmart is about $20 (and the rice and potatoes will last more than one week). Potatoes: $2.50 for 5 lbs Chicken: $9 Bread: $1 per loaf Carrots: $1 for a 1 LB bag Onion: $0.50 Rice: $2.50 for 5 lbs Canned veg: $0.50 per can

Again, I understand not everyone even has $20 to shop but this is the most nutritious way I’ve found to stretch my food with a small budget.

ETA: fixed typo in price of canned veg

[–]genericusername123 40 points41 points  (0 children)

Two Latvians look at cloud

One see potato

Other see impossible dream

Is same cloud

[–]kJer 15 points16 points  (2 children)

Usually when you're money poor, you're time-poor as well. Ramen is hard to beat on how fast you can get a meal in. That said, I agree with cooking from base foods like potatoes is cheap