Bored and hungry, need some meal ideas!

@thyst07 (2091)
United States
February 5, 2007 3:43pm CST
I need some ideas for low-cost meals that I can either cook in small quantities or freeze for later. I'm in college and I usually cook for just me or me and my boyfriend. I'm on a pretty tight budget, and getting bored with my own cooking.
5 responses
@misskatonic (3727)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Donburi! It's cheap, easy and you can make as much or as little as you'd like. Donburi is essentially 'rice with stuff on it'. Cook up some rice and add chicken and fresh veggies. Add BBQ pork. Add lemon sauce and cucumber - that's my favorite. Add frozen shrimp. Add peas and carrots for the vegetarian option. It's cheap and simple and filling and healthy.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Thanks a lot! I've experimented with some rice mixtures, but I never knew it had a name! I'll try the lemon and cucumber, it sounds pretty good.
• United States
5 Feb 07
You're more than welcome! I highly recommend looking into Asian meals, as they tend to be cheap to put together and easy to make. Anything that goes in a Bento Box is pretty simple to make and perfect for a college student budget! Try the site 'My Lunch Can Beat Up Your Lunch'. Some of the recipes are odd, but I've made most of the recipes on the page and they fit into my 20 dollars a week food budget!
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
6 Feb 07
cool, I'll check that site out.
@nmw2005 (1197)
• United States
6 Feb 07
this is easy and good Cajun pasta Fresca INGREDIENTS: 1 pound vermicelli pasta 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 teaspoon minced garlic 13 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped (or used canned w/juice) 1 tablespoon salt 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese DIRECTIONS: Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. While the pasta water is boiling, in a large skillet over medium heat, briefly saute garlic in oil. Stir in tomatoes and their juice and sprinkle with salt. When tomatoes are bubbly, mash slightly with a fork. Stir in parsley, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes more. Toss hot pasta with tomato sauce, Cajun seasoning, mozzarella and Parmesan.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
6 Feb 07
That sounds really tasty. I love to cook pasta, but it's hard to come up with recipes where the sauce doesn't require a five star chef to get it right. I'll be sure to try this one sometime.
@Eisenherz (2911)
• Portugal
9 Feb 07
Hey, thanks for the wonderful recipe. It looks really tempting and makes me want to cook it one of these days...as a matter of fact, I'll go and add it to my "to cook" list, cheers for sharing!
@xParanoiax (6998)
• United States
11 Feb 07
Some alfredo noodles are usually a pretty yummy meal..they sell these little packages of alfredo powder with directions how to make it into the cheesy flavored goop to put on your noodles. I like to add carrots and other veggies to it. You could also go for the typical camp-fire type meal..baked beans or mashed potatos with hot dogs(or a grilled cheese). Those aren't usually very expensive to buy the stuff to cook with.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
12 Feb 07
I've seen those alfredo packets, but I haven't tried them. I don't like canned alfredo, so I wasn't sure if the packets would be very good either. But I'll give them a try.
@wdiong (1817)
• Singapore
6 Feb 07
One quick and easy dish (it's not that costly either) you can try is Fried rice. This is more of an Asian dish. Obviously the main ingredient is rice. If you happen to have leftover rice then that's even better. Saute some onions,add in an egg, scramble it. Next you can add some mixed vegetables, shrimps, luncheon meat, fish cake or what ever you happen to have on hand. Lastly, add in the rice and add some salt and pepper to taste.
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@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
6 Feb 07
That sounds really good. I love Asian food. What kind of rice works best (white, brown, etc.), and what heat setting should I use?
• United States
6 Feb 07
Some of my favorite "quick, easy, cheap" meals are chilli - I have a crockpot and I just dump in whatever beans I have on hand, some diced tomatoes, tomato past, and tons of cumin and chili powder. Some of my favorite combinations: +Chili beans, kidney beans, black beans +Black beans, kidney beans, salsa, corn, nacho cheese sauce, lots of tomatoes +Meat (I'm a vegetarian so I use Morningstar Crumblers), kidney beans, potoatoes Basically, just keep lots of canned beans, tomatoes (diced, crushed, etc.), cumin, and chili powder on hand, and you can throw whatever you want in a pot or crockpot. Eat it by itself, with chips, folded into tortillas... I'm making myself hungry now :)
@thyst07 (2091)
• United States
6 Feb 07
That's a great idea. My grandma makes a really good, inexpensive chili. I'll have to get her recipe. The nice thing about it is that even if you make it in large quantities, you can freeze it in individual servings, and it heats up beautifully.