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    An old woman who grew up during the depression has a cooking series of brief videos that show you how to cook extremely inexpensive meals that her and her family ate during the depression. I find this particular series interesting because it's actually focused on good tasting stuff, not just being dirt cheap. Anyone know any legit good meals that are cheap?
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    That is a lot of olive oil !

    Iteresting though. And the lentils-rice thing looks good enough. I think I'll try that.
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    That's really neat, actually. I'm dirt poor and always looking for things to make that are filling but cheap. Checking out this lady's channel now....will definitely have to try some of that.
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    The surprising part to me is that this is informative to people. Nothing she made in the video was anything but obvious and easy. I've made all three courses of that meal before, though not at the same time because I generally don't make three-course meals at home. The fact that people need to be taught how to boil lentils and rice, fry meat in lemon juice, or toss lettuce with oil is really, really sad...
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    Working Class Foodies is a channel with cooking videos. "Local, seasonal, affordable. Homemade meals on a budget for all experience levels." It is not a channel that I follow but just watched a couple of videos. They are interesting enough.
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    I do see the errors in my initial reaction. However, this thread makes me say, People! Get your butts to the store and buy yourselves some damn lentils! Those things are awesome! Healthy, versatile, tasty, and easy to make!
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    I've been making rice based meals a lot lately. My husband didn't know how to make anything more than ramen when we met, because his family hardly cooks and when they did, they never offered to show him, but he is learning. I bake more than cook, but my go to easy, cheap foods are:

    Burritos-can of corn, black beans, rice, some salsa and sometimes cheese- hat beans, corn and salsa in a pan, then pile on top of the rice on a tortilla. Can feed like 3 or 4 people forlike four dollars.

    Fried rice - rice, frozen mixed veggies, eggs, soy sauce- while the rice is cooking, pan fry the veggies in soy sauce, add as many eggs as you want when the veggies are hot, then add the rice to the pan with a little more soy sauce until it matches your personal tastes. The eggs are for protein. I make four cups of rice (measure before cooking), one bag of veggies, and six eggs. Me, my husband and randman eat on it for two or three days and it only costs a few dollars to make that much.

    we also add eggs, tuna and/or veggies to boxed pasta meals, like Mac n cheese, to make it more filling and a complete meal.

    Oh! And oatmeal cookies! 1 cup sugar, two sticks butter or margarine, 1 1/2 cups flour, 2 cups quick oats (five min kind, not instant), pinch of salt, a little vanilla and cinnamon- mix ingredients together, roll into small, quarter sized balls, dip in cinnamon sugar and bake on 375 until they brown around the edges. Don't make the balls too big or they don't cook well.
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    I couldn't cook anything that didn't have a box and directions until I was 19 and I got my first cooking job. Most of the time my mom did the cooking at home, and on the nights she worked, I just stuck with things like frozen pizza, mac and cheese, mashed potato flakes, and other things that you can get really really cheap at any grocery store. I've recently started branching out a bit and trying different things, so this was a good video to me because it takes a very small amount of knowledge and stretches it out a little, instead of having either this really plain "heat water to boiling, put rice into pan, put butter in, sprinkle salt in, simmer, done" approach, or this super-complicated nine-course meal project.

    A good comparison would be that this is similar to punk music when I first got into it -- simple, easy to learn, not always SUPER easy, but enough to where you can bullshit your way through it until you're good at it. And the ingredients are cheap and come in large quantities (like lentils), so you can afford to mess up a few times without bankrupting yourself.

    For the record, I never knew how to cook lentils until I saw this video. lol

    Side note: I'm just casually wondering:

    What surprises me is that you think that everyone who watches that video knows nothing about budget meals and is learning for the first time, heh heh. Half of the video is learning about what that brave woman went through and hearing the stories she tells. Shame you are too above that to appreciate it. That's so disrespectful of you. Then again, that's really no surprise...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llamas View Post
    The surprising part to me is that this is informative to people. Nothing she made in the video was anything but obvious and easy. I've made all three courses of that meal before, though not at the same time because I generally don't make three-course meals at home. The fact that people need to be taught how to boil lentils and rice, fry meat in lemon juice, or toss lettuce with oil is really, really sad...
    What surprises me is that you think that everyone who watches that video knows nothing about budget meals and is learning for the first time, heh heh. Half of the video is learning about what that brave woman went through and hearing the stories she tells. Shame you are too above that to appreciate it. That's so disrespectful of you. Then again, that's really no surprise...
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