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attention college freshmen/anyone feeding themselves for the first time

this is for you

it has come to my attention that some people are not feeding themselves properly bc they don’t know how to cook/aren’t sure how to cook on a budget. bc i am everyone’s mom (or at least everyone’s wise older sister) let me drop some very real Broke Rookie Cooking Knowledge. 2 of my favorite recipes are under the cut, both of which come out to $2 OR LESS PER SERVING.

-MAKE a MENU. pick out like 5 things you know how to make and buy JUST WHAT YOU NEED FOR THOSE THINGS. and also a few snacks, but otherwise, JUST THAT. don’t just buy some random-ass groceries you think you’ll need. (also, if you don’t know how to make 5 things, seriously just google simple dinner recipes. i used a “mississippi heirloom cookbook” my aunt gave me and got a ton of good ones.)

-tbh i don’t even buy snacks except for a giant box of cookies that lasts me like 2 weeks at a time and an assload of apples. snacking is bad for you, and if you don’t HAVE snacks, you can’t EAT snacks. fuck snacks.

-off-brand EVERYTHING. you think you can taste a difference? you CAN’T. get shit in cans. vegetables. pasta sauce. salsa. whatthefuckever. it all comes in cans, and it’s always cheaper. i have no idea why.

-whole grain bread and brown rice/pasta are not more expensive than the regular kind, and they keep you full longer. GET THEM.

-@ my americans, Dollar Tree has literally everything. every kitchen utensil. (it’s where i got my big-ass chef’s knife, and that bitch is still sharp.) dishes/cups. snacks. drinks. literal loaves of bread. all kinds of basics, from peanut butter to sriracha to progresso soup. some even have freezer sections. all for ONE DOLLAR. go to Dollar Tree first, then go to the grocery store for whatever you couldn’t find there. i s2g it saves me so much money. (they also have tupperware, cleaning supplies, toilet paper, EVERYTHING. for one dollar.)

-produce is way cheaper than you think. get some fresh vegetables. you really will start to feel like a bag of hot garbage if you don’t eat your veggies.

-COOK in ADVANCE. i work during the day and go to school in the evenings, then i come home and work out. lemme tell you, my ass does NOT wanna cook when im done with all that. cook shit in big quantities, stock up on tupperware (dollar treeeeee), and stick it in the fridge for later. when you’re exhausted and remember you have instant dinner already made, you will want to kiss yourself.

-find some sandwiches you love. make a lot of sandwiches. (pls for the love of God dont use kraft american singles tho. deli-sliced cheese is literally right next to it, and it is NOT more expensive.)`

-FUCK organic free-range shit. you got organic free-range money? GREAT. i sure as hell don’t, and neither do most people. don’t waste your money trying to live your foodstagram #goals while you’re young and poor.

-if you qualify for SNAP/EBT, GET THAT SHIT. there are some assholes out there that will tell you not to, to leave it for the ~real~ poor people. tell them, ‘motherfucker I AM REAL POOR.’ for real though, corporations take advantage of any assistance the government gives them and they still lobby for more. you’d be a fool not to do the same. 

now some cheap-ass recipes

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Easy vegan Mediterranean Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 small onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small can off chickpeas (Use the leftovers from my pancake recipe ;) )
  • 200 g dry linguine pasta
  • ½ cup of black olives
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1 Tomato 
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup veggie stock
  • salt and pepper or taste
  • pinch of sugar
  •  some fresh parsley to garnish


Directions

  1. Heat a pot with water, salt it and let it come to a boil.
  2. In the meantime halve the olives, dice the tomato, dice the zucchini and finely mince the onions and the garlic. Then heat the oil in a large pan and add the chickpeas, olives and the zucchini and fry for about 3 minutes on medium high. When the water starts boiling add your pasta.
  3. After that add the onion and the garlic to the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes until onions become translucent on medium heat. Now add the tomato, the seasonings and the veggie stock and cook for 5 minutes letting it all simmer a bit. 
  4. Drain the pasta and immediately toss with the ingredients in your pan. Make sure you coat your pasta with your ingredients well. 
  5. Now serve to yourself or share with others and enjoy this filling and delicious meal. 

Only just found out udon noodles are actually vegan what have I been doing for the past 8 months of my life 😪 😂 Served them up with stir-fry veggies and some crispy maple tofu and peanut sauce 👌 The best meals are just your fridge contents thrown into a bowl right??

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🍝30-min Pasta Primavera🍝 

Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi w/ Pumpkin Puree, Toasted Walnuts and Paprika

Bunch x spinach
Block x dry ricotta
Handful x parmesan cheese
3 x eggs
Dash x self raising flour
1 x pumpkin
1 x onion
2 x garlic cloves
Handful x walnut
Paprika, to taste

A. Combine spinach, ricotta, flour, parmesan and eggs - mix with an electric mixer/blender/whatever

B. Boil water, spoon tablespoons of mixture in (making sure blobs of mixture don’t touch). Gnocchi is cooked when it floats to the top of the water. 

C. Boil pumpkin, add slightly fried garlic and onion, mix with electric mixer/blender/whatever

D. Throw together w/ toasted walnuts, salt, pepper and paprika to taste.

🍝🌶🌳🍔🤤😍Once more killing the under 500 cal game haha. 2 Amy’s kitchen burgers 🍔, purple sprouting broccoli, kimchi and wholegrain pasta in home made tomato sauce all comes in at a total of 486 cals! 🍝🍔🌳😍🌶✊️🤘👌🤤

Sauce: (serves one)
50g pasata
10g (approx) onion
½ tsps garlic
Pinch mixed herbs 🌿
1 taps olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste.

Sweat off onion and garlic in oil
Chuck everything else in and cook on a low heat until it tastes good 🙃

This makes enough for about 60-80 grams of pasta

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This garlic cream sauce is so easy and is very versatile! You can use it on pasta, sandwiches, as chip or veggie dip.. or try it on potatoes with some dill. YUM! Let me know what you think.