Depression Era Cooking for today’s poor person
The Depression Era cooking post inspired me. My husband and I have been living as cheaply as possible for many years in order to save money for school and a baby on the way. I thought I would share some of my cheap but healthy recipes with you and hope that you will do the same! My favourite cheap food besides potatoes and beans/legumes is cabbage. One cabbage can last us several meals. The basic idea of chopping potatoes and frying them can also be applied to cabbages. Chop half (or a quarter) of a cabbage up and fry in oil with an onion, potatoes, beans or any other number of things. It's quick and yummy. My favourite oil to use is coconut oil as it can also be used as a moisturizer. My favourite recipe is cabbage fried with hot peppers, coconut oil and curry powder. You can also add chopped cabbage to rice and a hard boiled egg and mix the whole thing with oil and spices. It's surprisingly good! If you add nutritional yeast, you can get a nice cheesy flavour without buying expensive cheese. Nutritional yeast also lasts longer. If you grow your own veggies, chopping and frying *anything* is a great poor skill to have. Some of the easiest veggies to grow, imho, are cabbage, kale, lettuce and tomatoes. If you buy bulk dried beans or legumes, adding protein to any meal is easy and cheap as well. Dried lentils or split peas can be easily simmered down into a thick soup for a quick and easy (and cheap!) dinner. This is one of our favourites during the winter especially if curry is added to give it a bit of kick. So poor skill people, what are your favourite cheap (but healthy) recipes that you would like to share? If you grow your own veggies, what are your favourite recipes that use the bounty of your garden?