If you had to eat something every day for 10 days.............

iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2004
If you had to eat something every day for 10 days.............
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Wed, 10-05-2011 - 12:25am

What would it be?

I live by myself and work a 40 hr week and am on a severe budget. I want to fix something in quantity every 2 weeks on payday that will get me by until the next payday.

I have 3 slow cookers, 1 which is 7 qt, and one about 3 gallon deep blue soup(?) pot and assorted frying pans and pots.

Got to be easy, cheap and easy to keep for 2 weeks.

I eat anything.

GO!

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008

Okay Bob, I have to tell you that I read this, then walked away to think about it for a few minutes and all I can say is that this questions stresses me out!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 01-31-2001

I have been thinking about this too. I will pass on a Jamie Oliver bulk sauce idea. Don't be put off by the list of ingredients as they are all suggestions, basically use up whatever you have and whatever is on sale. I have made it and it works in half quantities too. It is really tasty and can be thinned down to have as a soup, poured over pasta as a sauce on it's own, combine a little with a handful of ground beef, nice with eggs too also works to take a cupful and add some chilli if you like spice, mix with some chunky veggies top with a torn up piece of bread and some grated cheese and into the oven, mixed through a bowl of rice is good too.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2004

I have actually done this for a long time and it works for me. Whatever I fix I divide it all into ten containers. Some of the things I have done are: A very large stir fry that over the 10 days I can change around, like one day I might stir in a Szechuan sauce and put it over either rice or noodles. I might put rice in a container top it with hard crunchy noodles and use soy or some other

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-18-2008

Okay, I feel much better now! :-) I thought you were going to make, say, a pan of lasagna, cut it up into 10 pieces and eat the exact same thing every day. Yikes, I was really stressed over that. haha

I think that Quinoa is something you could make in bulk, throw it in a big tupperware in the fridge, then dig into it as needed. It's full of protein. (I think I remember on another board you saying that you did body building or something like that?? Just cyber-slap me if I'm wrong there!) I use it in lieu of rice in a stir fry. I mix it up with eggs and veggies and scramble it all in the morning for breakfast. You can press it together and make quinoa patties like veggie burgers. Very versatile.

Another make-ahead thing I like to do, especially when I'm expecting a busy week, is to cook chicken breasts in the crockpot on low all day, in some chicken broth. Cook them for 8 or more hours until they're falling apart. Shred them up and you can add it to pasta, throw some BBQ sauce on it and make a sandwich, put it into a stir fry, whip up some bullion and make soup, etc.

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999

OH, Bob!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-16-2004

Solved the problem the easy way, at least for the month of October. Subway has all foot long subs, except Philly Cheese, for $5 for the whole month.

I put $75 on a Subway card and that will feed me for the rest of the month. With their variety I can eat fairly well and not spend much.

My overall objective is to feed myself well for no more than $100 per month. I think I can do it with no real problem if I plan it out ahead.

I'm not a big eater, I'm over 6' and weigh 185 and walk a minimum of 7 miles a day so I can eat one meal a day at lunch usually and at night I may eat a few crackers. I drink only ice tea or water with maybe a Coke or 2 a week so I feel it is a "can do" project. I want to try this for a year.

So help me out. I get paid every two weeks and don't want to spend more than $50 in one visit to the store. Assume nothing in my pantry other than spices.

I want to do one main item, as I mentioned before, that I can add this and that to so that there are variations

Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999

Guilty on the Subway menu!

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Community Leader
Registered: 02-27-1999
I stuck some stuff in the recipe folder for ham and turkey.
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