reply to post by SinDefiant
I highly suggest seeing what kind of financial aid is available in your region. I'm not from the states, but from where I am from if you make below a
certain amount you qualify for government assistance even with a job. It's not a lot of money, but it could make the difference between Raman
noodles, and some meat on your table. It would also be wise to look into food stamps, food banks, or places that offer hot meals to those in need.
I've had to eat in shelters before, it's not as bad as you may think. There are lots of people there for all sorts of reasons. Take any and all
help, don't let your pride get in the way of some assistance. Years ago I had to get help with an issue that landed me broke, and if I didn't ask
for help, or seek it out I would have never gotten it.
If you know anyone that hunts, fishes, owns a farm find out if there is work you can do for them for food stuffs. It's winter right now, so I'm not
gonna suggest looking for wild fruit, or anything like that but it never hurts to go pick OOOOOOOOOOODles of black berries when they are around. They
freeze good, are great eaten as is, or made into preserves, pies and other treats.
You can always buy packages of pasta for not much more than two packs of raman noodles, and if you can scrounge up the coin for some simple
ingredients pasta is filling and versatile. Even with out meat, a can of tomatoe sauce and a few veggies goes a long way.
AS far as worrying about getting enough nutrients we would need to know how far you can go with your budget. I don't need dollars and cents of your
life, but do you have a weekly budget we can work with? If you are eating only ramen noodles you're gonna run into some serious problems eating just
them long term. It's just starch, fat, carbs and sodium. It's gonna wreck your physical and mental health just not getting the nutrients making
this situation a little harder than it has to be.
My girlfriend used to make pasta(macaroni noodles), Canned tomatoes and butter, with salt and pepper when we were broke. Not bad either, and at least
gets some vitamins in with the mix. You could spice this up further if you can afford to buy throwing in some peppers, a clove of garlic, a half an
onion and anything else you like really.
Boil your pasta in water with a pinch of salt.
Take a skillet, use some oil, margarine, what ever you have on hand. With enough to cover the bottom of the pan. Add your onions, peppers,and other
veggies, and a clove or two of crushed or minced garlic. If you've never done this yourself it isn't hard, garlic is cheap, adds nice flavor. If you
don't like garlic you can leave it out. Add your diced tomatoes(canned or fresh, canned are precooked to a degree so they seem to work better for
this.) Cook until the veggies are at texture you like, I add my tomatoes after my veggies are done, but everyone likes their meals a little different,
you can play with it a bit.
When your pasta is ready strain and return to the pot, add a little butter(margarine) and empty the contents of the pan into the pot. Stir until all
your noodles and veggies are well mixed Serve, add salt and pepper to taste. This is a very basic pasta recipe, there is no meat, but you can play
with that as well if funds serve you. Believe it or not you don't HAVE to have a serving of meat every day, but you should try to incorporate it in
your diet where you can, or at least another source of protein(beans, peas, soy, nuts, dairy, what ever you like.)
I sometimes forget what it's like to be in this situation, but I can try to think of simple easy, home made recipes for you and come back to update.
Look for large packages of meat. Ground beef, chicken, pork when they come with in a few days of the best before stores will mark them down. They're
totally fine to go straight in the freezer. You can get a few lbs of ground beef for great deals here and there, and if you're gonna cook it up for
pasta it's probably just fine to eat. I know around here stores have to toss anything 1 day from BB or after, just because it's 2 days from Best
before doesn't mean it's gone bad.
Be careful with meat, it's hard to throw some things away when we are on hard times, but getting sick/diarrhea, isn't worth keeping left overs that
are no good, raw or cooked. If meat doesn't look right, smells off don't use/eat it.
Bulk pancake mix is a nice change from ramen too. You can get the kind that only needs water to make, and some supermarkets have great bulk
departments that could give you an alternative to ramen, that's a little better for you.
My brain is off at the moment, I cant think of much else to say.