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What were your go-to meals/foods when you were totally broke?



  • Registered Users Posts: 16,201 ✭✭✭✭the beer revolu

    Pork hocks are incredibly good value. Slow roast or casserole.

  • Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 5,818 Mod ✭✭✭✭Raichu

    Mrs & I are divils for pasta and it was cheap af so we used to when we were down to bare couple euros grab a bag of pasta from aldi and the instant soup mixes, had those together it was actually really nice haha. wouldn't be likely to seek it out if I wasn't desperate these days but when we were hungry and broke it did the job!

    we got sick of the instant noodles pretty quick but that was another one for a while at least just not a meal really more of a quick snack.

  • Registered Users Posts: 506 ✭✭✭Freddie Mcinerney

    The one pot concept is great. Whatever you have, with some spices, keep it moist. And Bob yours uncle.

  • Registered Users Posts: 48 Mollydog123

    Pasta with mushroom soup poured over it. Once had to go a whole week with nothing else.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,246 ✭✭✭✭Mrs OBumble

    Cabbage surprise: you get a big surprise if you find anything other than cabbage in it!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,294 ✭✭✭YellowFeather

    Cream crackers and jam. I was so broke one week that I only ate cream crackers and jam which were free from the work kitchen. The whole week.

    Strangely enough, I have rekindled my relationship with cream crackers, but I can’t look at jam in the eye ever since.

  • Registered Users Posts: 23,973 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    Never broke per say but when I went to live and work in France before I got my pay sorted out I’d eat a lot of pasta, I’m a bit of a pastaholic anyway... they sold huge bags of fresh Fusilli or spaghetti for nothing and I’d just make a sauce with tomato, mushrooms, pepper and Pecorino cheese..

  • Registered Users Posts: 32,634 ✭✭✭✭Graces7

    On my own a chicken lasted several days... add in cold on Monday to your list ,,

    As a pensioner I am skilled in food economy. Always factor in a small treat eg two squares of chocolate.