one goes out to all the single guys who do their own cooking.
Everyone knows that eating is all well and good, taking delicious
food and pounding it back is easy. But, I myself am not a very
patient cook. I, like most guys in my situation, like to be
able to eat when I'm hunger and no later. I also just moved
into an apartment and don't have a job. Therefore money isn't
something I can burn on good food. Therefore a budget of $10
a week for food is not unreasonable anymore. Here's how to manage:
breakfast, lunch and supper are all the same meal, breakfast
cereal works fine any time of the day. Throw away any notion
of a three course meal, from now on, it's the same one course
meal for an entire week (or longer if necessary).
Pick up some bulk noodles (whatever shapes make you happy).
Get a few jars of your favorite pasta sauce. Cook the noodles
and add the sauce! Your done, that's it! This savory dish
is considered a delicacy among many. Here's a tip: make about
10 times as much as you can eat, then have leftovers for the
Noodles soup packages are an integral part of most poor university
students diet (myself included). This is acceptable for any
occasion and it's only pennies a meal. If you eat 3 packs
a day at 50 cents a package, your day's food total comes up
to a mere $1.50. I personally recommend these spicy Mr. Noodles
if you can take the heat. In a rush? Don't even worry about
cooking the noodles, your stomach doesn't know the difference
Just a quick warning: More than two steps are required
to make this. So, you may only want to attempt this if you're
an aspiring cook (like myself). Try adding some of your favorite
brew into the final mix for an added taste. In fact this idea
works great for many foods. Out of breakfast cereal? In place
of the cereal, use the cold noodles and add milk. You'll be
happy you did!
Basically, if it's food, comes from a can, and is cheap, it
makes a great meal. A splendid example is your classic pork
and beans. Take them anywhere for a quick meal! Now, I know
many of you are on the run and therefore, need to eat as you
move. What I like to do on those running-late type mornings
is open a can of chili-beans before I leave for school. I
grab a fork and eat half during the drive there. Once at school,
I stick in the cup holder. For all you trying this, by the
time you get back, you'll be extremely hungry and very thankful
for the other half of the can. Plus if it's warm outside,
you're beans will also be (slightly) warm. However since things
aren't too warm here in Canada, I eat them somewhat frozen
As you might already know, soup is one of my personal favorites.
I usually buy those cans that you add water to. Now, if your
telling me: "Hey I don't even know how to use the stove,
how do I make soup!?" No problem, instead of adding cold
water, add hot water, then it's already somewhat hot and you're
good to go! More hungry than expected? Just crush up an entire
package of crackers and stir them in. This makes the soup
into a more filling stew. Then for desert, save some uncrushed
crackers and eat those.
In a pinch? Can't find food? Spent all your cash on beer?
Chances are if this situation hasn't happened to you yet,
it eventually will. I have a simple solution: Just soak some
cardboard in hot water and add salt and pepper. You can even
cut them into crackers-like squares. Perfect for when you're
finished that bulk box of corn flakes and are wondering what
to do with the leftover cardboard. No part of the box should
go to waste. I personally have not tried this, so let me know
how it goes. Doctors warning: eating cardboard can cause
loss of dignity.
Now I can hear you saying: How can you eat meat and still
spend only $1.50 a day? Just remember, hot-dogs aren't expensive,
nor are they meat! Having a hot-dog is a great break from
eating cardboard and/or related products (i.e. construction
paper or plywood). Plus, they great for serving guests. Since
no one wants to eat out of my soggy, cracker-stew bowl (except
me), I just pop a few hot-dogs in the microwave and crack
open some drinks, everyone will love you. I recommend the
above "Party Pack Hot-Dogs" simply because it has
been proven that each dog is a party waiting to happen! Hot-dog
buns are nice, but not necessary. Any sort of bread-related
product should be sufficient (just remember: cardboard is
NOT a bread). So you're telling me: "Hey, my apartment
doesn't have air conditioning and gets really hot sometimes",
that's OK! Eat them frozen for a refreshing treat on those
hot summer days. Tastes like hot-dog flavored popsicles!
The above is the 5 pound freezer lasagna I warmed up yesterday.
Here's your tip: Learn to live with a "less dignified
palette". If you learn to put up with crappy food, good
food is just that much better plus your immune system is in
a constant state of alert and can better fight off diseases.
Don't worry if your food is too old, if your cheese is moldy
or if your chips are soggy, these all can be a part of your.
of eating "crappy soup", eat the French version
"potage de merde" it sounds nicer and you can easily
convince yourself and others that it's good.
Your Food Sucks?
No problem, just keep plenty of your favorite brew around
the apartment. This is key, no matter how poor your meal just
tasted, no matter how expired that food was, washing it down
with something cold makes everything great. This is the only
case where I don't recommend you go cheap. Get the stuff you
like, you'll be happy you did. And remember, no bachelor pad
is complete without a plentiful supply of cold ones.