10 People Shared Their Favorite "Poor Man's Meal

Rice and Beans: A staple in many cultures, it's nutritious and can be flavored in countless ways with spices, herbs, and vegetables.

Pasta with Garlic and Olive Oil: This Italian classic, known as "Aglio e Olio," is simple yet flavorful, made with just pasta, garlic, olive oil, and maybe a sprinkle of chili flakes or cheese.

Lentil Soup: Lentils are cheap, filling, and full of protein. A hearty lentil soup can be made with just lentils, vegetables, and some spices.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Just bread and cheese, grilled to melty perfection. It’s comforting and can be paired with tomato soup for a classic combination.

Egg Fried Rice: Using leftover rice, eggs, and whatever veggies are on hand, this dish is a quick, nutritious meal that's very cost-effective.

Potato Soup: Potatoes are inexpensive and filling. A creamy potato soup can be made with just a few ingredients like onion, milk, and butter.

Oatmeal: Not just for breakfast, oatmeal is filling and can be sweetened with just about anything - from a spoonful of sugar to ripe bananas.

Vegetable Stir-Fry with Rice: Using whatever vegetables are cheapest or on hand, a stir-fry over rice is a simple, healthy, and quick meal.

Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce: A can of tomatoes, some garlic, and spaghetti can create a fulfilling meal. Herbs like basil or oregano add extra flavor.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich: A timeless classic, it’s cheap and requires no cooking, yet it’s satisfying and somewhat nutritious.

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