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    Possible to avoid processed carbohydrates on $5 per day?

    So some stuff went wrong and I need to do the equivalent of eating ramen for a week. What's the healthiest way to do this? If you had just $5 per day to feed an average-sized guy, without sugar or processed carbs, how would you do it?

    (Just as a reference, I already eat really clean and have a food budget of about $18 per day)

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    Potatoes. With each meal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eKatherine View Post
    Potatoes. With each meal.
    +1

    I have no idea what prices things are where you are, but you should be able to get a 10kg bag of potatoes fairly cheaply, and best of all, they can be cooked so many different ways:
    boiled - whole (blah, but good when you have meat in the meal)
    boiled - mashed
    baked - whole
    baked - jacket wedges
    baked - in milk
    roasted
    refried (boiled previously, then fried in wedges or slices)
    casserole (the same way you would use carrots)

    I'd also hit the eggs and butter pretty hard, along with other vegetables like onions and carrots, and spices to flavour.

    I have no idea what things cost in your country, but assuming a $35 budget, in my country (NZ) the prices would work out roughly as:
    30 eggs $5 (caged eggs. we actually by free range ones for $15)
    0.5kg beef mince $5
    1kg Butter $6
    10kg potatoes $8
    2kg onions $3
    2kg carrots $2
    3 tins of tomatoes (440g ea) $2
    2 broccoli $2
    garlic $2
    Last edited by magicmerl; 04-21-2013 at 06:04 PM.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
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    Quote Originally Posted by magicmerl View Post
    baked - jacket wedges
    Is that another name for accordion potatoes? Definitely my favorite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by picklepete View Post
    Is that another name for accordion potatoes? Definitely my favorite.
    I had to google your accordians, but no. Jacket Wedges are potato segments cut into eights the same way you would break a mandarin into 8 segments. Then you marinade them in garlic/olive oil/basil/salt/tamari for a couple of hours, then bake them in the oven.
    Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

    Griff's cholesterol primer
    5,000 Cal Fat <> 5,000 Cal Carbs
    Winterbike: What I eat every day is what other people eat to treat themselves.
    TQP: I find for me that nutrition is much more important than what I do in the gym.
    bloodorchid is always right

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    Quote Originally Posted by magicmerl View Post
    I had to google your accordians, but no. Jacket Wedges are potato segments cut into eights the same way you would break a mandarin into 8 segments. Then you marinade them in garlic/olive oil/basil/salt/tamari for a couple of hours, then bake them in the oven.
    Ah, I make those but I never tried the long marinade. You make a strong case!

    Accordion is my default since I love salt and vinegar creeping into every crevice.

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    Lots of eggs and frozen broccoli or cauliflower.

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    Lean ground beef. Not ideal, but gets you through temporary tough spots. (I speak from experience.)

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    Do you have a costco or a sam's club nearby? You can get six cans of chicken breast for about five dollars. Add some fat (butter, olive oil, whatever) and some veggies and you've got six lunches or dinners.

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