So the economy is crashing and burning, and with oil pushing $150 a barrel, it’s unlikely that food prices will drop, or even plateau, anytime soon. Most people are struggling to get by (link via What to Eat), and food banks are struggling to keep up with demand as hunger increases among the working poor.
As you might expect, the food media is following suit by publishing lots of money-saving tips. We’re encouraged to pack our lunches, stop buying prepared foods, eat legumes instead of meat and use coupons wisely– good ideas all. Our grandparents survived the Depression, and our generation has a lot to learn from them.
But what do you eat when you’re really, really broke? When you’re down to the change in your couch cushions, what’s for dinner? Is Taco Bell the only option?
Well, readers, my dear husband and I are card-carrying members of the Working Poor, and we faced this question very regularly in college and then during some lean years trying to survive in New York City. Since Joe in particular is a master at making something from nothing, we’ve amassed some lovely food-emergency recipes to share with you. Well… lovely might be pushing it, but they’ll get you through the day. Here are our top five day-before-payday meals. Read the rest of this entry »