10 Dirt Cheap Poverty Meals That Taste Like a Million Bucks

Rice and Beans: A classic staple that's filling and nutritious. Season with garlic, cumin, and chili for a flavorful twist.

Pasta Aglio e Olio: Simply garlic, olive oil, and chili flakes tossed with spaghetti. It's a cheap Italian classic that's quick and delicious.

Vegetable Stir-Fry: Use whatever veggies you have on hand, add some soy sauce, ginger, and garlic for a simple but tasty meal over rice.

Lentil Soup: Lentils are incredibly affordable and make for a hearty soup. Add carrots, onions, and spices for a comforting dish.

Baked Potatoes: A baked potato can be a satisfying meal with the right toppings. Think cheese, sour cream, or even leftover chili.

Chickpea Salad: Canned chickpeas, diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and a simple vinaigrette can make a refreshing and filling salad.

Egg Fried Rice: A great way to use leftover rice. Sauté with eggs, peas, and a bit of soy sauce for a quick meal.

Pancakes: A budget-friendly comfort food. Serve with whatever toppings you have, sweet or savory.

Homemade Pizza: Use a simple dough recipe and top with whatever cheese and toppings you have on hand. Even a plain cheese pizza can be a delight.

Frittata: Eggs mixed with any vegetables, cheese, or meats you have can make a filling meal. It's a great way to use up leftovers.

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