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    Quote Originally Posted by Limes View Post
    I highly recommend getting an instant pot in addition to a slow cooker. Some of the youtube videos are really good. For example, the methods of cooking whole chickens are realy good, they can be a lot like real rotisserie chicken and it just falls off the bone (dryness is the enemy of meal prep chicken)

    I've noticed, somewhat by accident, that my local supermarket tends to cut price all of its meats in the late afternoon/evening of Fridays, so when I get home from whatever flight I've been on and get to the surpermarket in the early hours, I'm finding all these great meat and fish deals that would work perfectly for budget eaters, equipped with slow and pressure cookers (I highly recommend the instant pot programmable pressure cooker)

    Slow cook that chuck beef until it falls apart!
    I use mine to make lazy ass french dips and italian pork sandwiches. Way easier than using a stove top pressure cooker.


    There are some great tips online for using salt as a tenderizer too, where, when applied properly, you can't tell the difference between expensive steak and cheap "chuck".
    e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RWJEOScToE


    Have you actually had an expensive steak? Drybrining is a great technique but it's not magic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz View Post
    I use mine to make lazy ass french dips and italian pork sandwiches. Way easier than using a stove top pressure cooker.
    French dips and pulled pork...at the glory hole.


    Have you actually had an expensive steak? Drybrining is a great technique but it's not magic.
    I've been to Morton's a few times, but the best steak I ever had was Argentinian steak at a Barbecue in Florida, that simply had some light salt (not dry rub) sprinkled on it during cooking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Limes View Post
    French dips and pulled pork...at the glory hole.
    See you there.



    I've been to Morton's a few times, but the best steak I ever had was Argentinian steak at a Barbecue in Florida, that simply had some light salt (not dry rub) sprinkled on it during cooking.
    Argentinian steak is dope. Almost makes up for Argentinians.

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    I buy about ten pounds of chicken breast at a time at Winco, and I dice it all up and portion it into 8 oz baggies, date them and put them in the freezer. It takes about 30 minutes. I eat one bag each day, so when I pull one from the fridge I replace it with one from the freezer. I cook it with a can of beans and 8 oz of frozen veggies, all in the same pan. Sometimes I do potatoes instead of beans, then I have to dice and boil the potatoes. I season it with tony chachere creole seasoning. The total cost is around $2, it's healthy and filling and tastes better than most food I get from restaurants, if only because I cook things the right amount of time and get to eat it right when it's ready and steaming.

    Before bed I slice up four apples and have those with a pint of fat-free cottage cheese. Fuji apples are delicious and they satisfy the munchies I get from my night-time sleepy pill, and I can eat more than a pound of them for under 300 calories.

    Between the above and my morning peanoats (less than 20 cents per 100 gram serving) I estimate that I'm feeding myself on less than $5 per day. I am dieting right now and averaging around 2300 calories per day, so when I start trying to gain weight again I can expect that to go up by a few dollars. That said, I think I've got the "quick, healthy eating on a budget" down pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz View Post
    Argentinian steak is dope. Almost makes up for Argentinians.
    It's so good, that if you asked: Black, Crippled, Mexican, or Argentinian?
    -I'd probably go with Argentinean.

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    The Russian place where I got my broccoli yesterday sells huge bunches that make about 6 servings. I freeze three of them in the same dish. They're dry enough that I can pop out one at a time when they're frozen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fitz View Post
    Argentinian steak is dope. Almost makes up for Argentinians.
    Quote Originally Posted by Limes View Post
    It's so good, that if you asked: Black, Crippled, Mexican, or Argentinian?
    -I'd probably go with Argentinean.
    You guys should watch "Asado" on Netflix.

    Edit: Todo sobre el asado
    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    Heh. We've been here years now.

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    Ingredients:

    Chicken breast or petite sirloin
    rice or potato
    spinach

    Cook chicken or sirloin on skillet. Microwave potato/ boil minute rice. Take spinach out fridge.

    Assemble on plate and eat hot with desired condiments.

    under 5 dollars. 15 minutes. I eat this every night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makers!* View Post
    Ingredients:

    Chicken breast or petite sirloin
    rice or potato
    spinach

    Cook chicken or sirloin on skillet. Microwave potato/ boil minute rice. Take spinach out fridge.

    Assemble on plate and eat hot with desired condiments.

    under 5 dollars. 15 minutes. I eat this every night.
    I love spinach but I never know what the hell to do with it besides eat it boiled. There has to be a mid-point between eating it boiled and making spinach pie (or something else that's complicated like that).
    Quote Originally Posted by Hephaestus View Post
    Heh. We've been here years now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madrigal View Post
    I love spinach but I never know what the hell to do with it besides eat it boiled. There has to be a mid-point between eating it boiled and making spinach pie (or something else that's complicated like that).
    creamed spinach is easy and fast and I guess healthy if you hate yourself.

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