The powers that be may not realize we’re facing a depression, but the people know. Millennials from around the country commiserate with the rising food costs, making it impossible to enjoy their favorite meals.
Instead, they rely on what they call “Depression meals,” which are cheap, easy ways to feed yourself when you don’t have a lot of money.
Here are their favorite cheap meal creations.
Quesadilla Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
With bread rising in price, some millennials swap the classic grilled cheese with a cheese quesadilla and use the cheapest tomato soup available.
You know there’s a problem when pizza costs too much. Some folks are putting tomato sauce and cheese on toasted white bread.
The media claims avocado toast is keeping millennials poor when, in fact, it’s keeping them fed. You can get avocados for a buck at the store. Putting half an avocado on a slice of toast offers a filling breakfast for just a few bucks.
Microwave a potato for a few minutes, then add some cheese for a cheap, tasty way to fill your belly.
If you can’t afford meat, add steak spice to your pasta to give it extra flavor.
Rice and Eggs
Add one egg to your rice for flavor and extra protein. This cheap meal provides the carbs you need to get through the day.
Salami and Cheese
Pre-packaged salami is still reasonably cheap. If you buy a big jar of cream cheese, you can fill up on rolled meat and cheese snacks.
Get a mix of dried beans and throw it in an Instapot with water for a filling meal that doesn’t cost much money.
You can put almost anything in a frittata. Millennials are choosing cheap, seasonal vegetables like onions and zucchini.
It’s too expensive to make sandwiches with meat, so Millennials are filling up on sandwiches with cheaper vegetables like carrots and lettuce.
Canned Chicken and Rice
Canned meats, like chicken and tuna, are far cheaper than their fresh alternatives. Many millennials pour them over rice for a complete meal of carbs and protein.
Chicken Broth and Crackers
When the regular soup is too expensive, Millennials only eat the broth. It has enough flavor to make them feel better about eating a meal of crackers.
Rice and Beans
Millennials aren’t opposed to the staples previous generations survived on. A simple meal of rice and beans is hearty and delicious.
Lentils are one of the cheapest proteins around. Boiled lentils with a pinch of spice keep many Millennials bellies full.
Crock Pot Meals
Making bean soups, chilis, and stews in bulk reduces the price, making every meal just a tiny bit cheaper. Good thing it’s crock pot season!
People are masters at spicing up cheap ramen noodles. They’ll add veggies, eggs, spices, and all sorts of things to make the cheap meal more filling.
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