I have been voraciously reading the comments about a chef who lived on a foodstamp budget, and am appalled at the lack of human decency that trolls..err some of the people commenting have. For me, the takeaway is the many people feel a sense of despair about their location and trying to afford real food.
I want to offer a plan of action.
This plan is a way to start building a pantry of healthy food. It won't happen all at once, but it gets you off to a good start, where you will be able to find and prepare simple, wholesome foods. When you have nutrition coursing through your body, you will have the energy to take the next step..and the next. Although you might not have more than a few dollars a week to devote to a food budget, there is a way to make it work. Let's get started.
Build A Pantry With $5.00
If you have a 5 dollar bill for food, buy a bag of rice and a bag of dried beans. The two of these things cooked together, make a complete protein that will fill you up and satisfy your body. Add salt/pepper/ketchup/soy sauce/hot sauce, any condiment you have.
Do you have a dollar and some change left over? Buy some plain flour. You may only get a small bag, but buy it and place it in your pantry.
Still have some change? Buy some margarine. It is not your final destination, you will eventually have butter and oils in the pantry, but a small tub of margarine (some convenience stores sell by the stick), will add satisfying flavor to your food.
So with your $5.00, buy rice, beans, flour and margarine. Sound impossible? Look for the smallest size package you can find. If nothing else, the rice and beans first.
Next, let's look at what to do if you don't have a full kitchen (in some cases, NO kitchen at all). How do you cook?