Well, here's the scoop guys. I'm a student and legislative Intern with the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. Hooray for that, because the career opportunities are immense. Here's the problem; It's unpaid. To make a long story short, after rent, metro passes, and tuition payments, I have $880 to live on until April. I've been buying Progresso beef stew/canned chili on sale at target, and packets of instant rice, also at Target, and these items generally run under $2 each. I'll eat oatmeal and have a tall glass of whole milk at breakfast, which means I'm spending under $5 a day on food. Unfortunately I'm still not consuming enough calories, and i don't believe that this diet is very healthy either. To make things even harder, I have no stove or oven in my apartment, only a microwave, sink, and small refrigerator.
I've been looking at buying black beans/pinto beans in bulk, but I feel like it would be a serious hassle to cook, because all online recipes call for 35 minutes or longer cook time in the microwave, not to mention 8 to 10 hours soaking. I'm also considering buying potatoes, but iI'm unsure of how i would store them, or how easily i could cook them in the microwave.
I'm interested in hearing any ideas about how to make this work. I'm trying to plan a diet that will meet basic nutrition requirements, provide me with 3 meals a day, and cost less than $6 per day, without the use of an oven or stovetop.
I appreciate the help, and I'm really hoping that i can plan a healthy and filling diet.
Brian I think you might have misunderstood me, I meant that i have a much greater appetite when i run, so I've stopped running and weight training to reduce the amount of food I'm taking in, not the other way around!Although that would be terribly convenient...
You'd be surprised, the cafe's and cafeterias for employees here in D.C. don't really have any lunch offers under $6. Thanks for the cookbook referral!
Get a girlfriend who loves to plan meals and cook.
That is what I did.
Sounds like you are already doing everything you can, but you didn't mention PB.
It is a miracle food, can be eaten out of the jar, on anything you can imagine from ice cream to fruit, even heated in the microwave to make a sort of sauce for pasta.
You can also buy it in bulk, a plus.
What is your height and weight and activity level?
I'm asking because I wonder if 2K Cal is what you need.
milk, bananas, tuna, rice