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    Cheap, high calorie, healthy meal?

    Does anybody know of any cheap (under $3 per meal), high calorie and healthy meals that can be prepared at home?

    Preferably looking for over 600 calories per meal, thanks for any and all replies.
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    Carbs are pretty cheap. A serving of oats is like 33 cents. Get a can of tuna for protein for 99 cents (30 prot, 120 cal). Have oats for carbs. Eggs are cheap for more protein and healthy fat. But for 600 cal under 3 dollars don't expect it all to taste good together haha. Maybe stick to sandwiches.
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    Originally Posted by tatherton23 View Post
    Carbs are pretty cheap. A serving of oats is like 33 cents. Get a can of tuna for protein for 99 cents (30 prot, 120 cal). Have oats for carbs. Eggs are cheap for more protein and healthy fat. But for 600 cal under 3 dollars don't expect it all to taste good together haha. Maybe stick to sandwiches.
    Dishes that are mainly based on carbs are pretty cheap (pasta, rice, potatoes, beans, noodles), add flavor (tomato paste, soy sauce, herbs, condiments ect) and a cheap source of protein (regular mince beef, tuna, chicken thigh ect). Be creative.
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    Originally Posted by tatherton23 View Post
    Carbs are pretty cheap. A serving of oats is like 33 cents. Get a can of tuna for protein for 99 cents (30 prot, 120 cal). Have oats for carbs. Eggs are cheap for more protein and healthy fat. But for 600 cal under 3 dollars don't expect it all to taste good together haha. Maybe stick to sandwiches.
    That sounds healthy, but I was hoping for it to taste relatively good as a meal, Eggs, oats and tuna don't seem like a good combination for that, lol.

    You got any more tastier options?
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    Originally Posted by tatherton23 View Post
    Carbs are pretty cheap. A serving of oats is like 33 cents.
    Wow your oats are expensive - mine are $0.79 for 750g (30g serving) so $0.03 a serving roughly
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    Not sure if you can get these in the UK, but I personally love cans of Creamed Rice. $1.70 for a can (NZ dollars, so convert) and it's ~500 calories. Tastes amazing too (imo). Quick to eat and you don't have to cook it (can microwave it if you prefer though)

    May argue if it's "healthy" but really it's just sugar, rice and milk whatever (to make it creamy). High in carbs.
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    Ramen noodles, 4 for a dollar. last I checked they are like 380 cals for 1 of the squares.
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    box of pasta $1 = 1600 cals
    336 carbs/8g of fat/58 protein

    good deal.
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    Originally Posted by eazzy View Post
    box of pasta $1 = 1600 cals
    336 carbs/8g of fat/58 protein

    good deal.
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    Originally Posted by DaBubzy View Post
    Ramen noodles, 4 for a dollar. last I checked they are like 380 cals for 1 of the squares.
    Ramen are ridiculously high in saturated fats and sodium (the soup powder), and this coming from a guy living in Korea. Having said that, I do like really spicy ramen after a few bottles of soju, but that happens once every few months. Much better choices out there.

    OP, the casserole idea presented is a good one, combine carb of choice, protein of choice, complementary sauce/ spice/ veg, and bake it. Makes several meals, easy to re-serve at your convenience.
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    Originally Posted by Ajaro View Post
    eggs?

    lulz this.. One giant omelette. Cheese, onion & greek yogurt on top. Cost a lot more than $3 but it's totally worth it


    Oh & some bacon
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    Originally Posted by PhiSig2298 View Post
    lulz this.. One giant omelette. Cheese, onion & greek yogurt on top. Cost a lot more than $3 but it's totally worth it


    Oh & some bacon
    haha yeah, thats the awesome way to go. But like a carton of eggs is 2 bucks here. Cook it in some butter and you're solid
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