The best way to eat on a budget is to think of ingredients that serve a double purpose. For instance, I bought a head of cabbage knowing full well that I'd use half for one meal and the other for...haluski!
I first got into haluski when I saw Guy Fieri talking about it on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. It looked super easy and pretty good. You can see my original recipe-ish thing here. However, haluski is so damn simple that you really don't need a recipe. Just follow these steps.
1. Boil some pasta. Drain. Set aside.
2. Add oil to a skillet.
3. Add onions, garlic, vegan bacon*, cabbage, and kale.
4. Add a small bit of water or broth to steam and soften the cabbage.
5. Mix in pasta until heated through. Add salt and pepper.
|there is waaay more cabbage than this picture reveals|
hickory liquid smoke
What I Bought (price based on amount used):
pasta-$0.39 (bulk bin, baby!)
TOTAL MEAL PRICE (Serves 4): $2.04 or $0.51 each!
*I never actually use store bought vegan bacon. I usually flavor seitan with a little soy and liquid smoke. I also highly recommend the bacon crumbles from 500 Vegan Recipes.
Also, kale is not really traditional in haluski. I like the added punch of color. Plus, having an orgy of cruciferous vegetables really makes this a bowl of farts. So, so vegan.