Eating on a budget doesn’t have to leave you confined to mostly processed food, nor does it have to be a chore. If you stick to a few “commandments” of budget eating, you can build a foundation from which eating well and cheaply will follow easily. Luckily you’ve got a world of food bloggers to help you out. Here is The Huffington Post’s list of the top 3 best food blogs for eating on a budget:
#1. Budget Bytes is one of the great ones. It’s so great, in fact, it’s been turned into a cookbook, which, among many recipes, features a great guide for stocking your kitchen — perhaps the most crucial step of committing to cooking on a budget. Once you’re prepared, it’ll be easy to follow awesome recipes, like Budget Byte’s Parsley Salad With Almonds And Apricots or Easy Sesame Chicken. In addition to a “kitchen basics” guide, Budget Bytes also has a very comprehensive list of principles for eating well on a budget, which explains strategies like “shopping wisely” and the “freezer is your friend.” We love this blog because it not only has excellent recipes with great photos, but it’s also very methodological. Every recipe includes the price of each ingredient, the price of the recipe as a whole and the price per serving. It’s hard to do much better than that.
#2. Broke Ass Gourmet‘s been around since 2009, for good reason. The recipes are exciting but accessible, and they’re all under $20. It’s also another blog-turned-cookbook. With collections like “5 Cheap And Easy Ways To Cook Chicken Legs” and individual recipes like Sweet Potato Nachos, Homemade English Muffins andBangkok Style Deviled Eggs, BrokeAss Gourmet’s recipes run the gamut. It also features a good amount of Jewish-inspired recipes, like Honey Whole-Wheat Challah and Salted Matzo Crack. If you’re looking for something special and want to keep it under $20, BrokeAss Gourmet is your one stop shop.
#3. Cathy Erway started her blog Not Eating Out In New York after “going AWOL from eating restaurant, take-out, or street stand food throughout the five boroughs of New York City” from 2006 to 2008. Her blog, which turned into her book, “The Art of Eating In,” features recipes that she thinks are worth skipping the NYC restaurant scene and eating in for. In other words, they’re pretty darn good. Recipes like Grilled Steak “Shoulder Bites” with Chimichurri and Roasted Eggplant “Salsa” and Curried Carrot Soup with Red Lentils strike a good balance between sophisticated and homey. Erway lists the cost of all ingredients as well as the total price of the recipe. She also rates her recipes based on health and environmental costs. On top of offering all of these guidelines for her recipes, Erway also shares inspirational reasons for not eating out, beyond just budgeting. For example, reason 52 is that you can better enjoy the seasons by cooking at home. She knows her urban audience needs consistent reminders to stay in and cook when it’s too easy to just eat out.