Foodbuzz Proposal: Submit a Budget Lunch!


Upon reading recent great postings by budget-limited ladies like Sugarbar and GirlJapan introducing appetizing recipes and including stunning pics, I felt that in these times of poor economy and reduced budgets it could be a good idea to share experience in preparing meals without emptying your purse. After all, cakes and superlative dinners at renown restaurants are great, but we still have to eat balanced food at the best value everyday!

This is where I would like to propose the Foodbuzz gurus to open another section on their “Submit” window, namely “Submit a Budget Lunch”!

As an example to illustrate the above request, here is what The Missus came up with for lunch yesterday (full pic above):


The salad was made with chopped greens, boiled green and mauve (they turn violet upon boiling, but recover their original colour when sprinkled with dressing) all bought at the local supermarket and grown locally.


The rice bowl. I had two helpings.


The Missus steamed rice with home-stewed azuki beans and violet sweet potatoes. Upon steaming it, she took the konbu/seaweed piece out, chopped it fine and mixed it back with the rice. She served it in a bowl sprinkled with white sesame seeds.
Until now, this could have become a lunch for vegans or vegetarians!


The main dish. I had two helpings, too!


The whole lot was stewed in the “oden” fashion providing for great hot soup! It contained daikon, konnyaku (devil’s tongue tuber), ito (vermicelli) konnyaku, bacon-cabbage rolls, cabbage-sausage rolls (the rolls are home-made, not frozen) and “buta bara niku/large chunks of pork”.

Cheap, fulfilling and healthy!

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10 thoughts on “Foodbuzz Proposal: Submit a Budget Lunch!”

  1. Great website! I love chicken , onions, with scrambled egg on rice (donburi). This is one of my favorite dishes to make at home because I typically have all the ingredients. Would donburi be considered budget cooking?


  2. ACK! i thought that was sekihan..mmmm. but violet potatoes are just amazing. i used to be hooked to this cause my gramma would cook them in a sweet ginger soup that turned purple. i mean what kid wouldn’t go nuts for that?? 🙂
    anyway thanks for mentioned my blog. merci beaucoup! i’m utterly flattered. indeed i do try to cook on a student budget since i ain’t got the parents paying for my groceries. So yea, I’m totally up for that idea. And definitely do one on booze. I’m all in for that – that’s my Great Britain drinking spirit shining through.



    1. Dear Diva!
      I’m past the age to flatter people!
      Your blog is great. Full stop.
      As for your granma, she must have ben a hell of a wise lady!
      Keep it up!


  3. Tonight for supper/dinner we are having greek pork burgers and salad – feeding the two of us for less than a fiver. I shall endeavour to photograph!

    Have a good … wait is your weekend finished now?


  4. I love the whole budget lunch idea! Budget breakfast and dinner too! I have lots of regular recipes, but we are back eating vegetarian/vegan depending on my mood.
    I’ve got a great recipe for a spinach salad with a fantastic smoky vinaigrette dressing. I tend to cook without officially measuring, so I’ll post my recipe sometime this weekend, while I force myself to slow down and actually measure things out. I’ll include some pictures. It’s high in flavor and flexible if you are preparing a meal for 2 or 20. Great idea!

    I’m really new here to foodbuzz, but so far I’m enjoying being here!


    1. Dear Friend!
      Thank you so much for your comments!
      I must point out I’m a foodbuzzmember like you, not a member of the Foodbuzz Team!
      The old geezer i am sometimes feel he has to put his ideas into concrete words!
      Make sure to notify me when you write your posting!


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