Is it possible to eat cheap and healthy without cooking?

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Do you have any kitchen appliances: microwave, toaster, or mini fridge? If you do a search for “hotel” or “dorm” on this sub, you’ll see some good posts on cooking with minimal supplies. Canned beans are a good staple as they don’t need to be heated or anything. I like mixing them with chopped fresh vegetables.


Buy a rice cooker. Changed my life. You can steam veggies in the tray up top while you cook your rice in the bottom. They’re about $20 in the US, or you could probably find one a lot cheaper in a thrift store. All you have to do is press a button and it times the cooking for you, and then changes itself to the keep warm function. You can do so much with rice, even if you’re not a great cook! You can use leftover rice with an egg and some veggies to make fried rice in your pan. As a matter of fact, if you don’t mind used stuff, send me a message with your address. I have a ton of kitchen stuff sitting around in boxes that I will send you, if you want it. My house is clean, i don’t smoke or have pets, my stuff isn’t gross I promise lol. I used to be poor, and now I have plenty and am willing to share. Edit: I’ll even include detailed recipes with how to cook really simple, healthy cheap meals.


Check the local thrift shops for a slow cooker or pressure cooker. That’s how we survived until we got our microwave and a new stove.


With a microwave you can make “baked” potatoes covered in canned baked beans or canned chill. You can eat hummus and veggies with no cooking. You can microwave or cold soak oat bran, which can be sweet or savory. Telling us what part of the world you live in and any dietary goals or restrictions can help us give you more specific advice


Not sure why no one’s saying this but if you’re poor you need to learn how to cook. Food that doesn’t require any cooking won’t get you far and cooking great tasting meals from cheap ingredients is easy. There are a million youtube tutorials on how to cook everything. Buy a bag of rice, frozen veggies, soy sauce, and some meat. Buy the best canned tomatoes you can afford and stock up on pasta. You don’t need to live on nuts and canned vegetables.