There are many inexpensive foods that have won the hearts of many foodies. From peanut butter and jelly to ramen, these dishes are often associated with being "poor people food." However, there are many reasons why even the wealthy would still continue to eat these dishes.
Bread and Butter
A popular favorite among users was bread and butter. Simple, but a great snack or even a light meal for some couldn’t be beaten! One user stated: “This is also my choice for a "last meal". Whether you choose to toast your bread of choice to make toast or eat it without any heat at all, this simple and inexpensive food item was at the top of the list for a reason.
Rice and Beans
Rice and beans are rich in fiber and a great pantry staple meal to have ingredients for at any time. An easy and vegetarian or vegan recipe, this is both a filling and inexpensive meal to make. One can of beans and a few cups of rice can last for days, making this a great cheap meal that anyone can get behind.
One user commented: "Middle class me absolutely loves rice and beans, that plus you pan fry some sausage slices and put it in there and you have culinary perfection right there, greatest food on earth"
Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese
The way the price of cheese has been lately, cheese alone might feel like a wealthy person’s food at this point. However, you can find plenty of prepared cheeses for cheap if you stick with a store brand. One user even said: “I argue that processed cheese melts a hell of a lot better than all of the otherwise superior cheeses.”
While ramen has been compared to everything from prison food to just basic, this is a staple most people don’t want to have to live without. A Redditor commented: "Proper Japanese ramen is probably one of the best dishes in the world in my opinion."
You can dress up your ramen by adding fresh ingredients, getting a fancier version, or even going to an Asian or exotic market to get better quality ramen than the stores have. One user even said: “If you do it correctly, it'll be damn near like restaurant-quality ramen.”
Buttered noodles are a classic “poor person meal,” but you can easily dress these up to make them fancy on a budget! Adding a hint of grated parmesan cheese or garlic powder and salt can make your buttered noodles feel fancy even without spending a lot of money.
The classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich makes even the wealthiest people’s top list of go-to foods. One user even joked: “Then you can afford the fanciest PB&Js, the almighty Uncrustables.” While many have already elevated their PB&Js by making them on ciabatta bread, many users felt that the best sandwiches were made on classic white bread.
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