I've lived my adult life in a strange position—I love food, and in particular I love novel, surprising dishes, but I've had very little money, and not much time either. As a result, I've learned and developed a number of recipes that can be made quickly and cheaply but are delicious and very different from the usual quick and cheap fare you get in the U.S. I'm sharing them here in the hope that you can benefit if you're in a similar position.
I consider a "perfect recipe" to be:
Of course, this is a high bar to clear, and most of the recipes I post will only come close to this. I've included a simple 5-star rating system so you can tell at a glance how accessible a certain recipe is—they'll always be delicious (otherwise what's the point :p ). Here's a quick guide:
Expensive, very time-consuming, requiring very difficult-to-acquire specialty ingredients, or needing a high level of skill.
Relatively pricey on the whole, requiring a long time to make,, or needing hart-to-hunt-down ingredients.
Needing an unusual piece of kitchen equipment, requiring a single expensive ingredient, taking practice to prepare.
Taking a slight hit in one category (maybe it requires going to an import grocery, or takes some time to prepare, but otherwise has everything covered).
Cheap, quick, requiring only everyday ingredients, preparable with nonperishables, super-easy.
I'll use half-stars if a recipe lies in the middle—for instance, ★★★★½ might mean a recipe that would be ★★★★★ but requires a fresh vegetable or two.
I hope these recipes help you have good experiences with food!