Saving money with "ethnic" cuisines
The so-called "Standard American Diet", or SAD, has become common in many Western countries, but because meat is very central to SAD it can get expensive in inflationary times. Many Americans are used to putting a big chunk of meat in the middle of the plate and then adding some vegetable "sides" around it.
Vegetarian dished can be good and will usually be cheaper, but many of us really love the taste and texture of meat.
I've found that cuisines from other cultures, especially Mexican, Chinese, and Vietnamese, do a good job of using small amounts of meat to flavor a mostly-vegetarian dish. My ma po tofu is amazingly delicious, and is based on a lot of tofu flavored by a small amount of well-cooked ground pork.
Has anyone else hear found some tasty dishes that are cheap to make despite rising food inflation?
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