Help me gain weight in a healthy/cheap manner
January 2, 2012 7:33 AM Subscribe
Please help me in my goal, which is to gain weight in a healthy way, and to do so as cheaply as possible.
posted by anonymous to food & drink (24 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I am a 30ish male who is starting to exercise strenuously and I need to gain weight. I am thin because I have a high metabolism; in addition, though, I simply don’t often have a huge appetite and I tend not to make large meals for myself. I don’t like to eat out if I can help it (expensive and unhealthy). I usually eat what is around the house and snack throughout the day (work from home). I don’t eat a lot of sweets and I don’t want to start. I’m okay with eating fatty foods if that is healthy for me.
So here is where I need help: I’d like to eat more calories throughout the day with the goal of gaining weight, but I’d like to do so with two caveats in mind: I want the food I eat to be (reasonably) healthy and (definitely) cheap. This mostly rules out things like cookies, ice cream, bags of potato chips and other classic snack foods for being too unhealthy, and it also mostly rules out things like nuts, fish, organic meats, exotic fruits, and cheese for being too expensive. On top of that, I am allergic to avocados and peanuts (but not other kinds of nuts).
My question is: what are some foods or recipes that include cheap ingredients that I could eat in large amounts, with the intention of gaining weight? Bonus points for recipes that either produce large amounts of food that I can save as leftovers, or that are easy and quick to make. Thanks for any and all suggestions.