I’m going to go against the grain, but only a bit.
If you are bulking, you might be able to consider it a carb source. It wouldn’t be low GI, but it may be cheap and quick. I think you may find they have a lot of salt or other junk you don’t want though.
Maybe if you dropped an egg into the soup you’d get some protein?
However, the big daddy of cheap foods is going to be huge ass bags of oats, dried beans, rice or something like that. The bigger problem is really finding quality protein to go with that stuff.[/quote]
I think I agree with where you’re going. If you’re a skinny bastard who’s not eating very clean and is lean already, eating $.50 or a buck’s worth of ramen a day isn’t going to kill you and will help you bulk compared to not eating enough. The only thing I’d say is add a spoonful or two of wheat bran for every packet of ramen. Wheat bran is only about $2 a box. And you can add frozen vegetables, a pound of frozen vegetables is regularly under a buck, some of the canned is even cheaper and there’s always shit on sale.
Also, don’t cook 'em until their soggy and limp. Just cook 'em until you can get a fork through the “brick” of noodles and have them a little chewy.