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Cooking on the cheap shouldn't mean minute rice and buttered pasta every night. With a little creativity and a little planning, Gabriella Paiella shows us how to make the most of a tight budget -- without sacrificing flavor or variety. 

Today: DIY hangover cures for the mornings when you just can't bear to leave the house. 

We all have our nights.

Subsequently, we all have hangovers the next day. It's not worth trying to figure out what caused it: It may have been your over-eager sampling of your own infused booze, your fourth whiskey sour of the night, or excessive Spring Break celebrations

At this point, you're only focused on how to feel better -- ideally without exposing yourself to the outside world. Instead of dragging yourself out of your house and spending more money (a lose-lose, and, besides, you're in no shape to be at brunch right now), nourish yourself during a hangover with foods that require minimal effort to prepare. (The catch: You'll need to at least have bread, eggs, and milk in your kitchen, so always be prepared.)

Make one of the recipes below, then lay in bed moaning and watching Netflix until the late afternoon, just as it was meant to be.

Breakfast Burritos 

You won't want to follow a recipe, so go ahead and internalize how to make any burrito in five steps. The next time you've had a rough night, you can stumble straight out of bed and go to town on your fridge leftovers -- swap scrambled eggs in place of the rice. If you're a vegan lush, use scrambled tofu and tempeh bacon instead.

Fried Egg Sandwiches 

Nothing beats a sublime breakfast sandwich after a long night out. Start with a perfectly fried egg (we won't fault you if it's a little less than perfect this morning), then stick it between whatever bread product you have in the house. If you're feeling ambitious, pair it with cheddar and greens or serve it open-faced with tomatoes and garlic


If I had telekinetic powers, I would waste them away by getting bagels sent directly to my bed. The next best thing is to make a batch of bagels one ambitious weekend day and keep them in your freezer for emergencies. 

French Toast

If you often get the sweetest thing on the menu during brunch, this French toast is a perfect option for a hard morning. Pancakes and baked goods require far too much effort, but French toast can be prepared almost instantly. 

A Bloody Mary

Sometimes the only cure is a fresh drink

Tell us: What are you favorite homemade foods to help with a hangover?

Tags: my broke kitchen, hangover cures

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Comments (18)


4 months ago MARY D

I completely concur.....a bagel post-hangover is pure perfection!


4 months ago Soleil

You forgot poutine!!!!!!!!!!!!! The ultimate hangover food. WTH is wrong with you? You obviously havent been hungover enough!!! :)))))


4 months ago Meryll



over 1 year ago kim

These all look like winners but Nick's biscuits and gravy ? I bow to you , sir.


over 1 year ago Adrienne Matte

A Canadian Spicey Caesar, which is a cocktail similar to the Bloody Mary. Only it's very spicey and contains the magical ingredient of clam juice! It's so popular in Canada, you can buy "Clamato" juice in any grocery corner store. I'm always surprised its popularity never went south of the board. I think people are put off by the sound of clam juice....aside from being delicious, this is the best hangover cure.


over 1 year ago colby

As a college student I do not have much extra cash. I can't wait to try some of these DIY hangover cures instead of always going out to satisfy my cravings for something amazing when I wake up with a hangover! Bloody Mary's and bagels always help but I am looking forward to trying the breakfast burrito and fried egg sandwich this week!

Colby Tyler


over 1 year ago Brette Warshaw

Confession: I weirdly crave really spicy stir fried cabbage whenever I'm hungover


over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

I crave comfort food like creamy polenta with crispy bacon and chopped fresh roma tomatoes with a healthy dose of shaved parmigiano reggiano cheese... is this weird?


over 1 year ago sew719

chilaquiles!!!!! something very satisfying about ripping up tortillas and flinging them in a pan with a hangover, then adding some salsa, a couple eggs, cheese, and avocado/sour cream/cilantro/refried beans depending on my ambition and the severity.


over 1 year ago Nick Kenny

We make biscuits & gravy - layered (from the top) thusly:
Diced Green Onion
Shredded Cheese
Fried Egg
Sauteed spinach and mushrooms
Bacon Gravy


over 1 year ago aargersi

Abbie is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Breakfast tacos which down here = any combo of eggs, refried beans, chorizo, bacon, potato, avocado, add cheese, jalapenos and hot sauce. VERY LARGE iced tea. Dunk in the pool. Walla - all better!


over 1 year ago Marian Bull

I wish I'd had all of this information three days ago.


over 1 year ago laurenlocally

Lauren is Food52's VP of Sales.



over 1 year ago cucina di mammina

good one... :)


over 1 year ago Catherine Lamb

I'm behind you on the bagels 100%. I also swear by disco fries for breakfast.


over 1 year ago Kenzi Wilbur

Kenzi is the Managing Editor of Food52.

YUP. Just yes to all of this.


over 1 year ago ZombieCupcake

Oatmeal with a banana and walnuts or for a mild handover huevos rancheros while wearing sunglasses so the waitress can't see the damage from the night before.


over 1 year ago ZombieCupcake

Oops x the huevos didn't read that completely :)