A meal comes 3 times per day. Each meal is like a fresh canvas to paint a new masterpiece on.
I say this from experience. In college, I wanted something creative to do, but I couldn’t afford the materials. I was broke, however, everyone needs to eat. So I started learning how to make better and better things. I’ve continued the practice for my life since.
One of the best parts about it is that a meal generally takes 30 minutes to an hour to make. That is a project from start to finish. Whether it was good or bad, it’s time to start on the next one at the next meal time.
This contrasts with something like painting where a picture could take hours and hours. Or with sculpting, wood carving, etc. These outlets are both larger commitments, require their own tools, and require additional materials to be put in your budget. While you can sell these items to pay for more materials, cooking is nice in that you need to buy the materials to survive anyway.
If you want to foster a bit more creativity in yourself, consider learning to cook. It can be healthier too.