My tip for you is to look around your area for local markets or stands that may sell food items at a discount either because they are local, or because it's overstock items, or close to its sell buy date.
Today's menu consists of some whole grain bread, and a bowl of lentil stew with greens and veges.
The recipe for my throw together lentils is as follows:
1 lb. lentils, any kind
Boil in water until tender.
Add choice of veges and greens. Today we have 2 small bunches of kale, and a package of frozen okra.
I added half a tablespoon or so of vegetable bouillon, then salt, onion powder and garlic powder to taste. Cook until veges are just tender.
We served ours with whole grain bread on the side.
What are your favorite cheap but healthy meals?