Definitely lentils and beans! Lentil soup and bean chili are cheap and tasty and can last for several meals.
I make lentil tamale pie that's really cheap and tasty, too. I use this recipe for lentil taco filling
, add extra finely diced veggies (carrots, celery, and corn are favorites), and put it on top of cooked polenta. I put cheese on it and bake til the cheese melts, but if your DH can't have dairy, you'll probably want to skip that part.
Do any of your neighbors have fruit trees with extra fruit? We've been picking apples, oranges, lemons, and limes from neighbors trees (with permission of course) and you could easily save quite a bit on that.
Canned salmon is pretty inexpensive. Here's a yummy salmon cake recipe:
Moroccan Salmon Cakes with Garlic Mayonnaise
Serves 4 (2 cakes each)
1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used plain fat free yogurt instead)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/2 cup couscous
2/3 cup orange juice
1 (14.75 ounce) can red salmon, drained
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach - thawed, drained and squeezed dry
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
In a small stainless steel or glass bowl, stir together mayonnaise, garlic, and paprika. Set aside.
Prepare couscous according to package directions using the 2/3 cup of orange juice in place of water.
In a mixing bowl, combine the cooked couscous, red salmon, drained spinach, egg yolks, garlic, cumin, black pepper, and salt. Form into 8 patties. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil and fry patties until golden brown turning once, about 8 to 10 minutes. Serve with garlic mayonnaise.
Egg Curry is another staple cheap meal at our house, and really yummy.
2 large onions, sliced thin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T olive oil
1 t. ground turmeric
1 t. ground ginger
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. paprika
1 1/2 t. ground coriander
1/2 t. salt
1 t. Garam masala
1 1/2 c. diced tomatoes (fresh or canned)
6 hard boiled eggs
Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil. Add spices and fry together for 1-2 minutes. Add tomatoes, cover and simmer until thick, about 20 minutes. Add 6 hard cooked eggs, cut in half. Simmer five minutes. Serve with brown rice or bulgur.