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First, maybe try a back carry in the sling?
Then, find a book called "The Quick Recipe" by the editors of Cooks Illustrated. One of my favorite series' of books!...anything that Cooks Illustrated has put out has been great so far!
Anyway, you're right, beans and grains are cheap. Meat is cheap if you buy it at the right time of year, and on sale (so, for the coming year, pay attention! You can get turkeys cheap at thanksgiving to christmas, hams cheap at easter, lamb too, you can check out your local farms (ask around at the farmer's market and somebody'll know) about who sells cows, and split one with another family or two or three or four...it's waaaaay cheap that way! Pork, too.)
Farmer's market is less expensive than buying organic at the grocery store. Conventional is even less expensive. If you're looking at being in a sqeaky tight budget, look into which fruits and veggies you'd MOST benefit from buying organic and try to stick to THEM, and buy the rest conventional for a while...
If you have space, GO BUY YOURSELF some SEEDS! and plant a veggie garden! Check out the square foot gardening book from the library, and a book called something like "how to grow more veggies than you can imagine in less space than you thought possible..." and you'll learn how to grow lots in a minimum of space. Growing stuff can be a LOT of work, but it can be easy, too, and when you look at the cost of seeds as opposed to the cost of the number of veggies it'll grow...you get the point.
check out the "How do you figure out how to meal plan" thread, too. It has a lot of great ideas!
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