I rediscovered a really cool website this morning: Hillbillyhousewife.com
It is full of plain down-home good sense/cents, money saving menus and lookit, folks, the $45.00 menu (complete pantry for a family of 4, family of six modifications brings it up to a whopping $51.00) looks remarkably (almost) lenten. I'll fess up and admit that it's more lenten than anything ever seen around here, that's for sure.
Now, I'm wondering how this would modify for health issues, etc. but I'm thinking it's time to have another stab at eating legumes. As time goes by, my hypoglycemia is improving along with the general improvements in my fibro and much that at one time I attributed to hypoglycemia MIGHT have been reactions to peanuts (might, maybe, some not all). I just have to experiment and find out...perhaps the hard way.
Anyways, anyone interested in seriously cheap eats, I recommend this site. Not only does she provide menu plans, but also shopping lists, and daily food prep chores (what to do when) to keep the kitchen fires humming. Scratch cooking does take some advance planning, but not as much workywork as one might guess.
This morning I got up and made coffee cake. Only half the family ate it, though. and that's the REAL TRICK with any menu, now isn't it?