Throughout history the pricing of food has escalated and decreased. During the high prices, food shortages and difficult periods cheap meals returned. The price shouldn’t be the object of a meal.  It’s actually the taste.  As prices rise, the cheap meals and their accompanying recipes are beginning to appear.  The point of the meals is that they be nutritious and taste good.  For example, if you can’t afford a protein such as chicken, why not make rice pilaf?  It’s affordable and the chicken broth provides some protein.  Vegetables can be your gateway to inexpensive meals yet high in nutrition. For example, eggplant has .82 grams per cup.  If you grill them and then bake with tomato sauce with an inexpensive cheese such as mozzarella, along with a medley of other vegetables you have a delightful meal at an affordable price.  Frozen peas have always topped the list.  They are eight grams for one cup.  Pasta meals can provide easy meals at a cheap meals price. A simple penne with a light homemade white sauce and peas can be quite filling. Spinach pies, homemade of course,  are another great option. The initial cost of filo dough is a little high, but the ingredients including spinach, onions, herbs and feta cheese may also seem pricey, but you can easily make a 9″ x 13″ pan or 22.86 cm x 33.02 cm to feed a few people.  You can serve it and then put the individual remaining slices in your freezer.  When most people think of cheap meals they think of hamburg, hot dogs, beans or plain rice. You can be creative and still maintain your budget.  In the Good Gus series all food was fresh from the surrounding farms and ranches.  It’s a great read for the child in your life on Kindle, Nook and Waterstones.  “Misplaced Trust” can help with these unpredictable summer days at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino. To anyone reading this blog today, one of my loyal fans’ sister passed yesterday.  Our hearts go out to her and her family.