When the temperature plummets and the winds are howling outside these are my "winter staples".
Dried Beans / Lentils / Split Peas
Whole Wheat Pita
Rye Wasa Crisp Breads
London Broil Beef Steak
Lemons / Limes
Frozen Peas / Green Beans
Tinned Crushed Tomatoes
Dried Herbs: Parsley / Basil / Thyme / Rosemary / Oregano / Hot Pepper Flakes / Cinnamon / Cloves
Believe it or not, these few simple ingredients - when combined imaginatively and with love - provide excellent fuel, comfort, and their share of entertainment. It's a terrific feeling to eat like a king and spend less than $2/lb. on average for food. It is possible!
In fact, the simplicity of this diet is a big health boon too. What I DON'T eat has kept me healthy, limber, and arthritis-free. No alcohol, no cheese / butter / yogurt, no sugar - except a drop of honey here and there.
Boring? Not really. Once you have your priorities straight - nutritious food, lowest price, tender cooking - it's amazing what you can cook up.