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If you're near a Trader Joes, we have much to discuss. Are you?

In general, I'm a big fan of rice or pasta and fresh steamed brocolli with some black pepper or garlic&salt seasoning. That's about a $.75 meal dinner for me. Also, grilled tomato sandwiches are pretty kick-ass. then there's the whole ramen thing, which can be spiced up in a number of ways, such as the easy/cheap stir-fry sauce or packets found in the chinese food aisle.

I'm sure you'll get at least a few recommendations... there's already a couple of threads, I think, about this...
 

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Oh man... Okay... TJs... pasta isn't always the cheapest there, but their sauce is really good stuff for 1.99/jar. A few frozen items are really good there. They have two (i think) vegetarian burritos. One is low-fat. 1.99 for 2, I think. I like them, but they need some sauce (I use the free "fire border sauce" from taco bell). They have a couple of frozen dishes - Nasi Garam (i think that's the name - the Nasi part anyways) is pretty good. There's one or two others in bags. The "bowls" in the frozen section aren't as cost-efficient but still not expensive and they're more portable. Their dairy tends to be good - they have a great fat- and carb-free cheese. "Great" for being fat-free, of course. It goes well in lo-fat grilled cheeseys.

Some good snacks that aren't too expensive - big ol' bag of popcorn for $1.19. lots of soynuts and wasabi peas and stuff like that. Their produce section is usually a bit rough compared to the faster-rotation supermarkets, but I usually pick up bananas there - $.19 each.

That's all I can think of off the top... Take a look around the TJs though - there's some good stuff at decent prices there. If you like granola and haven't have Nature's Path Hemp-Plus Granola, you simply MUST try it asap.
 

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Brown rice and veggies!!!!! I ate that forever. Even did it quick with frozen cut up veggies, oil and garlic and herbs, or soy sauce.... whichever I had about.

Or.... veggies of choice and seitan sauteed with some soy sauce and put in a whole wheat pita! Or some hollowed out italian bread type stuff... Its good.
 

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Beans are cheap, filling, and yummy. Plus there are so many different kinds. You can make bean salads, eat 'em plain, put 'em in pasta or rice or bread, do anything.

Also, oatmeal's pretty inexpensive if you buy it in the big container. And Peanut Butter! It's good with jelly, banana, apple, and lots of other things.

Everyone else suggested rice so I won't (Besides, I hate rice ><)
 
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