MD/PhD student Jake Young at Pure Pedantry came up with a great idea and is collecting recipes for cheap, grad student/med student meals. (We of Eastern European heritage love a kid who suggests an inventive application of kielbasa.).
The submissions in the comment thread remind me that our food supply system is so screwed up that the most nutritious foods are the most expensive. When one is living on a student stipend, paying your own way, or , more seriously, if you are one of millions of US citizens living in abject poverty, one usually purchases the most calories per dollar. In our country, that usually means something high in saturated fat, high-fructose corn syrup, or both. Healthy food is expensive food.
So, take the challenge and go over to Jake’s to submit one of your favorite recipes for something that is both inexpensive and healthy. It’s not as easy as it might seem.