After reading through several of these articles and recipes, it seems to me that our eating habits have changed. With a plentiful food supply, we think nothing of exchanging our money for feta cheese, tomatoes out of season, expensive nuts and seeds and so on. The world is our grocery store and we partake, hardly thinking that our bodies are products of our local environment.
I love good food, don't get me wrong. I grew up on beans and potatoes, wild greens and homemade cottage cheese and I grew up healthy... so here's my take on cheap meals. Cut the imported food, the exotic and the plain old expensive. Of course you love them, who doesn't? If you save them for a treat or a special meal, you'll enjoy them even more.
Too much of anything makes us unappreciative, like a child in a room full of toys. Abundance is one thing, overabundance is something else. An ice cream now and then is good for the soul and even if you're on a diet, you can indulge as a special treat. If you eat ice cream every day or whenever the thought strikes you, it becomes less of a soul experience and more of an ordinary food.
Who wants ordinary?