Just had a look through the "budget recipes" section.....just wondering what sort of criteria you used for "budget".....neither plantains nor artichokes, nor some of the cheeses you mention are what i'd call "budget" where I am. Pasta yes, beans yes, some veggies yes.
Gotta say, not what I was expecting.
hi, im_nomad: depending on where you live, seasonality, and accessibility to ethnic markets, ingredients like plantains or artichokes can actually be quite affordable. this is a list of recipes that don't scrimp on taste but provide a lot of bang (in terms of flavor and servings) for the buck. for example, the artichoke pesto is made with canned artichokes and makes 4 to 6 servings of pasta.