Simplicity doesn't seem to mean the same thing to everyone. One person will tell me that simplicity to them is cooking from scratch. Another will say its making all your own clothing. Another will say it's raising chickens and living on a farm. To me, it means not wasting anything, fixing things until they can no longer be fixed, reusing wood and anthing else you can recycle, buying second hand as much as possible, growing your own veggies, not having to dress up (grin), enjoying each day as much as possible. When times are hard, you learn how to be simple pretty quickly. I've gone on a diet and wondered how on earth I can eat the things I have to eat and still afford to make food my husband can work on. It took a couple of weeks of panic, but I figured it out. There are cheap little packages of meats in the store $2 and under that I could use to fix his meals with. Beans, rice, noodles, pasta, tortillias, potatoes, and his meals are pretty much taken care of. One of his favorites I make is cooked dry beans (blackeyed peas or black beans)mixed with sour cream to moisten, chopped cilantro, and rolled in a large tortillia then fried until golden and crispy on the outside. Taste good warm or cold. Anybody else want to add some cheap recipes?