There's a reason Leanne Brown's Good and Cheap
was a runaway hit on the global crowd-funding site Kickstarter
: the guide, which is free on Brown's website
, explains how to make unbelievably delicious meals on a tight budget. Its unfussy recipes go way beyond predictable casseroles and stir-fries (think creamy fettuccine with zucchini; Filipino chicken adobo), with vegetables as the stars of most dishes—and not just because they're good for you and for the planet. Ounce for ounce, they can be very economical, especially when you buy them in season. Although the best buys change every few months, you can often find the lowest prices
on cauliflower, cabbage, carrots (whole, not baby), onions, celery and sweet potatoes. Fruits, too, are key to any weekly shopping run; on average, watermelon, bananas, oranges, pears, honeydew and plums are least expensive.