Cue visions of Ramen noodles and ketchup on pasta.
Not so, says Linda Watson, whose 2007 experiment to see how well a person can eat on $1 a meal has turned into a food revolution called, simply, Cook for Good.
The concept is simple: Instead of spending your dollar on the most calories you can get (a common, foolhardy supposition of those buying food on a shoestring budget), you maximize your nutrition. Mrs. Watson swears that after the first day of this brave new diet, she never felt like she was starving herself or missing out on anything. Check out a sample Cook for Good winter menu: