I'm trying to shrink my food budget to under $100/mo, without giving up good food. Think about that: eating (garbage) at the cafeteria at work or fast food places, buying tons of sodas, etc. Cut that out. Now what you have is expensive meat, excess cooking, pre-packaged crap that costs too much, etc.
For breakfast I can have pancakes, french toast, or a bagel with two eggs and sausage or bacon or ham for around $1-$1.50 depending on what I cook. Lunch is about $1.45-$1.75 worth of sushi:
You'd be surprised how far 3.5oz in volume of dry rice goes (and about $2 worth of fish):
Dinner can be had for 2 nights with a $1.75 box of Stovetop, a $4 cornish hen (with some spices), and a $5 bag of Spinach sauteed in a tablespoon or two of expensive ($18/lb) high-quality farm-fresh butter. Though that bag of spinach lasts a week, so the nigthly load is about $3.50.
So that's what, $6.50-ish a day to eat? $195/mo, in theory; somehow the numbers are always off and I can get away with that stuff in like $150-ish.
I've been thinking of adding dry beans to my diet--I have Great Northern, Navy, Red Kidney, Pinto, Garbanzo/Chickpeas, Black Turtle, and Black Eyed Peas. These are way cheap and I'm sure I can make plenty, but my first attempt at black bean soup was fail.
I want to cut down on the time too, so maybe batch things up? Stews, soups, things I can store for a week or so. I'm not against rolling lunch meat sandwiches into lunch from time to time, too; and I'm always for good Japanese dishes like やきとり (yaki-tori ... fried chicken). I've been known to go Scandanavian and make a lunch of 3-4 types of cheese and bread as well, but that's actually pretty costly.