I found these tips on frugalcooking.com, and they are a lot of what I try to do in creating inexpensive meals and to stay under $200 every month with my food budget, so I thought I'd share them with you.
#1- Choose less expensive meats, such as whole chicken and whole pork tenderloin
#2- Add grains and legumes to stretch out a meal
#3- Go vegetarian a few times a week
#4- Stick with simpler recipes and avoid buying expensive spices you won't use again
#5- Cut down on food waste by freezing and cooking leftovers into new recipes