"Cheap and cheerful" is a phrase I picked up while traveling in northern England, used to refer to a quick, inexpensive and tasty meal. I immediately pocked the phrase, loving the connotation that cheap meals don't have to be depressingly awful (i.e., most fast food and frozen dinners).
One chicken, three ways -- with a bonus at the end.
One of my favorite cheap and cheerful methods of cooking at home is to buy a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store and stretch it into three meals that can easily feed two people. The roasted birds are typically between $5 and $7 each, depending on your local supermarket, and easily pair up with fresh produce and healthy side items that are equally inexpensive.
Here's how I make one rotisserie chicken feed two people for breakfast, lunch and dinner: