There are a lot of recipes in the recipe forum that don't cost a lot of money to make. Beans are cheap (especially if you buy the dried ones). It is true that the cookbooks have some expensive things but you don't have to eat that way to stay on South Beach. I will admit that fresh, frozen and canned produce and fruit is more expensive than processed food but it is also a lot healthier.
Check out the taco bake recipe. It doesn't costs alot. And there are ways to save money. While I normally buy the 93% lean ground beef, it can be cheaper to buy a higher fat content meat and just rinse it after you brown it.
You really don't have a lot of weight to lose but this is a very healthy way of eating and my 9 year old loves most of the recipes. Watch for sales and you can catch whole wheat pasta and breads on sale. Cut coupons. While South Beach looks for white meat chicken, you might find it worth the cost savings to eat dark meat but make sure you remove all the fat and skin. Or watch for chicken tenders or breasts that are on sale. Chili is healthy and cheap. And since you can cook it in a crockpot it is an easy meal for a busy mom to make.
Barbara - Started South Beach 5/22/4
HW/SW/CW/GW - Jan start 169 goal of 2