Funny you bring this up, just yesterday I was reading those "dollar store diet" blogs because I find them very interesting and like to see how different dollar stores vary. Example - some carry fresh produce, daiy, and fridge and freezer items. Our local ones do not. Anyhow, some of those blogs are great... a lot of character put in it and laughter throughout all the ups and downs of the dollar store diet hunts.
I don't shop the dollar store much for food items. Occasionally I might score some imported olives, marinated peppers, pepperocini, sea salt and Mexican spices. I see my local one has started to carry dry pinto and black beans and also brown rice. Then there is your usual fair of processed stuff in bags, boxes, cans and jars... This is our local Dollar Tree. I find my baragins elsewhere and am leary about some dollar store food minus a few things listed above which are rare for me to buy there but every now and then I will treat a jar or two of those olives or peppers for handy purposes.
Anyhow, if I had to make a menu for 3 meals in a day of strictly dollar store food to serve from my local Dollar Tree I would end up with something like this:
Breakfast --- Oatmeal - rolled oats if I was lucky ... mixed with raisins and pineapple chunks in 100 percent pineapple juice
Lunch --- Garbonzo, kidney and no-salt green bean salad with sunflower seeds and Italian dry herbs/olive oil drizzle
Dinner --- Brown rice topped with roasted red peppers and a side of ... slow cooker pinto or black beans with mexican dried chiles and cumin spice... If they had dried garlic or onions I would include those too
That would be my best bet at keeping things whole grain, high fiber and vegetarian protein balanced. Would really hate to ever have to serve any meal without fresh fruit or veggies and honestly not sure if I could feel content doing this,,, would love to see our local dollar stores offering them for folks. I get most of my produce at the farmer's market and grow my own and am very blessed to have this access.
"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." ~Chinese Proverb~