i have the ectomorph body type and would need about 3000-4000 calories daily to gain some weight. not usually a problem since i can eat that much daily easily, however money becomes an issue and i usually revert back to 2000-3000 calories daily after a week or two since i can't stand spending so much money on food. how can i get a high calorie balanced diet (carbs, protien, veggies, dairy) with minimal fat and minimal cost? i also want some variety, eating the same or similar foods daily would get me tired of it quickly. for carbs i figure it will be pasta or rice, but i am really open to suggestions. suggesting some different types of sauces to put on the pasta or rice would help too. how about for other foods? suggested meal plans would help too.