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5 Meals You Can Make for under $5


Cooking at home isn’t just better for your health – it’s also great for your wallet. But instead of resorting to the same recipes over and over again, make things interesting by trying out these 5 recipes at $5 or less.

Margherita French Bread Pizzas


This French bread has turned itself into a delectable personal pizza with a dollop of tomato sauce, basil, garlic, and mozzarella.

A loaf of French bread should only cost you about two bucks. (Tip: almost every day, grocery stores will discount breads up to 60% if they have reached or passed their “sell by” date. Be on the look-out for this deal, and you could get a loaf of French bread for as little as 80 cents!)

With the cheese, sauce, and other ingredients in this budget-friendly recipe, you’ll be at or near five bucks. Click here for the recipe.




This basic frittata is an Italian egg-dish that makes good use of whatever ingredients you have in your refrigerator. The frittata has many variations – all vegetable, chopped meat, seafood, or even a combination. Check out the recipe here.

Spaghetti with Olive Oil, Garlic, and Chili Flakes


With only a few ingredients, this creative rendition on spaghetti will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a Sicilian kitchen. The combination of garlic, extra-virgin olive oil and chili pepper flakes will cost you less than $5! Here’s the recipe.

Eggs Baked in Avocado

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If you’re in need of some extra omega-3s, look no further. This simple and inexpensive power breakfast is filled with fiber and protein. All you need is: Avocado, fresh eggs, and your favorite spices! For cooking directions, click here.

Tuna Cakes


One of the most flavorful (and expensive) dishes I’ve ever had is Tuna Tartare. So you can imagine that I was extremely happy to come across this Tuna Cake recipe for just $5. While it’s not the same as Tartare, it’s fairly similar, and you’ll likely have the ingredients on hand. This recipe incorporates tuna, Dijon mustard, fresh parsley – and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Click here for the directions.

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