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5 Meals You Can Make for under $5

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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

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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.

Frittata

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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

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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

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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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