Save money cooking: 3 meals for under $5

Who said you need to spend a fortune to enjoy a good meal? Here are 3 meal ideas you can make for under 5 bucks.

Being on a tight budget is no fun, but there are a lot of ways in which you can make it less noticeable. And cooking is one way. Here are some tips on creating dinner recipes on a budget:

1)    Find the sales. Before heading to the store, look at your store webpage to see what’s on sale and plan meals with those ingredients.
2)    Swap ingredients. If you want to make a recipe with broccoli, but broccoli is not on sale and cauliflower is, swap one ingredient for the other to save money.
3)    Make a list. It is very important to go to the store knowing in advance what you need to buy. This way, you avoid getting tempted.
4)    Buy in-season fruits and veggies. They cost a lot more if they’re out of season.
5)    Buy in bulk, if possible. If you usually eat a lot of rice, instead of buying a regular size package every time you need, buy in bulk. 

Here are 3 recipes that you can make for less than $5. All these recipes are family-friendly, delicious and easy to make!

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Ground beef cabbage stir fry

1 pound ground beef 
1 (9-ounce) package raw coleslaw 
2 scallions, thinly sliced 
1 tablespoon peeled freshly grated ginger
2 tablespoons soy sauce 
1 tablespoon sriracha 
optional black sesame seeds


Prepare Sauce: Stir soy sauce and sriracha together with spoon in small mixing bowl until smooth. Set aside. 
Cook Beef & Cabbage: Cook ground beef in a large pan over medium-high heat until browned and crumbled, breaking up meat with a stiff utensil, about 5 minutes. Leaving beef and fat in pan, stir in coleslaw mix until cabbage is wilted and tender, about 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low. Stir in prepared sauce (soy sauce and sriracha) and ginger until well-mixed, about 1 minute. Turn off heat. Stir in sliced scallions, and optionally garnish with sesame seeds. Serve while hot.

Parsley parmesan pasta


16-ounce box of rotini pasta
1 bunch parsley
1/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1/2 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 cup parmesan cheese


Cook your pasta according to the box in salted water. Drain, put back in pot and set aside.

Cut the bottom of the stems off the parsley about 2 inches from the bottom, too much parsley stems and it might taste too bitter. Keep top section of parsley and put in food processor. Add broth, olive oil and lemon juice to food processor and pulse until creamy. Pour parsley sauce on top of pasta.  Add parmesan cheese and a sprinkle of salt for taste.  Stir until cheese is melted and pasta is coated in the parsley sauce. Enjoy!



1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp sweet paprika (mostly used for color, skip if you don't have any on hand)
1 213 ml tomato sauce (not pasta sauce, but a small can of tomato sauce)
3 cups (750 ml) vegetable or chicken broth
1.5 cups (approx. 250 gr) alphabet pasta
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, cheddar cheese, or plain yogurt

Whisk together kosher salt, onion powder, garlic powder, sweet paprika, tomato sauce, and broth in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. 
Add alphabet pasta, reduce to medium-low and simmer for 6-8 minutes (or until pasta is al dente). Remove and add cheese or yogurt. Stir to combine and then serve.

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