4 Healthy Dinners Under $5
Sure, we'd all love to be able to take our families out to a gourmet dinner night after night. The truth is, in these tough financial times, cutting corners is paramount. But fear not. Just because you're streamlining costs doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste—or your waist.
The following four recipes can all be prepared for less than $5 a serving. When calculating the costs of these five dinners, only the prices of the main ingredients were included. The costs of seasonings, like salt, pepper, and oregano, were not.
Pork Medallions With Rosemary and Mushrooms
Why settle for boring ol' pork chops when you can enjoy this flavorsome fare for well under five bucks?
Boneless pork loin chops $0.99/serving Garlic $0.20/serving
Fresh rosemary $1.11/serving
Dry sherry $0.24/serving
Total: $3.76/serving Get the recipe.
Who said you can't eat hearty and healthy? This low-fat take on a family favorite won't take its toll on your heart, hips, or your pocket.
Seasoned bread crumbs $0.11/serving
Fresh parsley $0.11/serving
Fresh basil $0.27/serving
Lasagna noodles $0.29/serving
Tomato paste $0.08/serving
Green bell pepper $0.07/serving
Grated reduced-fat parmesan cheese $0.62/serving
Total: $3.48/serving Get the recipe.
Chicken Dinner in a Pot
One-pot dishes are convenient and easy. This one is also cheap and low in calories.
Sun dried tomatoes $0.71/serving
Celery rib $0.24/serving
Roasting chicken $1.40/serving
Total: $3.91/serving Get the recipe.
At just under $5, this dinner is a great way to beef up your meal while keeping you skinny.
Sirloin steak $2.62/serving
Broccoli florets $0.49/serving
Soy Sauce $0.30/serving
Beef gravy $1.09/serving
Total: $4.90/serving Get the recipe.
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mid-Atlantic Information Office. Average retail food and energy prices, U.S. city average and Midwest region. http://www.bls.gov/ro3/apmw.htm
USDA. National Fruit and Vegetable Retail Report. Advertised Prices for Fruits & Vegetables at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets 05/19 to 05/31. http://www.ams.usda.gov/mnreports/fvwretail.pdf
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