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Almond Cake 84¢ per serving
Almond Cake
(5.0)
Inspired by artist Claude Monet’s favorite confection, this cake is subtle in taste, redolent of almond, and a dash of liqueur adds a complementary note. No need to say more—except that if you’ve eaten healthy and saved all week by cooking with us Five Dollar Foodies, here’s a treat.
Almond-Vanilla Granola 83¢ per serving
Almond-Vanilla Granola
(5.0)
Granola usually costs a mini-fortune. We can't figure out why since it's made of pretty basic ingredients. Plus, commercial granola often is loaded with sugar... too sweet for our delicate foodie palates! Try this healthful homemade version instead. It's simple to put together and really economical, especially if you buy the ingredients in bulk. Al ... read more
Apple Berry Crisp 74¢ per serving
Apple Berry Crisp
(5.0)
Tart apples and colorful berries, cinnamon-scented and topped with hearty and healthful oats—it's the best breakfast imaginable in cool weather. We crave it often. It's so easy to make variations on this family favorite, too, depending what's in season or on sale: apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, any type of berries, and even pomegranate se ... read more
Asparagus and Eggs with Creamy Lemon Sauce 96¢ per serving
Asparagus and Eggs with Creamy Lemon Sauce
A springtime treat, bright-green asparagus spears are topped with pan-poached eggs. The creamy mayo-mustard-lemon sauce brings it all together. The sauce, a Dijonnaise with citrus, is ridiculously easy to make, and our "pan-poaching" method proves more dependable than traditional poaching. Savor as a light lunch or brunch. It will give you that "I' ... read more
Asparagus with Bowtie Pasta $1.04 per serving
Asparagus with Bowtie Pasta
(4.0)
The day that all the beautiful dark green asparagus hits the market, it is spring. On Sunday, a day for pasta, this recipe draws us into a reverie of a warm afternoon in May in the Italian part of southern Switzerland, near Lake Lugano. A blackboard outside a stately-looking restaurant on the town square announces the featured dish, bowtie pasta wi ... read more
Bacon-Scallion Quesadillas 92¢ per serving
Bacon-Scallion Quesadillas
(5.0)
This simple, zesty dish relies on tortillas to make the budget work. It’s filling and quick to prepare. The tortilla is an excellent, economical staple, but ordinary quesadillas become more interesting with the addition of crispy bacon and scallion. Top with sour cream and fresh salsa for a foodie treat.
Best Summertime Pasta with Fresh Tomato, Basil, and Garlic $1.29 per serving
Best Summertime Pasta with Fresh Tomato, Basil, and Garlic
This wins the vote among the Foodie Chefs for all-time best late summer eating, and it's truly fun to make. You set it up in a few minutes—no cooking—and come back later to boil pasta, toss the sauce and pasta together with shredded cheese, and mm-mmm! The ripest tomatoes you can get your hands on go into a bowl along with fresh basil, garlic, and ... read more
Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Fritters with Creamy Dipping Sauce $1.20 per serving
Black Bean, Corn, and Zucchini Fritters with Creamy Dipping Sauce
(4.5)
These savory pancakes are a great way to enjoy many different vegetables and create a satisfying and healthful meal. We started with zucchini, beans, and corn, the revered "three sisters" of Iroquois tradition, and gave it a Southwestern point of view with black beans and cilantro. Sauteéd onion adds a sweetness that complements the texture of the ... read more
Blackberry-Lemon Muffins 39¢ per serving
Blackberry-Lemon Muffins
(4.8)
These homemade treats are not only easy to make, they are delicious, much healthier and, of course, cheaper (at just 39¢ per muffin) than store-bought ones. We used fresh blackberries, but raspberries or blueberries work great, too, depending on what is in season (or you can use frozen berries). These are a big hit with all of us for breakfast, and ... read more
Blueberry-Nutmeg Whole Wheat Pancakes 91¢ per serving
Blueberry-Nutmeg Whole Wheat Pancakes
We love pancakes for a lazy weekend breakfast. This version is extra flavorful—and healthful—with whole wheat flour, fresh berries, nutmeg, and a rich maple butter syrup to top it all off. Enjoy these on their own or with a side of bacon on a weekend morning. If you have extra, set some aside for a quick weekday bite.
Brie Panini with Fresh Pear and Red Fruit Jam $1.40 per serving
Brie Panini with Fresh Pear and Red Fruit Jam
(4.5)
A luscious combination of creamy cheese and slightly crisp pear slices grilled in a pan makes for a marvelous lunch. The red fruit jam (strawberry or raspberry will do) adds a touch of sweetness that complements the rich notes in the brie. A fancy foodie treat for a great price!
Brunswick Stew 91¢ per serving
Brunswick Stew
(5.0)
Corn, tomatoes, and lima beans simmered with chicken make for comfort food at its best. This colorful yellow, green, and tomato-red stew invites everyone to gather around and serve themselves from the pot. It works equally well with fresh or frozen vegetables. For plain or fancy occasions, our family has made this farmhouse favorite almost forever ... read more
Butternut Squash and Kale Risotto $1.95 per serving
Butternut Squash and Kale Risotto
(5.0)
This classic Italian rice is made with some of our favorite winter vegetables: butternut squash and kale. Roasting the squash in the oven (while the risotto cooks) brings out its sweetness, which complements the rich flavors of the greens, onions, and garlic. We use arborio rice which, yes, requires some stirring, but we find that it can be stirred ... read more
Chicken with Plum Tomato and Prosciutto $2.60 per serving
Chicken with Plum Tomato and Prosciutto
(5.0)
So many of our beloved dishes come to us by way of adaptation from the original. This was especially true of Italian American neighborhoods where everyone, it seems, was busy reinventing old world classics in a new world. Our chicken with plum tomato and prosciutto has its origins in the traditional veal saltimbocca—translation, “jumps in the mouth ... read more
Chicken, Herb, and Sweet Corn Pie $1.14 per serving
Chicken, Herb, and Sweet Corn Pie
(5.0)
Does it get any more comforting than this? Tender shredded chicken and corn baked in a creamy, herbed sauce under a golden pastry crust. This is a great day-two use of chicken when you want to make three meals from one roaster (see our Garlic and Lemon Roasted Chicken) for another economical supper. No need to say more!If you have time to make your ... read more
Chicken-Apple Sausage with Roasted Vegetables $1.46 per serving
Chicken-Apple Sausage with Roasted Vegetables
This is what to cook when you have assorted vegetables on hand and not a lot of time to stand at the stove. It only requires a little chopping, and once the dish goes in the oven you'll have time for other things. The colorful vegetables sweeten with roasting and go nicely with chicken-apple sausage (or any other type of precooked sausage) and cara ... read more
Chickpea, Tomato, Mint, and Feta Salad with Garlic-Parmesan Crostini $1.97 per serving
Chickpea, Tomato, Mint, and Feta Salad with Garlic-Parmesan Crostini
(5.0)
This light but filling salad is loaded with protein and vitamins. Chickpeas are high in protein and fiber, while feta adds protein, calcium, and B-vitamins and a foodie touch to this inexpensive dish. The mint really makes it if you can find fresh mint at a good price (we often grow our own), though you can substitute other fresh or dried herbs if ... read more
Chili with Cinnamon and Cacao $1.84 per serving
Chili with Cinnamon and Cacao
(5.0)
The classic Mexican pairing of chili pepper, tomato, and unsweetened chocolate gives a richness of flavor you have to taste to understand. And once you do, it's unlikely you'll ever turn back. Cook and feast within the hour, or keep the chili over a night or two and the flavor only deepens. It's mild enough for gringo-mouths, but splash it with gre ... read more
Chocolate-Orange Spiced Banana Bread 33¢ per serving
Chocolate-Orange Spiced Banana Bread
(4.5)
We can't get enough of this decadent banana bread. It's a luxurious-tasting dessert (or breakfast, if you're in the mood for a real treat) and you get to use up those ripe bananas you have sitting around. Chocolate and orange (from its juice and zest) complement each other nicely, and a touch of spice adds a foodie twist to traditional banana bread ... read more
Coconut Chia Pudding 82¢ per serving
Coconut Chia Pudding
(5.0)
Chia is the latest health craze, and with good reason—it's a superfood. Chia seeds are one of the best plant-based sources of Omega-3 fatty acids, with over 7 times more than found in salmon. They also are loaded with calcium, fiber, and iron. We first tasted chia pudding when experimenting with a dairy-free diet, and fell in love with it—and now w ... read more
Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms $1.58 per serving
Creamy Polenta with Mushrooms
(4.5)
This is quintessential, rustic Italian comfort food. Polenta differs slightly from what we know as cornmeal but nearly any available yellow or white cornmeal will do the job. Remember, "available" and "economical" are our watchwords! It's deliciously creamy, and offers and impressive meal for just pennies. I'll never forget when Carol and I (Hugo) ... read more
Cuban Picadillo $1.44 per serving
Cuban Picadillo
(5.0)
Picadillo is Cuban home cooking at its best. While it appears in many variations across Latin America, we bow to a traditional take on this gratifying recipe: beef or pork, green pepper, raisins, olives, and tomato. Typically, black beans and white rice accompany picadillo for a delightful, easily prepared, and—of course—inexpensive meal.
Escarole Rice Soup 96¢ per serving
Escarole Rice Soup
The sum here is definitely greater than the parts: a rosy broth, aromatic with garlic and a hint of nutmeg, envelopes slightly chewy arborio rice laced with dark greens. Topped with melting parmesan or romano cheese, it makes a pleasing supper. This is also a refreshing way to make a meal from leftover chicken bones. Did we say super economical and ... read more
Farmhouse Sausage and Vegetable Soup $1.37 per serving
Farmhouse Sausage and Vegetable Soup
(5.0)
Everyone is hungry, we forgot to shop, and of course the fridge is almost bare. This awesome accidental soup—it’s thick, more like stew, and full-flavored—surprised even the cook when it was ready. From the fridge came 4 carrots, 3 sausages, 2 potatoes, 1 carton of chicken broth, some leftover marinara sauce and a takeout box of rice. With a little ... read more
Flatbread Napoletana $1.09 per serving
Flatbread Napoletana
Flatbread pizza is good, fast, and cheap! Our kitchen hackers discovered that an uncooked (raw) flour tortilla delivers the perfect consistency of a thin crust loaded with sweet tomato sauce, veggies, and a sprinkling of goat cheese—a real treat. It makes a quick dinner, or a tantalizing appetizer that you can serve guests. Alternatively, you can u ... read more
French Onion Soup $1.86 per serving
French Onion Soup
(4.5)
French onion soup is a classic, originating as a super-inexpensive but warming supper in 18th-century Paris. We especially love this dish on cold winter evenings. The rich flavors of the beef broth are complemented by caramelized onions and melted gruyere (if you can't find an inexpensive one, you can use swiss cheese instead). Onions are cheap, fl ... read more
Garlic and Lemon-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes $1.41 per serving
Garlic and Lemon-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
(4.8)
Fragrant with lemon and garlic, this comfort supper is truly economical. A whole chicken is surprisingly easy to prepare, requires little prep yet is impressive when on the table and makes 6 servings. If you have fewer to feed, you can save some of the chicken for other meals (try our Green Chili and Lime Chicken Stew, Chicken and Corn Pie, or our ... read more
Gemelli with Rustic Tuscan Sauce $2.01 per serving
Gemelli with Rustic Tuscan Sauce
(5.0)
The Tuscan approach to food is probably the closest of all to our idealized vision of perfect country cooking: ingredients produced locally, used in season or “put up” for winter, making them affordable, and because they do not travel, they are fresher, better tasting and more healthful. Tuscany happens to be blessed with some of the planet’s most ... read more
Ginger Curried Lentils 72¢ per serving
Ginger Curried Lentils
(5.0)
Here it is: our most inexpensive dinner ever, and the recipe that started the $5 Foodie experiment. Red lentils, shown here, turn saffron-hued in their brief cooking time, blending with a delicate balance of ginger, onion, garlic, curry, and—surprise—fresh lemon. Fragrant basmati rice complements the Indian flavor profile, though white or brown lon ... read more
Green Chile and Lime Chicken Stew $1.78 per serving
Green Chile and Lime Chicken Stew
(5.0)
This green chile chicken stew is one of our quickest dinners to prepare. We love making this on weeknights, since it requires minimal prep and can cook—in just one pot—while you do other things. The flavors of the green chiles are complemented by onion, garlic, lime, and fresh cilantro. You can use that leftover chicken from a previous dinner (if y ... read more
Lemon-Spinach Orzo 99¢ per serving
Lemon-Spinach Orzo
(5.0)
This light, flavorful dish is full of lemon-scented pasta, garlic, and hearty greens. It's so simple to make, which is another reason to love it. Serve it on its own or as a side dish (without the feta and olives) to accompany our Chicken with Plum Tomato and Prosciutto. Or you might like to add a few pieces of grilled chicken or fish with a squeez ... read more
Lime-Coconut Green Curry with Chicken $1.71 per serving
Lime-Coconut Green Curry with Chicken
(3.0)
Green curry with lime is one of those dishes—when made this way—that leaves guests swooning and demanding the recipe. With tender, bright green vegetables and the fragrance of fresh cilantro, it melds gentle zings of spice and pepper with coconut milk and richly flavored chicken broth to create a tasty curried soup. Yes, a key to truly memorable gr ... read more
Mediterranean Quinoa-Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbs $1.55 per serving
Mediterranean Quinoa-Lentil Salad with Fresh Herbsnew
(5.0)
For a fresh take on a Mediterranean salad, we combined lentils, quinoa, fresh herbs, raisins, and cucumber, with a creamy lemon vinaigrette. The key to a wildly tasty and satisfying salad is a balance of textures and flavors—crunchy, smooth, sweet, and tangy—and it's all here, complemented by a bright, fresh homemade dressing you can make in minute ... read more
Oatmeal with Apple and Apricots 76¢ per serving
Oatmeal with Apple and Apricots
(5.0)
Forget prepackaged oatmeal, which can be pricey and ordinary. Buy rolled oats in bulk for just pennies and prepare them yourself for a delicious and hearty breakfast that's ready in just 5 minutes. Whole rolled oats are not just cheap, they are also extremely nutritious, offering loads of fiber, protein, potassium, and magnesium. The texture is che ... read more
Olive and Herb Tuna Wrap $1.22 per serving
Olive and Herb Tuna Wrap
(5.0)
Tuna is an excellent source of protein (here 15 grams per serving!), B vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Plus it’s inexpensive and makes a quick and easy lunch. Zesty bits of olive and fresh dill balance the flavors and let this dish stand out.
Orange and Honey Glazed Carrots 83¢ per serving
Orange and Honey Glazed Carrots
Carrots with green stems, when available, make an especially eye-catching presentation for this side. Left whole for glazing, the carrots can be garnished with their decorative greens for serving. We love this as part of a trio of colorful and economical side dishes for the holidays, along with a Fresh Cranberry Relish and our Roasted Brussels Spro ... read more
Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins 23¢ per serving
Orange Chocolate Chip Muffins
Muffins are a great breakfast treat. This version pairs fresh orange with chocolate chips and a touch of spice, a winning combination for flavor and price. The chocolate adds a bit of richness but they are just sweet enough in our opinion and aren't overloaded with sugar unlike commercial muffins. We enjoy them with a cup of coffee in the morning, ... read more
Orange-Banana French Toast 89¢ per serving
Orange-Banana French Toast
(5.0)
This ridiculously inexpensive breakfast is inspired by the New Orleans classic, bananas foster. French toast becomes a foodie favorite with caramelized bananas and a squeeze of fresh orange.
Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Rapini 92¢ per serving
Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Rapini
Orecchiette is paired with sweet Italian sausage and hearty greens in a white wine garlic sauce in this flavorful and filling dish. Rapini, also known as broccoli rabe, is a delicate, slightly bitter green that is packed full of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamins A and C. Broccoli rabe is not broccoli, despite its misleading name; it's actu ... read more
Pan-Fried Noodles with Tofu and Soy-Chili Sauce $1.67 per serving
Pan-Fried Noodles with Tofu and Soy-Chili Sauce
This stir-fried pan noodle dish is a favorite with foodies of all ages—even our 2-year-old can't get enough—and it makes a good, quick weeknight dinner. Onion, zucchini, bean sprouts, and scallion went into the dish here, though many other vegetables will do nicely. For example, broccoli, carrot, bell pepper, celery, spinach, cabbage, snow peas, bo ... read more
Panko Fried Chicken Sandwiches $2.18 per serving
Panko Fried Chicken Sandwiches
The fried-chicken sandwich is an indulgent classic. Here crunchy panko breadcrumbs give texture to a light but juicy take on an old-time tradition. Onion rolls and chopped scallions contribute extra flavor and dill pickle slices add tang. If you're feeling brave, add some hot sriracha! ... read more
Penne with Smoked Gouda, Bell Pepper, and Spinach $1.14 per serving
Penne with Smoked Gouda, Bell Pepper, and Spinach
(5.0)
Here's a quick and tasty pasta—with our Italian roots, we never get enough pasta! The foodie twist is a layer of smoky flavor from the gouda cheese, while the red pepper flakes give a bit of kick. If you can't find an inexpensive smoked gouda, you can substitute regular gouda or smoked mozzarella. We love to make this pasta with lots of veggies (be ... read more
Potatoes Gratin with Glazed Carrots $1.92 per serving
Potatoes Gratin with Glazed Carrots
(4.5)
The potato is an excellent, inexpensive staple. For centuries it's been known that potatoes contain most of the vitamins and minerals (vitamin C, B6, potassium, magnesium, and iron, to name a few) needed for sustenance, while being incredibly cheap. Here potatoes are dressed up in a classic gratin with onion and cheese. The meal is rounded off with ... read more
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts 58¢ per serving
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts
Roasted Brussels sprouts are delish, easy to prepare, and good for you. The toasted walnuts complement them perfectly, and the dish is topped off with a slightly sweet balsamic glaze. We love this as part of a trio of colorful and economical side dishes for the holidays, along with a Fresh Cranberry Relish and our Orange and Honey Glazed Carrots.Th ... read more
Rum Chocolate Ricotta $1.30 per serving
Rum Chocolate Ricotta
Chocolate, honey, and rum whipped together with ricotta cheese make for a denser, more intense dessert than traditional chocolate mousse. Think of it as the best of mousse and chocolate pudding combined. You can use farmer’s cheese rather than ricotta if you prefer. Add a little extra rum and whipped cream if you've had a long day!
Savory Red Pepper and Feta Bread Pudding 79¢ per serving
Savory Red Pepper and Feta Bread Pudding
Eggs, bright red peppers, tangy feta cheese, and bread are baked together in the rich tradition of English savory puddings. The bread combined with eggs gives this hearty dish a wonderful texture. This recipe is equally delicious in a vegetarian rendition, or with lightly caramelized sausage or ham if you'd like to add meat. You can use any combina ... read more
Shepherd's Pie $1.82 per serving
Shepherd's Pie
(5.0)
This is a lighter take on the classic dish, which originated in Britain as a cheap but hearty meal made with lamb and potatoes. Cauliflower is substituted for the potatoes (though potatoes are also inexpensive) and ground turkey for the lamb, but most of us can’t really taste a difference. At just $1.56 per serving it's a foodie favorite, and it's ... read more
Spaghetti alla Carbonara $1.54 per serving
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
(5.0)
The fastest, cheapest, most elegant main dish ever. How and where this fabulous creation originated is disputed. Some say that American soldiers infatuated with pasta brought bacon and eggs to Italy at the end of World War II and asked their Italian friends for a dish that used these ingredients. This pasta has been a family favorite of ours for ye ... read more
Spinach and Mushroom Crepes $1.68 per serving
Spinach and Mushroom Crepes
(5.0)
The crepe is a surprisingly economical treat, despite its glamorous French associations and astronomical price tag at restaurants. Crepes are made from a few basic ingredients, can be served hundreds of different ways, sweet or savory, and don’t require any special pan or utensils for cooking. Prepare a large batch of crepes ahead of time and store ... read more
Squash Stuffed with Spicy Beef $1.91 per serving
Squash Stuffed with Spicy Beef
This is a wonderful warming dinner, perfect to make during winter when squash is in season (and on sale at the supermarket). Acorn squash (or other type, such as kabocha) doubles as the serving bowl, providing a pretty—and impressive—presentation. Beef is spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove, and a little chili powder gives it some kick. ... read more
Summer Salad with Lemon Farro $2.12 per serving
Summer Salad with Lemon Farro
Contrasting color, texture, and sweet, sour, and salty flavors make a salad exciting. In this favorite hot-weather entree, we've mixed light and dark greens along with colorful vegetables, crunchy seeds, raisins, a dash of honey, fresh lemon, and blue cheese. Farro—a satisfying, chewy grain—cooks quickly and the lemony vinaigrette on both the green ... read more
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Corn Tacos with Creamy Salsa Verde $1.06 per serving
Sweet Potato, Black Bean, and Corn Tacos with Creamy Salsa Verde
(5.0)
Tacos are always a welcome economical dinner, and can be made countless ways. We love this flavorful version with lots of colorful vegetables, hearty black beans, and sweet corn, and it's full of protein, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The incredibly easy, creamy sauce gives this dish zip and the tang of green salsa especially enhances the flavors ... read more
Tart Fresh Cranberry Relish 40¢ per serving
Tart Fresh Cranberry Relish
These beautiful seasonal berries need no cooking in this upgrade (in our opinion!) of sugary, cooked cranberry sauce. A little honey, cinnamon, an orange, and a blender are all you need. Tell no one how effortless this treat is to prepare when you bring it to a holiday gathering! We love this as part of a trio of colorful and economical side dishes ... read more
Tea Sandwiches 98¢ per serving
Tea Sandwiches
(5.0)
Tea sandwiches somehow transform basic ingredients into a special, tasty, bite-size treat. Whether you have them for lunch or afternoon tea, they are so simple to make and so extraordinarily delectable. The key is to use thinly-sliced bread with crusts removed. We paired cucumber with cream cheese, avocado, and mint, and egg salad with dill and sto ... read more
Tuscan White Bean Soup 52¢ per serving
Tuscan White Bean Soup
With the first cool weather come thoughts of soup—warming, nutritious, tasty! In Tuscany, cannellini beans are a favorite, simmered along with garlic, a splash of olive oil, and a hint of rosemary. Beans are full of healthful fiber, protein, and potassium, in addition to iron and calcium, and are an easy way to prepare a one-pot meal. And at just ... read more
Veggie Fried Rice $1.16 per serving
Veggie Fried Rice
(5.0)
Foodie fried rice is a healthy and flavorful dish that can be as exotic or simple as you like. You can garnish it with so many optional extras that no two batches end up tasting the same. We like to start with a base of white or brown rice and load it up with caramelized onion, crispy carrot, a bit of garlic, and ginger.
White Lasagne with Spinach and Bechamel Sauce $1.78 per serving
White Lasagne with Spinach and Bechamel Sauce
(5.0)
A pleasure to prepare, this unusual white lasagne has wonderful, complex flavor and a delightfully creamy texture. In France and Spain, lasagne is often made with bechamel (a silky white sauce) instead of tomato sauce. Combined with spinach and a balance of creamy and pungent cheeses, the bechamel binds the flavors and textures gracefully. In this ... read more
Zucchini and Carrot "Pasta" with Marinara $1.38 per serving
Zucchini and Carrot "Pasta" with Marinara
Here's a satisfying way to meet your quota of veggies. Marinara is the most versatile of all tomato sauces—a topping for pizza, a sauce for meat or pasta, and here a sauce for green, yellow and orange vegetables. The fettucine-like shapes can be made with an ordinary vegetable peeler, and zucchini lends itself especially well to this. If you have a ... read more
Zucchini and Goat Cheese Omelette with Fingerling Potatoes $1.90 per serving
Zucchini and Goat Cheese Omelette with Fingerling Potatoes
The omelette is a French classic, and it makes it onto our list for its super low cost and versatility (not to mention deliciousness). If you don’t have zucchini, you can substitute any vegetable that appeals to you. Grating the zucchini gives it a fine texture that blends well with goat cheese, and the sautéed fingerling potatoes round out the mea ... read more
= quick and easy
= gluten free
= vegetarian
= vegan