5 Meals Under $5

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Great-tasting food doesn’t have to cost a small fortune or take a lot of time. Make these delicious dishes for less than five bucks a person.
  1. Tilapia Fish Tacos with Tomatillo Salsa Verde


    2 tomatillos, husked and roughly chopped

    1⁄2 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed

    4 Tbl. fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)

    2 Tbl. olive oil, divided 1⁄4 tsp. cumin Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

    1⁄4 small head red cabbage, thinly sliced (about 1 1⁄2 cups)

    1⁄4 jalapeño chili (seeds removed for less heat), minced

    2 boneless, skinless tilapia fillets

    6 six-inch corn tortillas

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  2. Apricot Glazed Pork Chops with Lime Cilantro Couscous


    Serves 2

    1 Tbl. olive oil

    1⁄2 Tbl. peeled and finely chopped fresh ginger

    1⁄4 cup apricot marmalade or jam

    2 bone-in pork loin chops (each 8 to 10 oz. and 1⁄2-in. thick), fat trimmed

    Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

    1⁄2 cup couscous

    1 Tbl. chopped fresh cilantro

    1⁄2 tsp. grated lime zest

    1 Tbl. fresh lime juice

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  3. French Toast with Apple Butternut Squash Compote


    Serves 2

    4 eggs

    1⁄4 cup sweet potato puree (about 1 small sweet potato boiled or baked, then pureed)

    1⁄2 cup 2% milk

    1 Tbl. brown sugar

    1⁄4 tsp. cinnamon

    1⁄2 tsp. vanilla extract

    1⁄2 loaf brioche or challah bread, sliced 3⁄4-in. thick

    1⁄2 cup butternut squash, diced

    1 tsp. canola oil

    1 1⁄2 tart apples, peeled and diced

    1⁄2 cup unsweetened, natural apple juice

    1⁄4 cup sugar

    1⁄4 tsp. almond extract

    1⁄2 tsp. grated lemon zest

    1⁄2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

    1 tsp. butter


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  4. Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie


    Serves 2

    2 bone-in chicken breast halves (about 1 1⁄2 lbs.)

    4 cups chicken broth

    2 Tbl. olive oil

    2 leeks (white and light green parts), halved lengthwise and sliced into half moons

    2 medium carrots cut into 1⁄2-in. pieces

    3⁄4 tsp. kosher salt

    2 Tbl. all-purpose flour

    1⁄2 cup dry white wine

    1⁄2 cup frozen peas

    1⁄2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

    2 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon

    1⁄4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

    1 sheet frozen puff pastry (from a 17.25-oz. package), thawed

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  5. Tomato Basil Eggplant Parmesan


    Serves 2

    1⁄2 large eggplant, sliced

    1⁄4-in. thick (about 12 slices)

    1 Tbl. olive oil

    141⁄2 oz. tomato-basil bisque (about 1 can)

    1⁄2 lb. fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced 1⁄4-in. thick

    1⁄4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

    1⁄4 cup basil pesto

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