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5 Healthy Home Cooked Dinners Under $5

Created by: infozooms | Last Updated: 04/16/2010

As you adjust your budget to be more cost-conscious, preparing healthy meals doesn't have to cost a lot! Check out these five main dishes for a family of four, costing less than $5. Add a toss salad and fruit for dessert, and you're good to go!
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1. Taco soup

This yummy recipe calls for 1/2 pound of lean ground beef, 7 oz. tomato sauce, 7 oz. canned diced tomatoes with chilies, 7 oz. canned chopped green chilies, 1 can corn, 1 can kidney beans and 1/2 pkg. taco seasoning. Brown the beef over medium heat in a pot and drain grease. Add the tomato sauce, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes with chilies and the green chilies. Simmer over a low heat for 45 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans and corn and simmer for another 15 minutes. Why not double the recipe and freeze half for a quick meal later on?
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2. Healthy pizza

Forget paying $10 or more for a pizza that isn't even healthy for you. Instead, make your own dough with 2 cups whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup warm water, a pinch of flaxseed and 1 tsp. fast rising yeast. Dissolve the yeast in the water and add the flour. Add the flaxseed and mix well. Let dough rise in the bowl for 15 minutes. Divide the dough into four balls. Oil or spray 2 cookie sheets. Shape 2 pizzas per pan. Set out a variety of toppings and let each family member make their own pizza. Bake at 400 degrees for 18-20 minutes.
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3. Rainbow chicken and rice

Chicken can be used many ways. This tasty recipe calls for: 2 chicken breasts cut into strips, 1/2 bag frozen vegetables, 1/2 green bell pepper chopped, 1/2 red bell pepper chopped, 1/2 cup onion, 1/2 cup celery and 1 cup rice. Place two tablespoons of oil in a large skillet. Using a medium heat, cook the chicken and onions, flipping them every 1 or 2 minutes. Once the chicken is thoroughly cooked (about 8 minutes), place the chicken in tin foil to keep warm. Add the vegetables to the onions and cook over a low heat, stirring often. Meanwhile, fix the rice according to the package. Once the rice is done, place rice on a platter, put the chicken on top of it and pour the vegetables over it.
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4. Vegetable quesadillas

Quesadillas are a hit with a lot of families and they are easy to make. All you need are: tortillas, cheese, butter and chopped vegetables (whatever you have on hand). Butter the tortilla, cover with chopped vegetables and cheese. Microwave (or use a 350 oven) until the cheese melts. Top with chopped tomatoes and a dap of sour cream.
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5. Loaded baked potatoes

Whatever toppings your family likes, will go well on a baked potato...chili, leftover diced ham, melted cheese, chopped veggies, etc. Bake potatoes at 350 degrees for an hour. Slice the potatoes lengthwise and add toppings. Bake some corn muffins to enjoy as a side.
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