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Inexpensive Meals - Dinner Recipes for Under $1.00 Per Serving

Serve Nutritional and Tasty Main Dishes for as Little as $1.00 Per Serving

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Meal planning can help cut the cost of rising food costs without compromising good taste and nutritional value.

The following recipes are based on the average cost of food in 2007. This is the most current data available from USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) for the purposes of performing cost analysis on recipes. Costs may need to be refined to specific regions of the country and current price increases.

    Baked Chicken with Vegetables

    Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
    Yield: Six servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 5.58
    Per Serving: $ 0.93
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    Chicken Cacciatore

    Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
    Yield: Four servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.14
    Per Serving: $ 0.78
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    Herb Broiled Beef

    Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
    Yield: Four servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.51
    Per Serving: $ 0.88
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    Italian Broccoli and Pasta

    Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups
    Yield: Four servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.13
    Per Serving: $ 0.78
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    Manly Muffin Meat Loaf

    Serving Size: Two muffins
    Yield: Six servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.56
    Per Serving: $ 0.59
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    Pasta Primavera

    Serving Size: 1/3 of recipe
    Yield: Three servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 1.42
    Per Serving: $ 0.47
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    Quick Skillet Lasagna

    Serving Size: One cup
    Yield: Seven servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.81
    Per Serving: $ 0.54
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    Sensational Six-Layer Dinner

    Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
    Yield: Six servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 5.10
    Per Serving: $ 0.85
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    Spinach and Meat Cakes

    Serving Size: Two meat cakes
    Yield: Six servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 5.63
    Per Serving: $ 0.94
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    Tortilla Pizzas

    Serving Size: One pizza
    Yield: Six servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.75
    Per Serving: $ 0.62
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