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Inexpensive Meals - Lunch Recipes for Under .50 Cents Per Serving

Serve a Nutritional and Tasty Lunch for as Little as 15 Cents 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.

    Italian Bean Patties

    Serving Size: One patty
    Yield: Eight servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 1.19
    Per Serving: $ 0.15
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    Bean Enchiladas

    Serving Size: Two six-inch enchiladas
    Yield: Four servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 1.79
    Per Serving: $ 0.45
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    Spunky Vegetable Pizza

    Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
    Yield: Eight servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.93
    Per Serving: $ 0.49
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    Tastee Burgers

    Serving Size: One burger
    Yield: Eight servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 3.50
    Per Serving: $ 0.44
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    Italian Pasta Salad

    Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
    Yield: Eight servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 2.40
    Per Serving: $ 0.30
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    Microwave Potato Corn Chowder

    Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
    Yield: Four servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 1.92
    Per Serving: $ 0.48
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    Veggie Chow Mein

    Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
    Yield: Six servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 2.44
    Per Serving: $ 0.41
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    Quesadilla con Huevos

    Serving Size: One quesadilla
    Yield: Four servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 1.04
    Per Serving: $ 0.26
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    Peanut Butter 'n Fruit-wich

    Serving Size: One open-faced sandwich
    Yield: One serving
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 0.27
    Per Serving: $ 0.27
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    Red Beans and Rice

    Serving Size: 1/8 of recipe
    Yield: Eight servings
    Cost:
    Per Recipe: $ 2.95
    Per Serving: $ 0.37
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