School Lunch for Just 3 Bucks

Raise your hand if you're on a food budget! You can still send your kids to school (and even yourself to work) with a fun lunch that’s super nutritious, has a variety of tastes and costs around $3! The majority of these ingredients like the frozen broccoli, tortillas, grated mozzarella cheese, chickpeas, Bragg’s and sesame seeds I always keep on hand. Whenever I go to the grocery I’m always looking for sales and when I do I buy a bunch to stock up my pantry. 

I ran my ingredient numbers for this lunch through Instacart (you may find them cheaper in your hood) and this lunch came out to be $3 on the nose, for a mix of conventional and organic ingredients (it would be $4.33 all organic). What’s your fave affordable lunch recipe or affordable ingredient? 

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Here are the recipes from this lunch!

Refried Beans 

How to Steam Broccoli or Roasted Asian Veggies

How to Peel a Kiwi

Roasted Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas

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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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