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? 

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

Roasted Honey Cinnamon Chickpeas recipe from

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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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