Get Ahead With Meals For Less Than $5

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Feeding a family on a budget is no easy task – especially when you throw picky eaters into the mix.  We’re sharing a couple of our favorite, crowd-pleasing $5 meals to help you get ahead!

The first comes from our friend Emily Jones at

Emily’s Peanut Noodles:

/3 c. your favorite Teriyaki or stir-fry sauce

1/3 c. peanut butter

2 1/2 c. water

1/2 pkg. (8 oz) spaghetti noodles, broken in half

2 c. total veggies, such as carrots, zucchini, bell pepper, mushrooms, etc. cut in thin, uniform slices/strips

1 c. cooked meat if desired (make use of leftovers!)

In a large skillet with a tight-fitting lid, whisk together Teriyaki, peanut butter and water over med-high heat. When peanut butter is melted and well-combined, add dry spaghetti noodles. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to Low, simmer 10-12 minutes. Keep covered! Check noodles for doneness after 10 minutes. During last 2 minutes of cooking, add veggies, cover, and allow to steam briefly until crisp-tender. Toss together, garnish with cilantro and chopped peanuts if desired, and serve immediately. Serves 4.


Brooke’s Cheesy Rav Bake

Total time: 1 hour

prep: 10 min


1 jar  (24 oz.) spaghetti sauce

1 pkg  frozen cheese, beef, or other filling ravioli (about 24), thawed

2 cups  Shredded Italian Cheese

Sprinkle of parmesan cheese to serve

HEAT oven to 350ºF.

SPREAD 1/3 sauce onto bottom of 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover with half the ravioli, another 1/3 of the sauce and half the shredded cheese.  Repeat.

BAKE 45 min. or until heated through, uncovering for the last 10 min.

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