5 Meals Under $5

April 27, 2023

This blog was submitted by USU Intern Allie Maughan.

In today’s world, where food prices seem to be constantly on the rise, it can be challenging to stick to a budget while still maintaining a healthy and varied diet. However, with a bit of creativity and planning, it is possible to prepare delicious and nutritious meals for under $5. In this blog post, we will share five budget-friendly recipes that are sure to satisfy your taste buds without breaking the bank.

Strawberry Dark Chocolate Overnight Oats

If you’re a fan of chocolate-covered strawberries, you’ll love this recipe for Strawberry Dark Chocolate Overnight Oats! With the cost being $2.20/serving, not only is it a delicious breakfast, but it’s also a healthy and cheap way to start your day with whole grains, protein, and fiber.

Apple Pie smoothie

If you’re a fan of apple pie, you’re going to love this delicious and healthy Apple Pie Smoothie recipe. This smoothie is perfect for breakfast, as a snack, or even as a dessert. It’s loaded with wholesome ingredients and tastes just like a slice of apple pie in a glass! Compared to a regular $6-$8 smoothie this $1.81/serving smoothie fits within the budget.

Balsamic glazed asian zoodle bowl

If you’re looking for a delicious and healthy meal that’s also easy to make, you should try this recipe for Balsamic Glazed Asian Zoodle Bowl for only $2.42/serving. This dish is packed with flavor and nutrition, and it’s a great way to enjoy a variety of vegetables in one bowl.

Chicken lettuce wraps

Chicken lettuce wraps are a delicious and healthy dish that’s perfect for a quick and easy meal that’s only $3.37/serving. These wraps are light, refreshing, and packed with flavor, making them a great option for lunch or dinner.


Pizza is one of the world’s most beloved comfort foods, and with good reason. It’s versatile, delicious, and always hits the spot. If you’re looking for a new pizza to try, look no further than this Mozzarella, Arugula, and Prosciutto Pizza recipe for only $4.98/serving. This delicious combination of flavors and textures is sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave you craving more.

Eating on a budget can be challenging, but it doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste or nutrition.  With these five ideas, you can enjoy delicious and nutritious meals for under $5. Experiment with your favorite ingredients and flavors to create your own budget-friendly meals.

If you’d like more budget-friendly ideas reach out to the dietitian team at dietitian@harmonsgrocery.com.