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The struggle is real, but it doesn't mean your food has to suffer. Chef Frankie Celenza shows you how to make delicious meals that won't break the bank.

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Cauliflower is a star and can be transformed into unexpected dishes. Plus it's delicious and nutritious! Frankie reminds us to buy dried-goods in bulk and makes a big chuck roast that stretches over three dishes.
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Prepping meals at home is cheaper and way more nutritious! Frankie makes portable breakfasts for the work week and forays into the stuffed dough of different cultures.
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Sweet potatoes and a sweet tooth - Frankie's got you covered on the cheap and full of nutrition. Some times, you've got to indulge!
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You don't have to travel half way around the world to try a different cuisine - Italian and Filipino foods are accessible right here, right now.
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Date night doesn't have to be at an over-priced, mediocre restaurant. Frankie prepares an affordable and delicious sushi date night at home, filled with three courses, plus tips on how to set date night ambiance at home on a struggle budget. That special someone will love it!
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Cheese can be really expensive. Frankie teaches us how to cook with more affordable cheese swaps than what might normally be called for in a recipe. More importantly, we learn how to stretch cheese in a dish so it can be the star without breaking the bank. Bonus: Frankie teaches how to make cheese at home!
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Dried beans are affordable and healthy to prepare. Frankie will teach the basics of preparing beans from scratch while making tasty recipes. We also take a field trip to the grocery store to shop the bulk aisle. They're also good for your heart.
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Frankie prepares a Valentine's Day dinner for under $15 with a bistro-style theme to up the romance. Why go to a crowded restaurant for an overpriced prix-fixe menu with bad service when you can prepare a simple yet decadent romantic meal at home.
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Frankie teaches you how to prep ingredients to make delicious, healthy meals for a fraction of the time and cost.
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Frankie makes street food at home. It's fresher, healthier, and cheaper! Then - get ready! - because you've never seen rice like this before.
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It's the dead of winter in Frankie's kitchen, which means it's that time for hearty, delicious, and warming meals. Cooking is one of the best activities to do during these cold, dark months. Winter foods, hearty vegetables, and meats that stretch.
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Which came first? In this episode, it's the egg. Frankie shows us both high and low maintenance ways to prepare roasted chicken and eggs for any meal. Who says adulting has to be hard?
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Going to the movies is expensive! Frankie shows us how to make a delicious TV dinner, popcorn, and dessert, for less than the cost of a movie ticket! Then, French food isn't all fancy and expensive. These classic peasant dishes are made with fresh affordable, ingredients for hearty meals big on flavor and light on your wallet.
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Everyone loves carbs! Endlessly versatile, cheap, and super filling - Frankie shows you tricks for pasta, pizza dough, and delicious, easy ramen meals that aren't soup.
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Versatility is important. These three items - bacon, eggs, and a whole chicken - will feed you a plethora of delicious meals... and for cheap!
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Stale bread, old bananas, canned food, dry foods... they've all gotten a bad wrap, but this is not the end of them yet! Don't let this stuff sit in the pantry, don't let it go to waste - Frankie encourages you to stretch further and cheaper!
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Frankie makes three dishes for a party of four, that when combined, are cheaper than just one meal out for brunch. Then, it's a taco party for five people for only $20!
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First, Frankie packs a one-two punch of bargain and nutrition with butternut squash in three nostalgic, old school dishes. Then he shows you how to prep portable wraps at home for easy, peasey lunches.
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You say hotdishes, Frankie says casserole. Either way, these one-pot hotdishes are an affordable way to feed a group of people, or the family for dinner. Plus they're great to freeze for future meals. Frankie's secret is to use a combination of frozen and fresh ingredients to keep these hotdishes nutritious and cost-effective.
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Flour has the super power to transform into an endless variety of meals, and a little goes a long way. Frankie teaches us how to make three different meals using flour as the affordable vehicle. Save money, learn new techniques, and strap on an apron. It's time to get messy in the kitchen.
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A big way to save money on a struggle budget is to prepare homemade lunches for work. Frankie shows us how to make five delicious lunches for the whole work week. Each one flavored differently during meal prep so you don't get bored. You'll be saving money, and you might even be more productive at work after a nutritious homemade lunch!

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