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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Tomatoes are one of the most produced fruits, especially when in season. Frankie teaches us how to prepare them fresh in a variety of ways. And for even more savings, Frankie will share a few tips on how to preserve tomatoes.
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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.
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Frankie teaches us how to use whole vegetables, from root-to-stem, which means no food goes to waste. Learn how to use those leafy green tops you thought were for decoration. Or vegetable stalks you would normally throw away.
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Frankie throws a game day party for under $25. Game days aren't for dinner parties but they are a day for some fan-favorite finger foods. Frankie makes three no-fuss appetizers that are cheaper, healthier, and tastier than subpar game day take out.
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Just because you're dorm living, road tripping, motel living, or haven't gotten that bachelor pad in shape yet, doesn't mean you can't make tasty meals from some handy kitchen (and non-kitchen) appliances. No Kitchen? No problem.
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It's that time, the first of the month, when you spend your whole paycheck on rent and bills. Your fridge looks pretty sad and the grocery budget is low. Frankie cooks up some go-to pantry meals and also teaches us how to better prepare for this.
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Frankie takes us on a magical mushroom trip. They're packed with nutritional value and they're an affordable plant-based meat replacement. We'll learn about all things mushrooms and how to make some inventive, flavorful dishes.
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Spring is in the air which means a whole new world opens up in the produce department, especially all the greens. Frankie teaches us how to cook with mother nature, spring-style. It's tasty, seasonably affordable, and pretty to look at.
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Flavor, flavor, flavor. Frankie shows us the way around the spice cabinet. You know that area in your pantry that collects dust? Well get ready to dust it off. All it takes is a couple primary dried spices to make a variety of homemade spice blends.
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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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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 figured out the weekly budget grocery equation so you don't have to. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner for seven days, for a family of four, for under $150. All it takes is a little planning, meal prep, and using up leftovers in inventive ways.
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Frankie busts the myth that eating plant-based is expensive. Preparing these good-for-you meals is all about eating seasonally to save money on produce, and shopping the bulk aisle for even more savings on plant-based pantry items.
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It's time to reduce the cost of meat on your grocery bill. Frankie shows us which cuts of meat provide the most bang for our buck, and equally as important, how to cook them for optimal flavor. The focus will be protein-fueled recipes.
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Eggplant: A fruit you didn't know was a fruit. Often underrated and overlooked, Frankie shows us how to shop for and cook this filling, delicious, cost-effective, and versatile ingredient. Master these cooking techniques.
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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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