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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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Frankie shows you how to make a week's worth of meals on a single trip to the grocery store, and then shows you three options for struggle meals on the go.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 so you can enjoy their freshness throughout the year.
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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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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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Frankie shows you how to make delicious and filling Mexican-inspired dishes for under $2 a plate, and later uses a surprising struggle ingredient in 3 delicious dishes you'll go nuts for.
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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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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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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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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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Who knew potatoes are not only affordable, but nutrient rich? Frankie is cookin' up 3 potato dishes that are guaranteed to fill you up, and later a trio of delicious pancakes with a surprising twist.
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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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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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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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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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