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Healthy $1 Lunch Recipes – Easy Budget Meals! – Mind Over Munch


Hey Munchie friends and welcome if you’re new. We are continuing our budget meal series. You’ve seen one dollar dinners and breakfasts and today we are making my one dollar lunches. Now remember, these meals are all one dollar per serving calculated out using the most affordable options out there. So feel free to adjust and use the quality of ingredients that you prefer. These recipes are just here as a guideline to show that healthy can be affordable. Let’s start with my creamy quesadilla. For this recipe you will need: a tortilla, chickpeas, avocado, kale or spinach but kale is actually one of the more affordable nutritious greens, and a bit of shredded cheese. In a small mixing bowl add in your chickpeas and avocado and mash them together. This mash is going to be much easier to spread on our quesadilla. Pretty much we’re saving money by mashing the chickpeas rather than using hummus. Season to taste with a bit of salt. Spread your avocado chickpea mixture on a tortilla like so and place on some kale leaves and shredded cheese. Because of the creamy avocado and chickpea mixture you don’t need much cheese at all just enough to seal it together and if you’re vegan or dairy-free you could honestly just leave it out. Fold in half and transfer to a large sprayed pan over medium heat. Allow to cook until the cheese is melted and the tortilla turns a nice golden brown flipping halfway through. If you want to take this on-the-go for lunch at school or work, you can! It does not need to be warm to enjoy it. The key is to allow your quesadilla to cool before cutting it and transferring to your storage container. If you wait for it to cool it will not get soggy. This quesadilla is such a nice flavor twist and at only $0.87 a serving I am certainly not going to complain. Next we’re going to make my vegetarian taco salad in a jar. For this recipe you will need: black beans, taco seasoning, shredded cheese, canned tomatoes, lettuce and it’s generally cheaper to buy the full romaine hearts and chop them yourself, and salsa. Spray down a pan over medium heat and add in your cooked beans, tomatoes, and taco seasoning. Mix to combine. When it comes to taco seasoning it is cheaper to make your own. I do have a homemade recipe in my meal prep ebook if you want to check that out or you could use the pre-made packs but they aren’t as cheap as assembling the spices on your own. If you want to check out my ebook you can use the code “LUNCH” at checkout for ten percent off any ebook or package deal of your choice. Set aside the heated mixture and allow to cool. Grab a storage container, I am using a mason jar and this handy-dandy funnel which I will link below and into the jar layer in your salsa, your tomato bean mixture, and shredded cheese. Seal it on up and make sure to jar your lettuce on the side so it doesn’t get soggy or if you choose to use a larger jar you could just add the lettuce last on top of everything else. When you’re ready to eat just dump the lettuce out and put the taco mix on top. Easy-peasy. Remember you could always add more protein by adding chicken or whatever you prefer or if you want a vegan taco salad simply omit the cheese. Lastly we are going to make my turkey pumpkin meatballs because it is the time of the pumpkins. For this recipe you will need: ground meat of your choice getting this on sale and freezing it is your best bet to stay affordable, canned pumpkin or you could use sweet potato but right now you can get canned pumpkin for pretty darn cheap at least in the US, an egg, onions, carrot, bacon, garlic powder, parsley, and salt and pep. Add all of your ingredients to a large mixing bowl and mix well to combine. Spray down a cookie scoop like so and scoop out some of your meat mixture. Spoon the mixture into your hands and roll it out into the perfect little ball. Repeat. Spray down a glass baking dish and add your meatballs in until full. Bake in the oven preheated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 – 22 minutes and voila perfect meatballs. I’m serving with a bit of rice and basic yogurt dipping sauce which I included the recipe for in the PDF in the description box below with all of the other recipes and the great thing about this lunch once again is it can be eaten warm or cold. So it’s perfect for on-the-go. The pumpkin and carrot in these meatballs keep them super moist. I hope you enjoyed these one dollar on the go lunch ideas. I think we could manage a one-dollar deserts episode in this series so if you want to see that and if you have enjoyed this series so far please give this video a thumbs up. Remember you can find my ebooks at mindovermunch.com/ebooks. All of the recipes I shared today are in the PDF in the description box so please don’t ask in the comments because that is so annoying, but please do let me know in the comments which of these recipes I shared today that you are most excited to try and if you do try them out don’t forget to tag me on social. Thanks so much from liking this video and subscribing. I will see you next week and remember it’s all a matter of Mind Over Munch.

Randall Smitham

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100 COMMENTS

  1. The Vegan Hippie Posted on November 4, 2016 at 1:17 am

    I am looking forward to that quesadilla. That salad didn't look to bad either.

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  2. Deb Duma Posted on November 4, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Honestly I am most excited to try the creamy quesadilla! Looks great!!!!

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  3. Casey McGuire Posted on November 4, 2016 at 2:34 am

    I absolutely love this series and your channel. Such creative ideas that are healthy and affordable. Thank you!! I'm most excited to try the quesadilla.

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  4. Erin K Posted on November 4, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Out of all the YouTube channels i love to watch and learn from, yours is my favourite, hands down!! ❤

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  5. Freckle Finance Posted on November 4, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Okay.. I'm loving these because I love Mexican food!

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  6. spongemuffin Posted on November 4, 2016 at 3:20 am

    I love the new camera angles! Is this the work of your camera guy we see on snapchat? c:

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  7. Zoe Doucette Posted on November 4, 2016 at 3:42 am

    1 dolla desserts!!!

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  8. melissa salisbury Posted on November 4, 2016 at 4:08 am

    I love these kinds of videos. can you a recipe for healthy gyro's.. and falafel's … greek food is my fav.. but it's high in calorie. that would be great. I love these ideas. you look amazing.. you inspire me to eat healthier ..

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  9. Silvie Smiles Posted on November 4, 2016 at 4:09 am

    Yeah 🎉🎉🎉🎉 for $1 desserts

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  10. Unique 40 Posted on November 4, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I want to try all recipes. Thanks for the ideas.

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  11. purplepuma123 Posted on November 4, 2016 at 9:10 am

    I couldn't chose a favourite between the quesadilla and meatballs.
    As usual, great recipes/vid alysia! Thank you.

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  12. Lauren Schexnider Posted on November 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Can't wait to try the turkey pumpkin meatballs! Thanks!

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  13. Min Young Im Posted on November 4, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    editing so gooddddddddddddddddddddddddd

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  14. Silver Beowulf Posted on November 4, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    love the $1 meals, now to learn how to shop better

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  15. Sarah S Posted on November 4, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I love how aware you are of the economic difficulties facing so many people who try to eat healthily. These options and ideas are great for everyone, not just people on a budget, and I absolutely love and appreciate them!

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  16. smartie Posted on November 5, 2016 at 10:33 am

    I absolutely love this series <3

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  17. Unique 40 Posted on November 5, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I made the tortillas and they are great. Love them.

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  18. Ryan Hayes Posted on November 5, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Hey Alyssia, I don't typically comment on things, but I really want to thank you for all of your awesome videos and helpful tips! It's really amazing how you can take things and just make them healthy and affordable so easily, and following a lot of your advice, I've reached my weight goal of 190 pounds, for my height of 6'2! (I was almost 270 pounds 5 months ago…) and I feel really great. Keep it up Alyssia, I'll be enjoying every video you give us! Lots of love and appreciation! -Ryan

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  19. Kyla Anderson Posted on November 5, 2016 at 5:45 pm

    Love love love the $1.00 series! The quesadilla looks so good!💖

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  20. Toffnm Posted on November 5, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Blown away by the awesome editing/camera work, especially for the first recipe when it zooms out while layering the ingredients and… wow.

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  21. Tracey Zvirblis Posted on November 5, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    The meatballs look delicious…definitely trying them. Could also see them on a roll with marinara sauce drizzled over…😱😁

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  22. Tori Carrillo Posted on November 6, 2016 at 12:39 am

    I like the shots and editing in this video!

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  23. Scarlett Callender Posted on November 6, 2016 at 3:07 am

    Can you please do a healthy snacks video or another bento box video

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  24. Priyakshi Manocha Posted on November 6, 2016 at 4:36 am

    You should do recipes involving dates for desserts!

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  25. Charlie Hornet Posted on November 6, 2016 at 9:38 am

    As always nice video. I will try the Queasadilla and Taco Salad. Something I can take to work 🙂

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  26. Stefania Lucani Posted on November 6, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Definitely need a dessert episode! 😉

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  27. Kristin Posted on November 6, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    i love taco salad! Your version sounded so good. 🙂

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  28. The Viet Vegan Posted on November 6, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    So many fancy animations and camera shots this time 🙂 Love the taco salad idea! Add crunchy baked tortilla chips for extra crunch 😉

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  29. fanofpink Posted on November 7, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Had the pumpkin meatballs they were so yummy!!!!

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  30. Lindsay Mayfield Posted on November 7, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    Desserts, yes please!

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  31. Майя Оверченко Posted on November 8, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Love the meat balls .i make similar ones and wrap them in iceberg leaf or young grape leaf softened in boiling water

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  32. Майя Оверченко Posted on November 8, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Bougainville you know how to make coconut wraps?i have them shipped from i herb but with all the shipping and extra 10% to the dealer and so on its just to expensive I mean it's not not caviar:)

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  33. Майя Оверченко Posted on November 8, 2016 at 12:35 am

    This year we decided to actually make our Christmas tree with baked candy and cookis and staff just a suggestion!as always love your Chanel

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  34. Майя Оверченко Posted on November 8, 2016 at 12:36 am

    Something wrong with my I pad sorry for gbjkuteecmkkuyre:))))

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  35. Marie Inez Posted on November 8, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    yes 1dollar desserts please! and the meatballs are what I'm going to make first TFS ❤

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  36. Marie Inez Posted on November 9, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    hey Alisia was wondering if you cook certain foods for your dog because it has liver disease, how about some videos of food for ppl with compromised livers my sister has fatty liver disease and I'd really enjoy some recipes that I could cook when she visits, its just a suggestion though 😉 love your channel sweetie ❤

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  37. Emma Gabrielle Posted on November 11, 2016 at 2:26 am

    aww it's so cute how she makes her salt and pepper in a yin-yang shape

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  38. ahub87 Posted on November 12, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Is there something one could use instead of avocado or can it be omitted? Unfortunately I am allergic to it 😢

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  39. Kathryn Lee Posted on November 12, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Vegan friendly budget meals please!

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  40. Julie-Laure Bernard Posted on November 12, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thanks, I totally want to try the creamy quesadilla 🙂

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  41. Carlos Lopez Posted on November 13, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    Not my fav……… but it's kid approved Jk

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  42. Everyday Home Life Posted on November 14, 2016 at 2:04 am

    Yes, love the budget meal ideas! We are on a small grocery budget so these are wonderful 🙂

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  43. oteploverfanartsaves Posted on November 14, 2016 at 4:32 am

    omg, i don't know which i moost excited about, they all look soooo good lol

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  44. melbell1009 Posted on November 15, 2016 at 3:58 am

    $1 desserts!!!! 🍰🍮🍧

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  45. Sandra Lumsden Posted on November 20, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    Uh, heck yeah!!!

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  46. Gina Frost Posted on November 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Hello, do you have a recipe book for $1 vegan recipes? Or am I dreamin'

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  47. Undercover Girl Posted on November 26, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    omg love it! Super easy and not impossible ingedrients.. Exactly what I was looking for! Gonna write them all down

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  48. Shweta Desai Posted on November 26, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Does the avocado turn black??

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  49. Alana Posted on December 6, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you so much for the quesadillas! I saw this video yesterday and I've already made it twice😂 it's just so easy and filling!

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  50. Ester Zeferino Posted on December 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    thank you for the treat recipes that is made my time to make lunch for my children so much better and so much healthier so a thousand thank you

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  51. Paula Reilly Posted on December 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Can't wait to try turkey pumpkin meatballs, bought turkey yesterday and now wondering what to cook lol, and yay dairy and gf

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  52. Miss Mercy Posted on January 7, 2017 at 7:01 pm

    I'm glad I found this. Last semester I took a nutrition class and one of my classmates speculated that one of the reasons people don't eat healthy is because it is expensive. "Whole Foods, whole paycheck," she said. And honestly, it's been bothering me ever since. I've been wanting to prove that it is definitely doable and even tasty to eat healthy on a budget, but I felt I didn't have the culinary chops. Thank you so much!

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  53. Nedaa Hamada Posted on January 10, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Excuse me 🙋🏻. What's your program name for doing these videos?? By the way I love ❤️ you so much

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  54. Papa Trizbo Posted on January 31, 2017 at 7:14 pm

    love the vegetarian options

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  55. kayla puckett Posted on February 5, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    $1 meals snacks desserts any and all of those are great. Also would love more than one episode on each category. Really like the vegetarian alternative twists for each dish. Thank You.

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  56. Queen Diana Posted on February 12, 2017 at 11:56 am

    I don't think it's good to buy eggs this cheap. U should rather rise the awareness that a certain price comes with it: animal abuse and harming the environment :/ just my opinion

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  57. TheBex10169 Posted on February 15, 2017 at 2:34 am

    This would definitely cost me a pretty penny in my country. Nothing is budget friendly.

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  58. Ibte_sam ابتسام Posted on February 21, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Sheikh, but had Bacon. Hooooooooow cooooooome? I love your recipes though.

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  59. Rachel B Posted on February 23, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Love this! Would really love to see more budget recipes – I'm always looking for ideas.

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  60. Kayla Posted on February 23, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    woah these actually look like they'll fill me up! :O so cheap too. great vid

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  61. Asmaa S. Posted on February 24, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    I am really reaaaally enjoying this channel ! the videos are super well explained and edited, you keep them short and mostly everything looks VERY APPETIZING ! THANK YOU ! getting the book to support you !

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  62. shelly arkon Posted on March 7, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    Really appreciate paying these videos. Broke my right humerus back in September. Couldn't work so I had to budget my savings. Now working about 15 hours a week. A hairdresser. Still budgeting. These are great recipes when you have 20 to 30 dollars left after paying other bills. Looking forward to seeing more videos like these.

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  63. Bernard stjohn Posted on March 10, 2017 at 1:35 am

    +mind over munch can i use lettuce instead of kale?

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  64. goodsamwise Posted on March 10, 2017 at 3:41 am

    Just pulled the meatballs out of the oven. I'm excited to try it. I have never made meatballs before and mine seem a lot wetter then yours do. Any advice ? I didn't use the bacon so maybe that messed up the ratios. Thanks !

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  65. AstraVex Posted on March 10, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Guess You can call them "Kalesedillas"! 😀 I make these for school all the time now! ^_^

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  66. Liz Lee Posted on March 10, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    Those turkey meatballs look incredible.

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  67. samantha spalding Posted on March 12, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Love all your videos!!💕💻🎥

    Are you no longer vegan?

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  68. SayuriWada Posted on April 3, 2017 at 4:12 pm

    We don't even have canned pumpkin in Germany – can I make it myself and if so, how? Just mash some pumpkin?

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  69. Fatima Posted on April 5, 2017 at 4:07 am

    super Nice video the meatbals and taco's look great.

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  70. cominatrix Posted on April 11, 2017 at 3:04 am

    vegetarian taco salad. im good for life. i always forget that taco seasoning exists.

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  71. Pima Pun Posted on April 11, 2017 at 3:43 pm

    she is so cool

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  72. sanaa33300 Posted on April 19, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Would it also be possible to see the nutrition value of these lunches?

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  73. Lina Husam Posted on April 21, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    Me with one dollar lunches….
    "Hello and this is how u make a one dollar lunch"
    goes to the store
    gets one dollar instant noodles
    goes home and makes noodles
    #lazylife…😂😂😂😂😂

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  74. amnishaw Posted on April 28, 2017 at 2:57 am

    oh I have that shirt. 😡

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  75. Green Acres homestead Vegan cooking Donna King Posted on May 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Premade seasoning usly has milk products also vegan cheese would be great in these

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  76. Green Acres homestead Vegan cooking Donna King Posted on May 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Meatballs can be done with vital wheat gluten

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  77. Whatiwant123 Posted on May 7, 2017 at 7:20 am

    THANK GOD FOR YOU !I'M IN COLLEGE AND YOU KNOW ALL STUDENTS ARE STUGGLIN lol <333333

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  78. piya kamboz Posted on May 11, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    Wallllllaaaaaaaa mind blowing there is grounded meat and bacon 😒😒😒😒😒…….. but then I thought of mashed chickpeas or beans and baked potato chips 🤗🤗and m good to go …….. thank you

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  79. April Stevenson Posted on May 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    All three!!

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  80. Simi V.M Posted on May 28, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    in India $1is equal to 64 rupees approx . and in my place I get a huge lunch with two curries two stir fries (upperi) and a spicy pickle with a whole lot of rice for just 40 rupees . that's so cheap compared to US foods. but here a small serving is so priced.

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  81. S. G Posted on June 8, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    my new favorite channel

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  82. SipsofHope Posted on June 9, 2017 at 11:46 am

    I'm excited to try the chickpea and avocado quesadilla! I have all of the ingredients &my avocado just got ripe! I'm going to try it now! Will take pics!

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  83. Cass H Posted on June 13, 2017 at 8:05 am

    lol avocados are currently $7.50 where i live, so can't do the first one, and a lot of the other vegetables featured (esp. leafy greens) are quite pricey right now too :((

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  84. Taavixx Posted on July 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Wow, why haven't I discovered you earlier! Cheap and healthy, luv it <3

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  85. Laura Belmonte Posted on July 4, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    "Because that is so annoying" haha I agree!! Thanks for this vid. Going to make the first two durig my next meal prep night!

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  86. Drishti Sanger Posted on July 22, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Thank youuu

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  87. willow tree Posted on July 30, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Okay I usually watch your videos and never actually make the recipes (I'm a lazy fart and constantly make excuses to not have to go out and buy the ingredients) but I might actually give these recipes a go! Thanks for never disappointing Ms Sheikh!

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  88. Kylie Bias Posted on August 1, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    So could you use hummus if you dont have chick peas and avocado?

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  89. JOANNA ACEVEDO Posted on August 5, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    Great and yummy ideas!! 😍

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  90. Sierra Siroky Posted on August 7, 2017 at 11:19 am

    🙋🏽This college student greatly appreciates this video!

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  91. Jonathan DPG Posted on August 19, 2017 at 3:16 am

    1$ meals is my favorite series

    I just wish their was less beans in the recipies due to allergies

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  92. Laura Belmonte Posted on August 28, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Going to make the quesadillas and taco salad for my lunches this week! Thank you for this video!

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  93. Noelle Hwang Posted on September 22, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    I really want to make the avocado quesadilla but I don't have chickpeas is there any replacement?

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  94. Ghulam Murtaza Posted on October 21, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    sogeyi ksy benti h

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  95. blueberry_monster Posted on February 5, 2018 at 6:25 pm

    Really? 1$ lunch with avocado (one of the most expensive thing in the kitchen) and store Tortilla? Come on …

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  96. s1r3n1971 Posted on February 24, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Hi Alessia, could you do a simple and quick on the go healthy ethnic food recipes video? Specifically Pakistani cuisine? I’m trying to watch what I eat and really miss home cooked Pakistani food.

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  97. Collin merp Posted on February 25, 2018 at 12:38 am

    What about cholesterol ….

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  98. Shades of Ricoeur Posted on April 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    excellent recipes! I appreciate their budget friendliness and variety!

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  99. Jeana Ferraro Posted on June 15, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    I am excited to try the avocado chickpea idea. Any other healthy budget friendly recipes on the go ideas that don’t need to be warm would be great!

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