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You Can Make Dinner For A Week With $25

This goes out to all the broke, hungry college kids out there.

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We college kids seriously don't have the time (or the money) to splurge on expensive meals. Luckily for y'all, we've created a recipe series that is fast, easy, and cheap, and it takes the guesswork out of cooking to give you a week's worth of awesome dinners.

With just $25 and a trip to Trader Joe's, you can make these five ridiculously easy gourmet meals. Yes, this is for real.

The best part? You'll use all of the ingredients in their entirety.

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What you will need for a week of awesome dinners:

* Fresh mozzarella

* Canned corn

* Black beans

* Red bell pepper

* Green bell pepper

* Roma tomatoes

* Yellow onion

* Russet potato

* Tomato paste

* Garlic

* Salad mix

* Basil

* Brown rice medley

* Chicken

* Focaccia bread

… for a total of $24.49.

Monday: Black Bean Burger and Oven Fries

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Start the week off right. This black bean burger is crispy on the outside and flavorful on the inside, and the fries are cooked in peanut oil – so they taste freakin’ awesome. Feel free to kick up the spiciness of the burger by throwing in some extra hot sauce or cayenne pepper. Get this dinner recipe here.


Wednesday: Focaccia Pizza

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This is the simplest, tastiest, and prettiest dinner out there. And you don’t have to limit yourself to cheese – got some leftover peppers or chicken? Throw ’em on there for a new version of this simple dish. Learn how here.

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