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30 minute meal for under $5

May 9, 2017
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[Hey y’all. This is a guest post from my younger sister Laura. She’s super cool and in a different phase of life, so I thought it’d be cool to share her thoughts here. Off you go…]

If you’re anything like me, cooking just isn’t something you have the time for, and when you’re on a budget, it makes it even harder. I love to cook, but between working, volunteering, and preparing for my MCAT, I honestly don’t have the time to cook so I’m always looking for fast and easy meals to get in my belly so I can get back to everything else I have to do. The same goes for busy moms, students with a crazy schedule, and pretty much anyone else looking to make a quick meal while on a budget.

So this recipe was actually inspired by a Hamburger helper meal I made. I made a chicken fried rice that was fantastic. It is definitely something great to keep in the pantry so I decided I wanted to make my own version – a little less sodium and I would know exactly what I was eating. So this recipe feed four and costs only about $5, depending on where you shop.

Banana Ice Cream

Banana Ice Cream


  • Three Bananas
  • Blender
  • Toppings or Mix-ins of your choosing


  1. Peel the bananas and cut the into pieces – the smaller the pieces the faster it is going to blend.
  2. Put it in an air tight container and put it in the freezer for at least 3 hours. (I forgot about them so I left it in there for two days, but frozen bananas don’t go bad – I think).
  3. Put it in a blender and blend it until smooth – you can add a little vanilla or any other kind of extract at this point if you want.
  4. When your ice cream is smooth it is ready to go back into an airtight container and pop it in the freezer until you’re ready to serve. You can add other mix ins like chocolate chips or just leave it as topping.
  5. Serve and dig in. I topped mine with blueberries and it is amazing and definitely killing my ice cream craving.

Thirty minutes from fridge to belly. The best of this recipe is that you can quickly adapt it to anything you have in the fridge. You can always change up the seasoning for a different flavor, change up the veggies for a little extra pizzazz, or add a little egg to make it feel like actual chicken fried rice from the Chinese place. If you are adding egg, as soon as it is ready, just toss two eggs in the middle of the pan and scramble them right into the rice.

Super easy and simple, and it tastes fantastic. I love to make this when people come over for dinner because it’s super fast and simple and everyone always compliments how wonderful is.

And I almost forgot the best part, since you cook everything in one pan, clean up is a breeze! Definitely a dish you’ll want to try on those days you just don’t have the time or energy to be in the kitchen, but your budget is just a little too tight to eat out on.

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