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    >>> for dinner? quick fix meals for under $5. you don't have to grab pizza when you're busy to feed the family. robin miller , the author of "robin rescues dinner" has easy recipes. good to see you.

    >> you, too, al.

    >> $5 per serving or the meal.

    >> for the whole meal.

    >> $15 to feed a family of four, max.

    >> you got it. dessert serves more than four so you can have friends over.

    >> what are we starting with?

    >> the reason "ring of fire" is it's fast and fiery. we're going to add spice. spinach, fettuc krrkfettuccini alfredo. we want a thick sauce. we're also cutting back on calories.

    >> you already cooked --

    >> you can get spinach noodles. pasta is an economical way to go. i will tell you where to get this. this is a new blog on food network . it's healthy eats. find it there. foodnetwork.com/healthyeats. it gets all nice and thick and wonderful. shredded parmesan cheese .

    >> yes.

    >> here's the spice. you can get seasoning blends now that are spicy and salt-free or get them with salt. but try to find salt-free.

    >> you have the salt in the cheese already.

    >> you got it. there are tongs.

    >> here they are.

    >> oh, you took them away. you toss and i'll season. you can choose -- this is a great family meal. people say, how do i get my kids to eat -- kids will love the color. this is a fun dish at $4.15. put it next to -- these are parmesan-broiled tomatoes. get whatever tomato looks good in the market. that's a nice serving, al. make it look pretty this way -- spin it.

    >> oh!

    >> you know that. it's a little bit better. so the parmesan cheese , you put on top of tomatoes. pop them under the broiler. that's $4.25. coconut macaroons. we have the yolk, the white, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. i will whisk this. add some shredded, sweetened coconut. these make 24 cookies for $4.90. let's get the whisk out of there. just mix it together, four ingredients. you could add almonds, chocolate chips . put it on a baking sheet. you can use this little scoop. isn't it cute?

    >> sure.

    >> they come out. you can eat them like this or dunk them in chocolate.

    >> ooh.

    >> you can do so many different things and it makes 24 cookies.

    >> $15.

    >> max. you can also get tomatoes on sale.

    >> a lot of produce is a little on the pricey side now.

    >> that's right. depends where it's coming from and what's in season. when i was in store i saw gorgeous tomatoes i could smell from across the aisle. they looked good, they were on sale. let that be your guide.

    >> as far as fettuccini, how do you add protein here?

    >> add nuts, grilled chicken , grilled shrimp. using up leftovers is a great way to stretch a maeal. grilled chicken from the night before and you have a perfectly balanced meal and you have used up leftovers.

    >> food prices have been rising like crazy from breakfast cereals to staples. what do you suggest to stretch the dollar?

    >> i mean a coupon clipper. there are coupons, special sales, all the stores have club where is you swipe the card and you get more off of your total purchase. that's what -- i always look for the yellow stickers or whatever and shop seasonally, locally. those are great ways to save money and support your local farmers and the people in your neighborhood.

    >> robin, thank you very much.

    >> my pleasure.

    >> of course the recipes are on our website. we'll also link to robin's blog on food network . we have more music from adele coming up.

TODAY recipes
updated 2/17/2011 8:05:30 PM ET 2011-02-18T01:05:30

If you are short on time, you don’t have to resort to getting fast food or popping a frozen meal in the microwave. Nutritionist and Food Network host Robin Miller, author of “Robin Rescues Dinner” and many other cookbooks, shows how to make a meal that’s fast, easy and, of course, tasty. And the ingredients for each recipe cost under $5 each.

Recipe: Spicy fettuccini alfredo (on this page) Recipe: Parmesan broiled tomatoes (on this page) Recipe: Coconut macaroons (on this page)

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Recipe: Spicy fettuccini alfredo

Ingredients
  • 1 pound fettuccine
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons extra spicy seasoning blend (preferably salt-free)
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Preparation

Cook the fettuccine according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, whisk together the milk, egg and seasoning in a large saucepan and set the pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer. Simmer for 3 to 5 minutes, until sauce thickens. Stir in the cooked fettuccine and cheese and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until cheese melts. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Serving Size

4 servings. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 15 minutes.

Recipe: Parmesan broiled tomatoes

Ingredients
  • Cooking spray
  • 4 large beefsteak tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preparation

Preheat the broiler.  Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray.

Halve the tomatoes crosswise (through the equator, not from stem end to bottom). Place the tomatoes flesh-side up on the prepared pan and brush the tops with the olive oil. Season the top of each tomato with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Combine the Parmesan cheese and garlic powder and mix well to combine. Sprinkle the mixture on the top of each tomato.

Broil 5 to 7 minutes, until the tops are golden brown and tomatoes soften. Sprinkle the parsley over top just before serving.  

Serving Size

4 servings. Prep time: 10 minutes. Cooking time: 5-7 minutes.

Recipe: Coconut macaroons

Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 large egg white
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
Preparation

Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.

Whisk together the condensed milk, egg white, vanilla and salt. Fold in the coconut until well blended. Drop the dough by tablespoonfuls onto the prepared pans, about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Cool the pans on racks until the macaroons are completely cool.

Serving Size

Makes 24 cookies (2 cookies per serving). Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 20-25 minutes.

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