4 Mini recipes that'll cost you just $5

Claire Gallam

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We've all heard of the $5 footlong, but there are so many other, far more delicious things you can eat for just $5. How about a blueberry pancake sammie or a pizza-stuffed popover? These delicious recipes will cost you just five bucks and taste so much better than a footlong.

And they don't require any weird ingredients or you wearing pants! These can be made in the comfort of your own home for your entire family. And really, how cute are mini foods? Totally makes dinner and breakfast just a little bit more fun, don't you think?

1. Mini blueberry pancake sammies

Mini blueberry pancake sammies

Serves about 6. Total cost: About $4

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons AP flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons egg beaters
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon melted butter
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 6 slices bacon, cooked
  • Syrup for garnish
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, salt, baking powder and sugar together. Add the egg beaters, milk and melted butter. Stir mixture to combine. Gently fold in blueberries.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Using a tablespoon, scoop pancake batter onto the skillet and cook until golden brown on each side, about 3 to 5 minutes.
  3. Cut the bacon pieces in half. Stack 1 pancake with a slice of bacon (cut in half) with another pancake and use a toothpick to hold together. Serve with whipped cream and syrup.

2. Mini baked apple oatmeals

Mini baked apple oatmeals

Serves about 8. Total cost: About $4

Ingredients: 

  • 2-1/2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 2 apples, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • About 1 cup granola
  • Whipped cream

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 8 ramekins with nonstick cooking spray and place in a large baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, milk, cream, brown sugar, apple pie spice, apples and pecans. Fill each ramekin about 3/4 the way full with mixture.
  3. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until most of the liquid is evaporated. Serve with 2 tablespoons of crunchy granola (for a great texture!) and serve with whipped cream.

3. Mini vegetarian pot pies

Mini vegetarian pot pies

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury

Serves about 8.

Total cost: About $5

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups frozen vegetables (I used a soup mix with okra, green beans, carrots, peas)
  • 1 can Grands biscuits
  • 1 can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Carefully press each biscuit into the muffin tin cavities, pressing up the sides to evenly cover.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the soup, frozen veggies and 3/4 cup of the cheddar cheese.
  4. Fill each biscuit cavity with a heaping spoonful of filling. Top remaining fillings with remaining cheese, salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Garnish each pot pie with cilantro.

4. Mini pepperoni pizza bundles

Mini pepperoni pizza bundles

Serves about 15. Total cost: About $5

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cans Pillsbury canned biscuits (15 total biscuits)
  • 45 slices pepperoni
  • 8 mozzarella sticks
  • About 1 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 2-1/2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • Pizza sauce for dipping

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease a large 9 x 13-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray. Mix the Parmesan cheese with Italian seasoning.
  2. Gently roll out each biscuit. Fill each biscuit with 3 slices of pepperoni, 1/2 mozzarella stick (cut in bite-size pieces) and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese/Italian seasoning mixture. Gently fold the biscuit dough back over the filling and press the edges together to seal.
  3. Place the biscuits seam side down into the baking sheet. Brush the tops with 1 teaspoon of melted butter and sprinkle with a dash of Parmesan cheese and a dash more of seasoning.
  4. Bake for 18 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with pizza sauce.

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Claire Gallam
Claire is an aspiring nutritionist (and soon to be culinary student) with a serious addiction to bacon, wine, goat cheese and online shopping. She is recently married to a social media guru who loves *almost* everything she conjures up. In addition to writing for the Food section of SheKnows, she is a full-time recipe creator (and taste tester), a writer for FabulousFoods.com and a contributing writer for the Home and Gardening section of SheKnows. You can also follow her daily musings and find delicious healthy recipes on her food blog, The Realistic Nutritionist.