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Struggle Meals

The struggle is real, but it doesn’t mean your food has to suffer. Chef Frankie Celen...more

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Game Day
Episode 1

Game Day

Frankie throws a game day party for under $25. Game days aren’t for dinner parties but they are a day for some fan-favorite finger foods, especially those you can make in advance. Frankie makes three no-fuss appetizers that are cheaper, healthier, and
Winter is Here
Episode 2

Winter is Here

It’s the dead of winter in Frankie’s kitchen, which means it’s that time for hearty, delicious, and warming meals. Cooking is one of the best activities to do during these cold, dark months because you’ve got the oven on to keep your flannel
Valentine's Day
Episode 3

Valentine's Day

Frankie prepares a Valentine’s Day dinner for under $15 with a bistro-style theme to up the romance. Why go to a crowded restaurant for an overpriced prix-fixe menu with bad service when you can prepare a simple yet decadent romantic meal at home for a
Beans Beans Beans
Episode 4

Beans Beans Beans

Dried beans are the most affordable and healthy way to prepare them, with very little effort to boot. Frankie will teach the basics of preparing beans from scratch while making super tasty recipes. We also take a field trip to the grocery store to shop
Rent Week
Episode 5

Rent Week

It’s that time, the first of the month, when you spend your whole paycheck on rent and bills. Your fridge is looking pretty sad and the grocery budget is low. Frankie cooks up some go-to pantry meals and also teaches us how to better prepare for this
Mushroom Mania
Episode 6

Mushroom Mania

Frankie takes us on a magical mushroom trip. Not that kind but hey, no judgement. You may not get the trippy visions or fall in love with a tree, but mushrooms for every day meals are magical in their own special way. They’re packed with nutritional
No Kitchen No Problem
Episode 7

No Kitchen No Problem

Frankie teaches us a few easy and inventive “no-kitchen” hacks for delicious struggly meals. Just because you’re dorm living, road tripping, motel living, or haven’t gotten that bachelor pad in shape yet, doesn’t mean you can’t make tasty
Spring Fling
Episode 8

Spring Fling

Spring is in the air which means a whole new world opens up in the produce department, especially all the greens. Frankie does what he does best and teaches us how to cook with mother nature, spring-style. It’s tasty, seasonably affordable, and pretty
Spice Is Nice
Episode 9

Spice Is Nice

Flavor, flavor, flavor. Frankie shows us the way around the spice cabinet. You know that area in your pantry that collects dust? Well get ready to dust it off. All it takes is a couple primary dried spices to make a variety of homemade spice blends.
Root-to-Stem
Episode 10

Root-to-Stem

Frankie teaches us how to use whole vegetables, from root-to-stem, which means no food goes to waste. Learn how to use those leafy green tops you thought were for decoration. Or vegetable stalks you would normally throw away. Those are like free bonus

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Struggle Meals

The struggle is real, but it doesn’t mean your food has to suffer. Chef Frankie Celenza shows you how to make delicious meals for under $2 a plate.

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