Friday, March 9, 2018

Thrifty Meals Around $5 Or Less! - Egg Roll In A Bowl

I haven't shared a $5 Or Less meal prep for quite a while so it is about time I suppose I did.  This one is not just thrifty, it is super quick, super easy and best of all super tasty!

Egg Roll In A Bowl

1 lb ground pork, beef, chicken or turkey
1 pkg. shredded coleslaw mix
1/2 medium onion, diced
1 Tbs. minced garlic
1 tsp. ground ginger
3 Tbs. soy sauce

In a wok or large skillet cook the pork and onion, add remaining ingredients, stir and cook until cabbage begins to soften.  Remove from heat and serve.

Cook up meat & onions, I used pork

Some simple seasonings
I bought these at the dollar store

Condiments of your choice
I had a handful of snow peas I chopped up and threw in
Add your cabbage

I told you it was simple.

This is my serving, no rice and topped with a little
chili paste and a drizzle of toasted sesame oil

You can enjoy this just as is but if you want to you can serve it over rice.  I love it on its own, but my girls prefer it with rice.  I also set out condiments like sweet chili sauce (like you would dip an egg roll in), Thai chili paste, additional soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, even hot mustard.

This is it how it breaks down:

Ground Pork - $1.31
Coleslaw mix - 98¢
Onion - 15¢

Total = $2.44

Rice - 25¢

Total = $2.69

Meat prices vary.  I find ground pork anywhere from $1.79 to $2.49 a pound.  In this case I found it on markdown which saved me quite a bit.  Same with coleslaw mix, 98¢ to $1.39 a bag.

Not only a thrifty meal that would easily feed four people but also very healthy.  So here you go, a tasty budget stretching meal.  I know we'll be adding this one to our meal plans on a fairly regular basis.

In some cases costs are approximated.  Groceries prices vary depending on where you live.  I don't include condiments, oils, herbs and spices when I figure the cost of a meal as it would be incredibly tedious to do so.   Plus condiments are subjective as each person uses more or less.


  1. This looks delicious! I'm going to try it :o)


  2. This looks fantastic, We will have to try this. My girls will want the rice too I am sure.

  3. Yum! I think I'll make this but without the meat. My daughter is pescatarian. Thanks for the recipe :)


  4. I made something similar using sausage for the meat. My recipe used way too much soy sauce, but otherwise we enjoyed it. I hope to try it again with less soy!

    1. I like to error on the side of caution when it comes to soy sauce. You can always add more, but you sure can't take it out, can you? Sausage would be really good in this. I may try that next time. Good idea! :)

  5. I love egg rolls but rarely have them. The innards are the best part. This looks easy and delicious.

  6. Yum!!!! I'll bet it would be good over quinoa too!

  7. Made this with shrimp, and topped it with that chili-type eggroll sauce you get in Vietnamese restaurants. Absolutely delicious...the Brick (husband) liked it, too. Yet so simple!

    1. I just pulled shrimp out of the freezer. I'm going to make this with that tonight! I have some egg roll sauce too. Yum!


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