Struggle Meals

Struggle Meals

3 Seasons

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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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Struggle Meals
  • Party for Pennies

    Episode 1

    Frankie makes three dishes for a party of four, that when combined, are cheaper than just one meal out for brunch. Then, it's a taco party for five people for only $20!

  • Food Back from the Dead

    Episode 2

    Stale bread, old bananas, canned food, dry foods... they've all gotten a bad wrap, but this is not the end of them yet! Don't let this stuff sit in the pantry, don't let it go to waste - Frankie encourages you to stretch further and cheaper!

  • Wrap it Up!

    Episode 3

    First, Frankie packs a one-two punch of bargain and nutrition with butternut squash in three nostalgic, old school dishes. Then he shows you how to prep portable wraps at home for easy, peasey lunches.

  • Bacon My Heart

    Episode 4

    Versatility is important. These three items - bacon, eggs, and a whole chicken - will feed you a plethora of delicious meals... and for cheap!

  • Instant Gratification

    Episode 5

    Everyone loves carbs! Endlessly versatile, cheap, and super filling - Frankie shows you tricks for pasta, pizza dough, and delicious, easy ramen meals that aren't soup.

  • Cauliflower's Star Power

    Episode 6

    Cauliflower is a star and can be transformed into unexpected dishes. Plus it's delicious and nutritious! Frankie reminds us to buy dried-goods in bulk and makes a big chuck roast that stretches over three dishes.

  • Traveling for Your Tastebuds

    Episode 7

    You don't have to travel half way around the world to try a different cuisine - Italian and Filipino foods are accessible right here, right now.

  • Street Food Faves at Home

    Episode 8

    Frankie makes street food at home. It's fresher, healthier, and cheaper! Then - get ready! - because you've never seen rice like this before.

  • Sweet on You

    Episode 9

    Sweet potatoes and a sweet tooth - Frankie's got you covered on the cheap and full of nutrition. Some times, you've got to indulge!

  • Save Dough, Make Dough

    Episode 10

    Prepping meals at home is cheaper and way more nutritious! Frankie makes portable breakfasts for the work week and forays into the stuffed dough of different cultures.

  • Going With the Grain

    Episode 11

    Frankie teaches you how to prep ingredients to make delicious, healthy meals for a fraction of the time and cost.

  • Fancy Free
    Episode 12

    Fancy Free

    Episode 12

    Going to the movies is expensive! Frankie shows us how to make a delicious TV dinner, popcorn, and dessert, for less than the cost of a movie ticket! Then, French food isn’t all fancy and expensive. These classic peasant dishes are made with fresh affordable, ingredients for hearty meals big on f...

  • The Chicken or the Egg

    Episode 13

    Which came first? In this episode, it's the egg. Frankie shows us both high and low maintenance ways to prepare roasted chicken and eggs for any meal. Who says adulting has to be hard?

  • Frankie's Day Out

    Episode 14

    Frankie shows you how to make a week's worth of meals on a single trip to the grocery store, and then shows you three options for struggle meals on the go.

  • Show Me The Mole

    Episode 15

    Frankie shows you how to make delicious and filling Mexican-inspired dishes for under $2 a plate, and later uses a surprising struggle ingredient in 3 delicious dishes you’ll go nuts for.

  • Potatoes Gonna Potate

    Episode 16

    Who knew potatoes are not only affordable, but nutrient rich? Frankie is cookin’ up 3 potato dishes that are guaranteed to fill you up, and later a trio of delicious pancakes with a surprising twist.