You have to check out $5 Dinners. There are some great ideas posted every day. Each week she has a challenge for her readers to come up with even more $5 dinners. Here's my selection for the week.
Cost is hard to break down, but is easily less than $5.
1 can of beef broth (beef bullion and water works too)
1/4 cup fresh potatoes (cut up)
1/4 cup fresh carrots (cut up)
1 stalk of celery (cut up)
chopped onion to taste
1/4 cup frozen corn
1/4 cup frozen peas
1 to 2 Tbsp barley (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Pour broth in medium size pot.
2. Place fresh vegetables and barley in broth and bring to boil.
3. Let simmer 10 minutes on medium low.
4. Add frozen vegetables.
5. Let simmer another 10 minutes on medium low.
6. Serve up.
**Any combination of fresh or frozen vegetables works. Keep in mind frozen vegetables don't usually need as much time to cook. You can always add more of one or the other, too. Leftover meat, such as steak can be added. Also a can of water can be used to thin out the broth. **