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Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 – 40 minutes


  • 3 frozen tilapia fillets ($2.50)
  • 1 cup rice ($.50)
  • 2-3 broccoli heads ($1.25) (I used squash in the picture…only $.75…makes this meal under $4!)
  • Lemon juice ($.10)
  • Seafood Seasoning (Dill, Garlic, Lemon) ($.10)


  • Thaw fillets or cook frozen, as directed on package. (I buy the kind that are frozen individually and have no preservatives!)
  • Cook 1 cup rice in 2 1/2 cups water. I usually add a little seasoning and lemon juice as the rice is cooking to get a continuity of flavors in the meal.
  • Steam broccoli 3-5 minutes in microwave or in steamer.

Cost $4.45

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  1. beth@thenaturalmommy says

    What is the serving size on a meal like this? Do you have children? Or are you just feeding your hubby and yourself?

  2. $5 Dinner Mom says

    For this meal, I make 3 fish fillets. One for hubby and me, and one for my 2 boys. I will make 2-3 broccoli heads, depending on their size so that hubby and I get a larger one and the boys get a few of the “trees!” 1 cup of uncooked rice is just enough to feed our family. Hope this helps!

  3. Shirley says

    I love everything “Tilapia ” You mentioned that you marinate the fillets and freeze them.
    How do you make you marinade ? It sounded delicious.

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