vegetarian tacos with cheese vegetarian tacos with cheese No need to survive on chips and ramen when you've got easy-to-make alternatives. (Photo: Charlotte Lake / Shutterstock)

No kitchen required: Surprising healthy meals you can make for under $5

Great ideas if you're traveling or just aren't too into cooking.

On the road and running short on cash? Too busy studying for finals to cook, but too broke to eat out? Here are some healthy, inexpensive meals that are simple to make. No long lists of ingredients or complicated cooking procedures or even kitchens here: just barebones stuff, because every meal doesn't have to be a project.

Mango tacos

mango tacoAdd a scoop of salsa on top if you're feeling fancy. (Photo: Leigh Anne Meeks/Shutterstock)

Ingredients: whole wheat tortilla wrap + tomato + canned black beans + shredded lettuce + mango

Instructions: Cut up the tomato and mango into small pieces. Lay a tortilla flat and spread each of the other ingredients onto it. Meat is optional.


Avocado supreme sandwich

avocado sandwichFeel free to customize this sandwich using whichever veggies you want. (Photo: Nick Hurski/Shutterstock)

Ingredients: rye bread + avocado + sliced cheese + tomato + sprouts + carrot + cucumber + red cabbage + balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Instructions: A very simple sandwich: just slice the veggies, put them on the bread and drizzle some balsamic vinaigrette over them before adding the cheese.


Tofu rolls

thai wrapYou can take these up a notch by adding a little garlic. (Photo: PongMoji/Shutterstock)

Ingredients: flour tortilla + raw firm tofu + shredded lettuce + carrot + fish sauce

Instructions: Put the shredded lettuce on the tortilla, then cut up the carrots into small pieces and add them too. Cut the tofu into cubes and add it, then throw on some fish sauce. Roll up the tortilla.


Deviled eggs

deviled eggsThe first deviled eggs were made in ancient Rome. (Photo: Vania Georgieva/Shutterstock)

Ingredients: hard-boiled eggs + mayonnaise + mustard

Instructions: Cut each egg in half. Pull out all the yolks, and mash them up in a bowl with a fork. Add in mayonnaise and mustard to taste until you get a toothpaste-like consistency. Spoon the yolk mixture back into the egg whites. If you're feeling adventurous, try using hummus in your deviled eggs.


Frill-free guacamole

Quick, easy and fresh guacamole is the perfect centerpiece for this veggie spread.Quick, easy and fresh guacamole is the perfect centerpiece for this veggie spread. (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Ingredients: ripe, mushy avocado + small onion + tomato + lime + salt

Instructions: Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Then scoop out all the avocado fruit and mash it up with a fork. Chop the onion and tomato, and add them to the mix. Squeeze some lime in and add salt while continuing to mix. Enjoy with tortilla chips or, if you really want to be healthy, carrots. This stuff'll fill you up pretty quick.

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