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Bulgur-lentil soup with mint: 63 cents/serving

Few things are more healthily filling than the combination of bulgur and lentils, and few things are more simple and inexpensive to make than soup. Why not combine them? (And use up some more of the weed-like mint that has now aggressively popped up in almost every part of the garden?) This soup certainly won’t win any awards for innovation, but it’s warm, comforting, and so hearty that B. and I were completely stuffed after our single 63-cent servings.

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Kisir lettuce wraps: $1.83/serving

If you only think of tabbouleh as a depressing selection from the hippie co-op deli case, this revved-up Turkish version, packed with savory tomato and spiked with both pomegranate arils and pomegranate molasses, might just change your mind about the utility of bulgur.

If you’ve never tried bulgur (plain ground wheat, basically), it can best be described as a more texturally satisfying, higher-protein version of couscous, and is in fact so filling that one dry cup’s worth will completely stuff three people. Some form of Turkish tabbouleh, or kisir, is often on a mezze platter if you ever go to a Middle Eastern restaurant, but I love this version best, adapted from “Plenty,” by Yotam Ottololenghi.

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