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What To Do With $30/Day? Visit These 30 Exotic And Cheap Cities Around The World

What To Do With $30/Day? Visit These 30 Exotic And Cheap Cities Around The World

Traveling to exotic places around the world doesn’t have to be something that costs hundreds of dollars everyday. Using a great tool called the “daily backpacker index” from priceoftravel.com, I found thirty cities that you can explore for less than thirty dollars per day!

These cities are all across the globe and are some of the coolest places to visit. So now that my work is done, it’s up to you, which one will you be traveling to first?

1. Pokhara, Nepal: $14.32/Day

    Flickr/Christophe

    This super cheap city is the tourist capital of Nepal. Pokhara is known for its treks, one of the most famous being Annapurna. You should only expect to pay a few dollars for every meal and beers can be found for less than two dollars!

    2. Kiev, Ukraine: $16.73/Day

    Kiev, Ukraine

      Flickr/Irisha

      This city is cheap compared to many other European cities which can cost upwards of seventy dollars per day. They struggle for tourists in this area of Europe since it’s off the main course that many travelers take. You can find attractions for less than a dollar per person.

      3. Phnom Penh, Cambodia: $21.95/Day

      Phnom Penh, Cambodia

        Flickr/Peter Collins

        This SE Asian city is the perfect place for anyone looking to travel on the cheap. Food is only a few dollars and things like bottled water can be found for only fifty cents. It would be a struggle to spend a lot of money here.

        4. Bangkok, Thailand: $22.33/Day

        Bangkok Canal

          Flickr/Eric Magnuson

          Things like attractions and even airfare can be found around here for cheap. The prices of attractions vary, but many temples cost less than two dollars. If you feel like going all out, you only have to pay fifteen dollars and you can visit the Grand Palace.

          5. La Paz, Bolivia: $22.24/Day

          La Paz, Bolivia

            Flickr/Ben Cumming

            The high towering city sits between 10,000 to 13,300 feet above sea level depending on the area. You can find transportation for as little as a few dimes depending on what kind you take. Taxi’s are a bit more expensive, so I suggest taking public transportation when possible, but even then the prices are not staggering.

            6. Chiang Mai, Thailand: $18.10/Day

            Kalare Night Bazaar - Chiang Mai, Thailand

              Flickr/AG Gilmore

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              The second largest city in Thailand boasts many free attractions and extremely cheap three-star hotel rooms. Transportation is only a few dollars per trip and beer can be found for less than a dollar.

              7. Cusco, Peru: $26.93/Day

              Cusco, Perú

                Flickr/Gustavo Vargas

                A very common tourist destination due to Machu Picchu, it’s also quite cheap. There are a few more expensive parts to the area like flights to Cusco as well as the train from Ollantaytambo to Machu Pichu, which can cost over a hundred dollars.

                8. Quito, Ecuador: $22.30/Day

                Quito-Ecuador

                  Flickr/Christian Cadena

                  The city has hostels and hotel rooms for very little as well as food. Many of their main attractions are free as well. It’s safe to say that a day exploring this city isn’t going to even come close to breaking the bank.

                  9. Vientiane, Laos: $21.32/Day

                  Pha That Luang, Vientiane, Laos I

                    Flickr/Samnang Danou

                    This city is known for being very modern, one of their attractions for example is a large water park that opened in 2008. You can find attractions that only cost a few dimes and you can find rice whiskey and beer for just over a dollar.

                    10. Manila, Philippines: $25.52/Day

                    Manila City View

                      Flickr/Joe Forjette

                      It’s easy to find free things to do in the massive city as well as transportation that can easily be found for less than a dollar. The hotels range in price from being very inexpensive to being very expensive.

                      11. Kathmandu, Nepal: $18.45/Day

                      Kathmandu Valley Sunset

                        Flickr/Mike Behnken

                        Depending on how picky you are, you can find some of the cheapest hostels and hotels on the planet, but they can come in pretty shady conditions. You only have to pay a little extra though to get something that is comfortable. Kathmandu is also less than one hundred miles away from Mt. Everest if you would like to see the giant.

                        12. Bali, Indonesia $27.66/Day
                        Bali, Indonesia

                          Flickr/Armando Torrealba

                          Home to Kuta, which is one of the best places to find travel deals, you can relax on the beach all day. They are known for their awesome nightlife and for surfing. You can rent out a surfboard for between two and seven dollars.

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                          13. Phuket, Thailand: $26.75/Day

                          Phuket, Thailand

                            Flickr/Jeremy Jones

                            Known for its excellent beaches, Phuket is an island that is in the southern part of Thailand. You can find attractions for only a few dollars or go all out on an all-day snorkeling tour for less than eighty dollars.

                            14. Krakow, Poland: $27.86/Day

                            Krakow, Poland

                              Flickr/Nick Salmond

                              No matter how little your budget is, you will be able to explore the cities main attractions like museums and palaces. You can get into the Wawel Castle for less than six dollars and if you go at the right time, you can get in for free!

                              15. Yangon, Myanmar: $27.83/Day

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                                Flickr/Jose Javier Martin Espartosa

                                The largest city in Myanmar has been rising in prices recently, but is still very cheap. It’s actually a fairly new tourist city since the tourism boycott was lifted in 2012. Hotels are now just beginning to pop up!

                                16. San Jose, Costa Rica: $29.43/Day

                                Parque Morazán Hidden Behind the Trees

                                  Flickr/Richie Diesterheft

                                  Although it’s one of the more expensive cities in Central America, it’s still pretty cheap. You can find all three meals for only a few dollars each and beers for less than two. You can also get a ‘Guaro shot,’ which is sugar-cane alcohol served with a lime wedge for fifty cents if you want to get your drink on.

                                  17. Cairo, Egypt: $26.76/Day

                                  Islamic Cairo

                                    Flickr/Joonas Plaan

                                    One of the greatest skills you can have on the road is the ability to bargain and that comes in handy while in Cairo. You can get a car to be at your service for an entire day for an affordable price, cheaper food, and you can pick up even better deals at hotels.

                                    18. Sofia, Bulgaria: $25.42/Day

                                    Sofia, Bulgaria, Vitosha Boul

                                      Flickr/Stella

                                      Eastern Europe is a cheap area all around and Sofia isn’t any different. You can get into many free attractions, find reasonable prices on food, and find comfortable hotels. Transportation can be a bit expensive, so I suggest watching which method you take to get around the city.

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                                      19. Panama City, Panama: $27.72/Day

                                      HDR of Panama City, Panama

                                        Flickr/Matthew Straubmuller

                                        This city has been a tourist favorite of late, so the best time to go to assure low prices is right now, in case they increase as the popularity of the area does. Right now you can find food and transportation for only a few dollars.

                                        20. Hoi An, Vietnam: $23.13/Day

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                                          Flickr/Joseph Hunkins

                                          It’s easy to have a good night out here as the beer is only a few dimes (if not less) and they have dollar cocktails. The food is also extremely cheap. You can get a room with AC, cable, fridge, and Wi-Fi for next to nothing.

                                          21  Marrakesh, Morocco: $29.94/Day

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                                            Flickr/Grand Parc – Bordeaux, France

                                            The overall prices of this city are very cheap, but you have to be careful where you book your rooms since they can be very low quality. The best places to get food are at street carts and the local restaurants.

                                            22. Delhi, India: $21.54/Day

                                            Connaught Place sunset

                                              Flickr/Ville Miettinen

                                              Another massive city, it can be explored for relatively cheap if you plan ahead. You can get into Humayaun’s Tomb for only four dollars and the Taj Mahal for a little over twelve.

                                              23. Beijing, China: $28.41/Day

                                              People Relaxing in a Beijing Park

                                                Flickr/Gordon McMullan

                                                Planning ahead to figure out where you want to stay and which attractions you want to go to is the best method to travel here, since they can get rather expensive if you’re not careful. One great place to go is the Forbidden city which only costs ten dollars!

                                                24. Hanoi, Vietnam: $15.79/Day

                                                Hanoi dawn

                                                  Flickr/Yen H Nguyen

                                                  One of the cheapest cities on this list, Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam. You can explore the Hoa Lo Prison where many people, including John McCain, served time in, for less than a dollar.

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                                                  25. Saigon, Vietnam $18.16/Day

                                                  Ho Chi Minh City District 1

                                                    Flickr/Tim Lam

                                                    Also known as Ho Chi Minh City, it’s another extremely cheap city in Vietnam. You can take a one hour cyclo ride for only  two or three dollars and find food and alcohol for less than five dollars.

                                                    26. Luang Prabang, Laos: $21.65/Day

                                                    Luangprabang 15

                                                      Flickr/Attila Terbócs

                                                      You can find some great guesthouses around the city as well as many different types of hotels for you to choose from, depending on how much luxury you want on your trip. There are also many great and cheap restaurants in the city that you can enjoy.

                                                      27. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina: $28.48/Day

                                                      Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina - bridge over the Miljacka

                                                        Flickr/jaime.silva

                                                        The European city is very cheap and is trying to get more tourists after recovering the the mid-90s wars, which makes it a great place to find cheap food and accommodation. You can eat three meals here for as little as ten dollars.

                                                        28. Belgrade, Serbia: $27.52/Day

                                                        Belgrade Cityscape

                                                          Flickr/Jovan Marković

                                                          Like Sarajevo, they are also struggling to bring in tourists. You can find hotels and hostels for a good mix of comfort and price. Attractions and food are also very cheap.

                                                          29. Bucharest, Romania: $24.24/Day

                                                          Dambovita, Bucuresti, Romania

                                                            Flickr/Gaspar Serrano

                                                            This is the next big destination on my travel bucket list because of the prices. You can explore the village museum for only three dollars and even less if you’re a student. The Parliament Palace (the second largest building in the world) is less than eight dollars and that even includes a tour.

                                                            30. Jakarta, Indonesia: $25.25/Day

                                                            Jakarta Rooftopping At Night.

                                                              Flickr/kaybee07

                                                              Jakarta is a massive city that is known for being hot and humid, but the prices are excellent. Food and attractions are only a few dollars and the hotels are inexpensive as well.

                                                              Now that you know about all of these amazing places, how about checking out my other article to learn how you can travel them for even less? I wrote about some of my favorite budget travel tips and you can find that article here:40 Budget Travel Tips That Every Wanderlust Should Know.

                                                              Featured photo credit: kaybee07 via flickr.com

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                                                              40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                                                              40 Healthy And Really Delicious Meals You Can Make Under $5

                                                              Ever had those moments where you really wanted to eat something delicious and healthy but didn’t have the financials means to do so? Whether you’re a student or parent, this compilation of 40 great, healthy, and inexpensive recipes will make every night special and help you get fit! No more meals where you have to force the food down! It’s time to make that budget your best friend and turn it into great recipes. Enjoy!

                                                              1. Fish Tacos in Crunchy Shells ($3.56 per serving)

                                                              Is there a better way to end the day than a Fish Taco dinner filled with protein and nutrients and is easy on the wallet? This recipe calls for a boys’ or girls’ night in front of a good movie or game.

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                                                                2. Mini-Meatball Noodle Soup ($3.43 per serving)

                                                                We’ve heard of the delicious spaghetti and meatballs recipes, but imagine having that same meatball goodness in a soup? It’s like Christmas in a bowl. Healthy, warm, and only $3.43 per serving.

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                                                                  3. Spaghetti and (Vegan) Meatballs ($2.13 per serving)

                                                                  Now it’s time to look at the traditional spaghetti and meatballs recipe, but with a little twist: vegan meatballs. This way, you can enjoy the Italian tradition without adding on the extra calories. I’m sold!

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                                                                    4. Kabocha Squash and Lentils ($3.12 per serving)

                                                                    Absolutely delicious way to end the day with a Kabocha Squash and lentils dinner. The beauty of this recipe is that you can actually make many other things from the mixture, from dips to full-on meals. All under $5 per serving.

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                                                                      5. Baked Coconut Lentils ($0.91 per serving)

                                                                      Coconuts are always a good idea, but it doesn’t have to be eaten only for dessert or breakfast. With this great recipe, you can now eat a lunch or dinner filled proteins and a coconut twist. Yum!

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                                                                        6. Easy Marinated Roasted Chicken ($3.40 per serving)

                                                                        We love chicken and at less than $5 per serving, we are in heaven with this recipe. Add some vegetables and rice on the side and you’ve got yourself a full meal!

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                                                                          7. Organic Greens and Goat Cheese Gratin ($2.36 per serving)

                                                                          This is absolutely divine. You get in your healthy greens and your fat macros with this great recipe. Takes only a few minutes to make and it’s easy on the wallet. Bon Appetite!

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                                                                            8. Beef Pot Roast ($3.22 per serving)

                                                                            One word: perfect. This meal will warm your insides and fill you up with the high protein content.

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                                                                              9. Fajita-Style Quesadillas ($0.43 per serving)

                                                                              If you want to eat Mexican tonight but want to stay in your budget, this Quesadilla recipe is your best friend. It’s tasty and filled with healthy ingredients for less than a dollar per serving.

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                                                                                10. Fish Tostadas with Chili Lime Cream ($2.82 per serving)

                                                                                Another great lunch idea for the busy days ahead. Prep this in the morning or the night before and you’ve got yourself a healthy and cheap lunch meal!

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                                                                                  11. Beef and Black Bean Chili ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                                  Might not look like much, but this amazing chili is actually extremely healthy for you. The protein from the beef and the carbs from the black beans will fill you up in no time, and keep you full for a long period of time. Delicious and warm, just right for the winter!

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                                                                                    12. Crispy Fish and Peppers ($2.18 per serving)

                                                                                    Amazing recipe for anyone looking to change up their meals while keeping their macros in check and not going overboard on spending. Satisfies your crunch tooth (see what I did there?) and gives you all the protein you need to stay full and lean.

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                                                                                      13. Vegetarian Gumbo ($1.50 per serving)

                                                                                      You have the perfect macro mix here with the carbs, fats, and proteins. At less than $5 per serving, you’ve got yourself a meal that will last for the whole week!

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                                                                                        14. Mexican White Bean Soup ($0.99 per serving)

                                                                                        With the cold weather creeping in, it’s not a surprise that soups are coming back in style. This great Mexican White Bean Soup dish will keep you warm for winter without making a hole in your pocket.

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                                                                                          15. Black Beans with Mango & Cilantro ($0.38 per serving)

                                                                                          Mangoes make every dish a little bit sweeter, which is why we absolutely love this recipe. A normal rice and bean dish might be a little meh, but add the sugary taste of mangoes and you’ve got yourself a party!

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                                                                                            16. Bean Burritos ($0.71 per serving)

                                                                                            If you’re having people over tonight and don’t want to spend too much time or money on food, this dish is a great option! You can even cut up the burritos into pieces and make finger foods while everyone’s watching the game or gossiping.

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                                                                                              17. Five-Spice Beef Kabobs ($2.43 per serving)

                                                                                              The spices in this recipes add a delicious twist to the beef kabobs, which is definitely worth trying!

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                                                                                                18. Cornmeal Crusted Pork ($1.92 per serving)

                                                                                                If you like the fried crunch but want to opt for a healthier alternative, cornmeal is your man. This healthy recipe will satisfy all your fried desires without making you pop open your pant’s button.

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                                                                                                  19. Chicken, Tomato & Cucumber Dinner Salad ($2.57 per serving)

                                                                                                  Easy to do, extremely healthy, and super delicious. A must-try!

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                                                                                                    20. Lentil Soup with Beef and Red Pepper ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                                                    I can’t believe how cheap this meal is, especially for all the nutrients it contains. You can make a big pot on Sunday night and divide it into small portions to last you a whole week.

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                                                                                                      21. Smoky Mushroom Stroganoff ($1.90 per serving)

                                                                                                      Craving pasta but not sure what to top it off with? How about smoky mushrooms with a twist?

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                                                                                                        22. White Bean Tuna Salad ($1.36 per serving)

                                                                                                        You can add this White Bean Tuna Salad in your sandwich or just eat it as-is for a quick lunch on a busy day.

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                                                                                                          23. Sausage Eggwiches ($0.80 per serving)

                                                                                                          Who says you have to eat fast food to get an eggwich? This delicious recipe will give you an amazingly healthy eggwich for less than a dollar per portion. Can you say Breakfast?

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                                                                                                            24. Baja-Cali Black Bean Salad ($1.17 per serving)

                                                                                                            Great snack to add to a movie-night with friends. You don’t have to use chemically-processed salsas anymore, you can now use this homemade salad for your chip dips.

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                                                                                                              25. Gnocchi, Sweet Corn & Arugula in Cream Sauce ($2.24 per serving)

                                                                                                              Italians always knew how to make carbs look good! This delicious Gnocchi recipe will give your lunch a whole new meaning. Easy to make and only $2.24 per serving.

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                                                                                                                26. Vegetable Lasagna ($1.73 per serving)

                                                                                                                If you were looking for a healthy lasagna, you’ve just found it. At under $5 per serving, you can fill yourself up right away without putting on the extra calories.

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                                                                                                                  27. Fajita-Ranch Chicken Wraps ($2.05 per serving)

                                                                                                                  Don’t know what to make for lunch this week? How about delicious chicken wraps with a healthy ranch? This recipe will make all your lunches, even the quick ones, healthy and colorful.

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                                                                                                                    28. Quinoa with Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                                    A dish that has quinoa and brussel sprouts can’t be unhealthy, it just can’t, which is why this dish is one to keep in the books. Easy to make, healthy, and will keep you full for a long period of time.

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                                                                                                                      29. Butternut Squash Chili ($1.04 per serving)

                                                                                                                      You don’t need meat to make chili now that you have this recipe! It’s 100% healthy, filling, and smells absolutely delicious.

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                                                                                                                        30. Fast Shrimp Bisque ($2.03 per serving)

                                                                                                                        Seafood doesn’t have to be expensive if you know how to do it right, and this fast shrimp bisque is a great recipe to try if you’re in the mood for some seafood!

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                                                                                                                          31. Chicken-Noodle Casserole ($0.98 per serving)

                                                                                                                          Looks divine doesn’t it? This super easy to make dish will satisfy all your taste buds without burning a hole in your wallet or adding a few extra numbers on the scale.

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                                                                                                                            32. Burrito Cups ($1.18 per serving)

                                                                                                                            Entertaining someone tonight and don’t know what to make as appetizers? These burrito cups are a great alternative to chips or other greasy finger foods. All you need to enjoy it is a spoon and a cup.

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                                                                                                                              33. Lemon-Dill Shrimp & Pasta ($2.45 per serving)

                                                                                                                              Another impressive shrimp recipe under $5 per serving. The lemon-dill twist adds a great taste to the dish.

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                                                                                                                                34. Potato Frittata ($0.87 per serving)

                                                                                                                                If you want to eat potatoes for breakfast but still want it to be healthy, this is the recipe for you. At under a dollar per serving, this potato frittata will make you see potatoes in a whole new light.

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                                                                                                                                  35. Grilled Pork and Pineapple ($2.67 per serving)

                                                                                                                                  Meat and fruits? Oh, yes. The juiciness of the pork mixed with the liquid sugar in the pineapple will make you wish you knew about it sooner.

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                                                                                                                                    36. Greek Honey-Lemon Pork Chops ($2.15 per serving)

                                                                                                                                    Another splendid recipe mixing sweet and salty for a healthy meal. Easy to make and absolutely mouthwatering.

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                                                                                                                                      37. Jamaican Pork Stir-Fry ($2 per serving)

                                                                                                                                      You can add this healthy stir-fry to any dish as a side or amply enjoy it as-is for lunch or dinner. You can even make a wrap sandwich out of it if you’re in a rush to eat.

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                                                                                                                                        38. Herbed Salmon ($2.49 per serving)

                                                                                                                                        Salmon contains a healthy dose of fats that will boost your metabolism, lower inflammation, and make you happier. At under $5 per serving, need I say more?

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                                                                                                                                          39. Five-Spice Pork Kabobs ($1.96 per serving)

                                                                                                                                          Exquisite recipe under $5 per serving that will most definitely awe everyone at your dinner party.

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                                                                                                                                            40. Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Mango-Black Bean Salsa ($1.24 per serving)

                                                                                                                                            You don’t have to eat sweet potatoes alone anymore with this flavorful recipe.

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