I’ve had the amazing opportunity to chat with Melissa d’Arabian of Food Networks Ten Dollar Dinners on a few occasions and I’m a huge fan of not only her, but her recipes. Her potato-bacon torte is a staple in my house and now she has even more recipes to share with all of us in her very first cookbook, Ten Dollar Dinners.
“Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week” has 11 (yes, 11!) chapters filled to the brim with yummy recipes and amazing tips to keep you within your budget. One of my favorite sections in this book, aside from the recipes of course, is the pantry snapshot that features all of the items you should have in your pantry at any time.
Another thing I love about this book is that within the chapters, and the recipes, Melissa offers tips for saving money on the individual recipes. Just because you are eating on a budget doesn’t mean you have to eat blah food, and Melissa proves that throughout the entire book.
I’ve been making some of the recipes all week in my house and I’m hooked. My favorite so far is Melissa’s 4-step chicken. She starts with a recipe for 4-step chicken piccata and then offers a chart with other ways you can prepare the chicken. I made mine with mushrooms, red wine, and blue cheese. Holy wow is all I can say. Even Scott was sopping up the sauce from his plate. It’s also a super quick weeknight meal. I think it took less than 20 minutes (if that) for me to make.
Additionally, with each recipe there is a scale to let you know if the dish is downright cheap, middle of the road, or pricey. This pricing scale helps you play with your weekly budget. This book is really a must have for families of multiples because it really shows you how to stretch your dollar to feed your family (side note: Melissa is a mother of twins).
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Check back later for some mouth watering recipes from the book! Thank you again to Clarkson Potter for providing me with a copy of the book for review!
You can see my previous interviews with Melissa here and here. Be sure to tune into Melissa’s two shows, Drop 5 lbs on Cooking Channel and Ten Dollar Dinners on Food Network. You can find more info, including videos about the book, on Melissa’s website.