Melissa d’Arabian’s Ten Dollar Dinners {with Giveaway}

One of the responsibilities I take most seriously as a wife and mom is feeding my family well. I take it seriously, but that doesn’t mean that I feel like I’m doing my very best. There’s a lot to balance as I try to create budget-conscious and healthy meals with some variety. Melissa d’Arabian comes to the rescue with her Ten Dollar Dinners cookbook, which offers “140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh, Meals Any Night of the Week.”

This is the kind of cookbook that is a joy to read, with its bright photos and chatty, informative feel. It would make a great holiday gift for a relative, or teacher or friend. You could sweeten the gift by including a gift card to their favorite grocery store for even more budget appeal!

Melissa gives interesting bits of info about how she was inspired for a particular recipe, or her own family’s responses. There are also tips throughout the book that cover topics such as “Buy big now, save big later.” We all know that it’s cost-effective to stock up when meat goes on sale, but it ends up feeling like it’s more trouble than it’s worth when it comes time to use it. However, Melissa helps you by explaining exactly how to break up and save those ingredients for easy meal prep later.

These recipes are somewhat gourmet, but family and budget friendly at the same time. The recipes I’ve tried made for a nice change for us, were easy to follow and delicious. They were

  • Crispy Chicken a l’Orange, page 141
  • Four Step Chicken (with many variations), page 141
  • Kielbasa and Black-eyed Peas, page 177

I can’t wait to try out the

  • Salmon Cakes, page 127
  • Lemon-Thyme Meatballs, page 190
  • Fried Brown Rice and Eggs with Garlicky Soy Vinaigrette, page 331

Does that sound good to you?

One of you (US and Canadian shipping addresses) can win a SIGNED copy of Ten Dollar Dinners. Use the Rafflecopter form to enter this giveaway starting with leaving a comment answering “Are simple meals or cost-effective meals more important to you?”

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  1. Allison says

    Right now, cost effective meals are more important, but I also want them to be healthy, with some variety. This would be perfect.

  2. Jen F says

    I try my best to make sure meals are the perfect balance between simple, cost effective and healthy…not always easy though.

  3. merrilie cardiali says

    With the price of food these days, I have to go with cost-effective. Having a cookbook showing how to make simple, yet healthy meals is a big plus!

  4. Brittany says

    I love fancy recipes but most of the time with our schedules it is easier to have something simple and easy to put together. I love saving money wherever I can. Thanks for the chance to win.

  5. Allyson Zupin says

    Cost effective as a military family with 2 boys, and one with diabetes, things are tight during the holidays!!!

  6. diane sabatini says

    I’d say cost effective. I love Melissa d’Arabian! I’ve been making her garlic tomato sauce for over a year and never buy jarred sauce anymore.

  7. says

    I love simple, but the fact is I need to take care of both in my life. I am pretty busy weekly with work even when I am not working so anything that will give me back time for my family is important. Saving money is always a priority, but if I need to save time, I will compromise on the cash.

  8. clarissa says

    definately cost effective. I enjoy cooking and making more complicated, time consuming meals…but with a large family I am budget conscience

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