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Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian shares some of her favorite money-saving tips

Known for her knowledge of affordable home cooking, Food Network star Melissa d’Arabian shares her money-saving secrets.

Melissa d'Arabian, Food Network star, mom, and best-selling author, brings readers the money- and time-saving meal solutions featured in the February issue of FamilyFun Magazine.

Some great tips in this short video include:

  • Buying meat in family-size value packs — portion it out ahead of time for easy weeknight meals.
  • Using your microwave to do some quick roasting! Instead of roasting in the oven, a short zap in the microwave can enhance the flavor of kitchen staples from garlic to bananas.
  • Keeping flavor enhancers at the ready in your freezer; garlic, ginger, and even herbs stored in ice cube trays to cut down on waste.

Enter FamilyFun’s Recipe Rescue Sweepstakes on their Facebook page for a chance to receive a $500 gift card from online grocery delivery service, Peapod, a signed copy of Melissa’s new book, Supermarket Healthy, and — best of all — customized solutions to three of your toughest dinner challenges from Melissa herself.

Julie Ruggirello is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @TDMRecipeEditor.


Melissa d’Arabian’s Tips for Fast, Easy Fish Meals

We all know the importance of consuming our &ldquofive-a-day.&rdquo We know to swap white bread for whole-grain, to drink plenty of water and to exercise regularly. But when it comes to our knowledge about the health benefits of fish, many Americans are floundering.

That&rsquos why Food Network chef Melissa d&rsquoArabian has teamed up with renowned cardiologist Dr. William Castelli, director of the landmark Framingham Heart Study, to launch &ldquoGet Real About Seafood,&rdquo an educational campaign designed to raise awareness about how healthy&mdashand delicious&mdashfish and shellfish can be.

Although fish packs a powerful punch of heart- and brain-healthy nutrients&mdashincluding essential omega-3 fatty acids&mdashAmericans still aren&rsquot eating enough of it.

&ldquoThe average American eats less than 1 serving per week,&rdquo says d&rsquoArabian, host of the Food Network&rsquos Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian. &ldquoMost Americans could stand to double or even triple the amount of seafood that they&rsquore eating each week.&rdquo

That would make a huge impact on cardiovascular health, Castelli says. &ldquoBy increasing the amount of seafood in your diet to just 2 to 3 servings per week, you can cut your heart attack risk by 30 percent and improve cognitive functioning,&rdquo he says.

The good news? &ldquoIt&rsquos completely doable,&rdquo Melissa says.

There are various reasons why people refrain from eating fish&mdashthey might not fully understand the health benefits, for example, or they may simply dislike the taste. But for many people, the problem begins in the kitchen.

&ldquoI think there are a lot of misconceptions about seafood, one of them being that seafood is difficult to prepare. Nothing could be farther from the truth,&rdquo says Melissa. &ldquoThat&rsquos why we&rsquore trying to arm people with the tips and recipes so that they can become more confident about cooking seafood.&rdquo

If you feel like a fish out of water when it comes to cooking seafood, check out d&rsquoArabian&rsquos strategies for incorporating more seafood into everyday meals.

Stick with what you know. &ldquoTake a familiar recipe and try swapping out the protein for seafood,&rdquo d&rsquoArabian suggests. &ldquoFor instance, if your family loves taco night, try making some fish tacos instead of beef.&rdquo

Think canned. Many people think fresh fish is the most nutritious option, but canned fish offers the same health benefits for a fraction of the price. &ldquoCanned tuna and salmon are often overlooked,&rdquo d&rsquoArabian says. &ldquoThey&rsquore both great options that are affordable, convenient and shelf-stable, and you can cook them up in no time!&rdquo She recommends using canned tuna to make grilled tuna burgers, or canned salmon for salmon cakes.

Be sneaky. To introduce seafood gradually into your diet, start by sneaking it into favorite dishes. &ldquoWith my kids, I take a meal they already know and love and try to incorporate the fish into that. They love quesadillas, so I&rsquoll often sprinkle a little tuna into there. They barely even notice it!&rdquo Try hiding small bits of seafood in casserole dishes, enchiladas, or stews.

Go big on flavor. If the &ldquofishy&rdquo taste turns you off, load up on bold, robust flavors and spices&mdashthink curry, garlic and ginger. &ldquoPick a favorite flavor profile. If you love Asian flavors, open up a can of tuna, toss it with a little bit of sesame oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger and cilantro, and already you are on your way to having a flavorful, nutritious Asian salad.&rdquo

Fire up the grill. &ldquoGrilling keeps seafood moist and gives it that great charred, smoky taste,&rdquo d&rsquoArabian says. Plus, taking the cooking outside helps avoid getting the fishy smell in your house.

Make it a family affair. Get the whole family excited about seafood by cooking it together. &ldquoI have four young girls, and my goal is to help them develop a taste for seafood at a young age,&rdquo d&rsquoArabian says. &ldquoIf you can get your kids involved in the cooking process, they will be more likely to try it. But more importantly, they are developing a positive relationship with healthy foods.&rdquo


Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian

"Ten Dollar Dinners" by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).

White Beans with Cumin, Oregano and Garlic from "Ten Dollar Dinners" by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).

Four-Step Chicken Piccata from "Ten Dollar Dinners" by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).

Potato-Bacon Torte from "Ten Dollar Dinners" by Melissa d'Arabian (Clarkson Potter, $24.99).

Cheap eats. At the mere mention of a home-cooked budget meal, I envision my dad’s stewpot filled with mountains of white beans and a wizened ham hock. Each bowl was garnished with a slug of ketchup. Soda crackers and tales of the Great Depression were served on the side.

I don’t think Melissa d’Arabian, Food Network star and host of “Ten Dollar Dinners,” would turn up her nose at dad’s slumgullion. In fact, she told me on the phone she loves beans. Yes, good old navy beans. Hers are seasoned with onion, garlic, oregano, cumin and black pepper.

The Mediterranean-themed bean recipe is included in her debut cookbook, “Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week.” She promises $10 dinners to serve a family of four.

Listed as the No.2 tip in her strategies for saving money? Incorporate “bean night” once a week, planning a dinner designed to be delicious yet inexpensive. Bean night doesn’t refer only to dinners in which beans are the star. Other inexpensive proteins can take center stage, such as whole-grain pasta, eggs, lentils or other legumes. Dishes, she advised, that can be less costly than those that showcase chicken, pork or beef.

“Bean night is just a part for your tool kit to see an overall reduction in grocery costs,” said d’Arabian, a San Diego-based wife and mother of four young daughters. “Frugal protein night once a week can make a significant savings in your grocery bill. Dried beans are super cheap, but canned beans are inexpensive, too. Try the Black Bean ‘Nacho’ Burgers. And don’t forget that eggs are very inexpensive as well. They are the most overlooked dinner protein and I always have them in the house. Try the poached eggs in brown butter.”

It’s not just financial restrictions that make getting family dinners on the table such a trial. Parents are strapped for time.

“Facing the 5 o’clock hour without having planned anything is a real challenge,” she said. “I have four or five recipes that I can pull out of my sleeve to get dinner on the table in minutes. I’ve been making my Four-Step Chicken since I was in grad school. It’s my go-to recipe for an unplanned weeknight meal.”

She stretches three boneless, skinless chicken breasts to feed four by cutting the meat into two or three quick-to-cook cutlets. For a piccata approach, one of many flavor profiles that augment this tasty method, the cutlets are dredged in flour and sautéed. A simple sauce is made with sliced mushrooms, wine, lemon juice and capers.

It’s a winner, as is D’Arabian. I asked her why she thinks she was the Season 5 winner of TV’s “The Next Food Network Star.”

“I got down to the business of feeding four little kids and how I get food on the table on a Tuesday night. I focused on what I bring to the table, not what I don’t bring to the table,” she said, adding that the other contestants were a little intimidating and many had impressive chef résumés.

But maybe it was her favorite dish in the book that won over the judges, her potato-bacon torte (it is also her kids’ favorite dish in the book). The challenge was to make the ultimate dinner party meal for the esteemed group of celebrity judges: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto and François Payard.

They loved her torte. It’s impressive that a humble, 50-cents-a-serving, potato-bacon dish sealed the deal.

Money-saving tips from d’Arabian

Clear-the-pantry week: Make use of what is in your freezer, pantry and refrigerator. Defrost frozen bags of soup, meatballs and chicken you might have tucked away. Write down major ingredients that you have lurking in your pantry and use the list to create a menu for the week. It’s a fun challenge to see how long you can go without buying new food items (beyond the few necessary perishables, such as milk and eggs).

Stretch expensive ingredients with cheap ones: Bulking up pricey ingredients with less expensive ones is a great trick for serving shrimp while not overspending at the market. Beans, rice, pasta and cheap vegetables such as cabbage are great for making a small amount of costly fennel or leeks seem plentiful and abundant.

Keep flavor enhancers in the freezer. Bacon, fresh ginger, nuts, grated cheese and even leftover wine (for cooking) keep exponentially longer in the freezer than in the fridge. Store in resealable freezer bags so you can easily add just enough to brighten, deepen or add texture to a recipe.

Tally your perishables and create a 5-minute menu plan: The most expensive ingredient is the one you throw away. Take a few seconds to check through your crisper drawers and see what’s lurking in the back of the fridge. Let your inventory review drive your week’s menu.


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Featured Recipe from Ten Dollar Dinners: Salmon Cakes

Serves 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 large russet potato
  • 2 bacon strips
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 14-ounce can wild salmon
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Directions

1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the potato and cook until a paring knife easily slips into the center of the potato, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and, once the potato is cool enough to handle, peel it and place it in a bowl. Use a fork to break up and fluff the potato. Set aside.

2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon on both sides until browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate (save the fat in a small bowl), cool, and then crumble. Place the bacon in a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon fat in a small skillet over low heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the onion cool, then add to the bacon along with the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, and lemon zest, stirring to combine. Add the salmon and then the potato, mixing gently after each addition. Then form into 12 small patties.

4. In a small, shallow baking dish, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and pepper. Press both sides of the salmon patties firmly into the bread-crumb mixture to evenly coat both sides.

5. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the salmon cakes in 2 batches until they’re golden on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total, adding more oil when necessary. Serve warm.

Amazon Asks Melissa d'Arabian

What's your elevator pitch for Ten Dollar Dinners?

It's about so much more than cooking with inexpensive ingredients! It's a full philosophy of spending with purpose and managing our resources wisely while nourishing our bodies.

Which new cookbooks or chef memoirs are you most excited about?

I can't wait to read Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef and Michael Symon's Carnivore.

What’s the best place you’ve eaten recently?

I had an incredibly special dinner at Uchi in Houston. truly one of the best dinners I've ever had.

What's been your most memorable author moment?

Opening the envelope that had the very first copy of my cookbook in it. I opened it with my husband, very delicately, as if it were fragile.

What other talent would you most like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?

I'd love to be a genius at organization. (To do that, I think you have to be able to really think in 3-D, and I'm very linear.)

What are you obsessed with now?

Doing splits. I'm almost there!

What's your most treasured possession?

My grandma's confirmation bracelet. She gave it to me as my "something old" at my wedding, and I wear it all the time--unless I'm filming Ten Dollar Dinners. She passed away last month, so it's extra special now.

What's on your nightstand?

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, and Alephonsian Deng.

What's next for you?

After book tour, I'm settling into the new school year with my four daughters--and then get straight back to work on Book # 2!


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Featured Recipe from Ten Dollar Dinners: Salmon Cakes

Serves 4 Preparation time: 25 minutes Cooking time: 35 minutes

Ingredients
  • 1 large russet potato
  • 2 bacon strips
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 14-ounce can wild salmon
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
Directions

1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add the potato and cook until a paring knife easily slips into the center of the potato, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain and, once the potato is cool enough to handle, peel it and place it in a bowl. Use a fork to break up and fluff the potato. Set aside.

2. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat and cook the bacon on both sides until browned and crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate (save the fat in a small bowl), cool, and then crumble. Place the bacon in a medium bowl and set aside.

3. Heat 1 tablespoon of the reserved bacon fat in a small skillet over low heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let the onion cool, then add to the bacon along with the egg, mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, and lemon zest, stirring to combine. Add the salmon and then the potato, mixing gently after each addition. Then form into 12 small patties.

4. In a small, shallow baking dish, mix the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and pepper. Press both sides of the salmon patties firmly into the bread-crumb mixture to evenly coat both sides.

5. Heat 1/4 cup of the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the salmon cakes in 2 batches until they’re golden on both sides, 6 to 8 minutes total, adding more oil when necessary. Serve warm.

Amazon Asks Melissa d'Arabian

What's your elevator pitch for Ten Dollar Dinners?

It's about so much more than cooking with inexpensive ingredients! It's a full philosophy of spending with purpose and managing our resources wisely while nourishing our bodies.

Which new cookbooks or chef memoirs are you most excited about?

I can't wait to read Marcus Samuelsson's Yes, Chef and Michael Symon's Carnivore.

What’s the best place you’ve eaten recently?

I had an incredibly special dinner at Uchi in Houston. truly one of the best dinners I've ever had.

What's been your most memorable author moment?

Opening the envelope that had the very first copy of my cookbook in it. I opened it with my husband, very delicately, as if it were fragile.

What other talent would you most like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?

I'd love to be a genius at organization. (To do that, I think you have to be able to really think in 3-D, and I'm very linear.)

What are you obsessed with now?

Doing splits. I'm almost there!

What's your most treasured possession?

My grandma's confirmation bracelet. She gave it to me as my "something old" at my wedding, and I wear it all the time--unless I'm filming Ten Dollar Dinners. She passed away last month, so it's extra special now.

What's on your nightstand?

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benjamin Ajak, Benson Deng, and Alephonsian Deng.

What's next for you?

After book tour, I'm settling into the new school year with my four daughters--and then get straight back to work on Book # 2!

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Melissa d’Arabian $10 Dinners!

But reaction to Melissa’s win over Jeffrey Saad has been mixed. He of course was the 42 year old Restaurateur Food Consultant chef from Los Angeles. Most are saying that Saad should get his own show too. On the Food Network’s blog tonight, 1000+ comments in just the last few hours show a split on Melissa’s win:

“Good point na. I liked Melissa and am glad she won, but Jeffery definitely deserves a show, no doubt.”

“I am so glad Melissa won. My husbsand and I have already taken some of her tips through out the season and used them. It’s great. Now I just hope there wil be some way to get all of her recipes she displayed.”

And then some of the following:

“I think Melissa is FAKE and I won’t watch nor buy any of her products. Her “Tidbits” may be new to Bob but they are the same things all home cooks learn.”

“I would have watched Jeffrey for his recipes and his love of food. Melissa doesnt care about the people she cooks for. Jeffrey does.”


Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week : A Cookbook Kindle Edition

"Melissa really gets it. She is a mom who knows firsthand that cooking on a budget can be delicious, inspiring, and healthy. She brings it all here with flair and the comforting presence of a good friend."
--ELLIE KRIEGER

"Who knew that something as tasty and fun as steak with caramelized onions could be so cheap and easy to make? Melissa's Ten Dollar Dinners broadens the horizon of dinnertime possibilities and deliciousness. This is a great resource for new, affordable cooking ideas."
--ALEX GUARNASCHELLI

"I am a father and husband before I am a chef, so when it comes to mealtime I want to use simple recipes that utilize the freshest foods possible. That's what Ten Dollar Dinners is all about. I also like to cook with my family, which means that Melissa's recipes are perfect for us to create together."
--ANDREW ZIMMERN

"Here's a mom, raising and feeding four cute daughters, while giving a nod to her French husband's palate, as well as conquering the corporate world. Plus her pie crust rivals a pastry chef's! I knew Melissa was a winner from the start. Her recipes save you money and her tips make sense--saving you time so you can go out and enjoy life as she has."
--SUNNY ANDERSON

"Melissa proves that delicious food doesn't have to cost big bucks. I love her blend of California freshness, French flair, and frugality."
--ROSEMARY ELLIS [editor-in-chief of Good Housekeeping] --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.


Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips for Delicious, Budget-Friendly Meals the Whole Family Can Enjoy

Melissa d’Arabian provides exactly what you want: Paris, France, dishes at a Paris, Texas, price. D’Arabian promises that she’ll provide entire dinners that won’t leave you feeling deprived for $10 or less, and she delivers handsomely.

You’d never think that recipes like Cod in Garlic-Ginger Broth with Shitake Mushrooms, French-Cut Steak with Caramelized Onions, Pot Roast Carbonade, Shrimp Pad Thai, Everyday Roast Beef, Crispy Chicken a l’Orange, Shrimp Scampi Linguine or Simple Sirloin Steak wit Melissa d’Arabian provides exactly what you want: Paris, France, dishes at a Paris, Texas, price. D’Arabian promises that she’ll provide entire dinners that won’t leave you feeling deprived for $10 or less, and she delivers handsomely.

You’d never think that recipes like Cod in Garlic-Ginger Broth with Shitake Mushrooms, French-Cut Steak with Caramelized Onions, Pot Roast Carbonade, Shrimp Pad Thai, Everyday Roast Beef, Crispy Chicken a l’Orange, Shrimp Scampi Linguine or Simple Sirloin Steak with Shallot Butter could be budget items, would you? But d’Arabian’s recipes cut costs without cutting enjoyment. D’Arabian, winner of Season 5 of Food Network Stars, lived in France and is married to a Frenchman. The mother of four beautiful girls, d’Arabian had already learned to pinch pennies from her own mother, a single mom. But d’Arabian never compromised on flavor or satisfaction. And thanks to her book, Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes & Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week, neither do you.

The cookbook doesn’t just include recipes. D’Arabian also instructs the novice on how to build a pantry on the cheap, how to stretch meats, how to secure great grocery-store bargains, and more. I only wish I could give this book six stars! . more

"I want my recipes to be clever examples of a bigger story, a celebration of resource responsibility and spending with purpose." -Melissa d&aposArabian, from her introduction.

This is one of the better cookbooks I&aposve read this year because of it&aposs great ideas and it&aposs practicality.

Reasons I love this cookbook:
- So many great recipes and ideas
- Easy, very approachable recipe layout
- Offers many picture examples of recipes
- This will expand my palate. There are several recipes that look awesome and a "I want my recipes to be clever examples of a bigger story, a celebration of resource responsibility and spending with purpose." -Melissa d'Arabian, from her introduction.

This is one of the better cookbooks I've read this year because of it's great ideas and it's practicality.

Reasons I love this cookbook:
- So many great recipes and ideas
- Easy, very approachable recipe layout
- Offers many picture examples of recipes
- This will expand my palate. There are several recipes that look awesome and are things I don't normally cook at home but she makes it look so do-able.
- Almost every single recipe was tagged as something I wanted to make.

Recipes that stood out to me:
-Toasted Baguette with Garlic Confit (I mean, that sounds soooooo yummy).
-Tuna Panzanella Salad (made this several times for lunches at work: so so delish.)
-Salmon Cakes (saw this on her show and bought the salmon I have yet to actually make it. this is a palate expander.)
-Chicken meatballs (we eat a lot of chicken and this is definitely a different take with a small amount of meat [2 chicken breasts!] a definite must-try.)
-Creamiest Slow Cooker Polenta
-White Beans with Cumin, Oregano, and Garlic
-Cardamom Caramel sauce (anything with cardamom screams "devour me")

A lot of these recipes are available online so if there were only a handful of recipes I liked, I would just print them off and add it to a folder. but I love all these recipes. It's a great cookbook to have on hand. . more

Page 81 Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup
Page 101 Chopped Salad with Chicken, Salami, and Mozzerella
Page 110 Grilled Romaine Salad over Grilled Garlic-Rosemary Bread
Page 141 Crispy Chicken a l&aposOrange
Page 161 Chicken Meatballs
Page 166 Spinach and Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Lemon Butter
Page 174 Pork Loin Milanese
Page 182 Succulent Pot Roast-style Pork Shoulder
Page 221 Steamed Broccoli with Garlic Aïoli
Page 302 Chocolate Pain Perdu
Page 304 Double Chocolate Pound Cake
Page 306 Muriel&aposs Yogurt Cake with Choc Page 81 Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup
Page 101 Chopped Salad with Chicken, Salami, and Mozzerella
Page 110 Grilled Romaine Salad over Grilled Garlic-Rosemary Bread
Page 141 Crispy Chicken a l'Orange
Page 161 Chicken Meatballs
Page 166 Spinach and Cheese-Stuffed Chicken with Lemon Butter
Page 174 Pork Loin Milanese
Page 182 Succulent Pot Roast-style Pork Shoulder
Page 221 Steamed Broccoli with Garlic Aïoli
Page 302 Chocolate Pain Perdu
Page 304 Double Chocolate Pound Cake
Page 306 Muriel's Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Chips
Page 328 Croque Madames

Also, Pork Tamale Pie suggestion, page 181

This is a great cookbook! I made several recipes and they were delicious. I am excited to try several more.

My Rating: Great! If you are into cookbooks like I am.

I thought the recipes were really good. (The orange sauce for the duck a l&aposorange was wonderful!)
One criticism is that some of the timings for things such as reducing sauces seemed underestimated to us, but that could very well have been due to differences in equipment and items used.
One thing we really liked about this cookbook is the various helpful charts of things like
herbs and flavor profiles, and other similar things like that. The tips for how to best save money in the grocery store we I thought the recipes were really good. (The orange sauce for the duck a l'orange was wonderful!)
One criticism is that some of the timings for things such as reducing sauces seemed underestimated to us, but that could very well have been due to differences in equipment and items used.
One thing we really liked about this cookbook is the various helpful charts of things like
herbs and flavor profiles, and other similar things like that. The tips for how to best save money in the grocery store were also one of the best features of the book.

We know and have enjoyed watching Mellssa judge on GGG every so often. That was part of why we took out this cookbook!

Best budget cookbook ever, elegant recipes.

I love Marissa’s approach to budget friendly meals. Every recipe is a winner. I particularly love the potato bacon torte.

Good variety of recipes for every taste
Simple easy to follow instructions
Ingredients are easily available in any grocery store
Once you have ingredients in house, recipes are inexpensive to make
Great tips and tricks for stretching your food budget
Excellent pantry list - items that you should always have in your pantry in order to easily put together affordable, delicious meals
Lots of pictures (Not one on everypage though, which would have made my wife even happier - the women The Good Stuff

Good variety of recipes for every taste
Simple easy to follow instructions
Ingredients are easily available in any grocery store
Once you have ingredients in house, recipes are inexpensive to make
Great tips and tricks for stretching your food budget
Excellent pantry list - items that you should always have in your pantry in order to easily put together affordable, delicious meals
Lots of pictures (Not one on everypage though, which would have made my wife even happier - the women cannot make a recipe unless she sees a picture of it)
Recipe Cost index is interesting (see note in not so good stuff below)
My kids will probably eat some of the recipes, the picky little heathens
Well organized and easy to look through -- all the pictures make the recipe look extremely appetizing
Wife thinks the index is good (she is making me put this in the review -- don't tell her but yes a good index is important in a cookbook
The Not So Good Stuff

Recipe Cost Index took a few seconds to figure out - would have been nice to have it listed more obvious
meat terminology is American -- than again not really a bad thing, just a pain in the ass when Ayou go to the store looking for the item and its called something else
Not sure you can really say they are 10 dollar dinners as food here in Alberta is really expensive
Favorite Recipes

Moroccan Meatloaf (DELISH & easy to make)
Zucchini Carpaccio
Sole Napoleon with Tomatio-Caper Crudo
Four-step Chicken Piccata
Bruleed Mandarin Oranges and Sabayon
Black Bean Brownies (For the love of god don't tell the kids there were beans in this recipe - they loved them)
Who Should/Shouldn't Use

This cookbook is perfectly suited for the beginner to intermediate cook -- nothing fancy for the more experienced cook
A great cookbook for those on a budget (and that we are since we are now a one income family)
Highly recommended for inclusion into the inventory of a public library (yes that one is from the wife)
4.5 Dewey's
I received this from Random House in Exchange for an Honest Review . more

Melissa d’Arabian, host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners and season 5 winner of The Next Food Network Star, makes good on the $10 promise of dinner for four in her eagerly awaited debut cookbook. For home cooks who care about what they feed their families and want to stretch their dollars, Melissa is the best guide for putting delicious meals on the table.

With four young girls ages six and under, and a hit show on Food Network, Melissa d’Arabian focuses on savvy budgeting, efficient shoppin Melissa d’Arabian, host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners and season 5 winner of The Next Food Network Star, makes good on the $10 promise of dinner for four in her eagerly awaited debut cookbook. For home cooks who care about what they feed their families and want to stretch their dollars, Melissa is the best guide for putting delicious meals on the table.

With four young girls ages six and under, and a hit show on Food Network, Melissa d’Arabian focuses on savvy budgeting, efficient shopping, and full-flavored cooking. Ten Dollar Dinners has 140 recipes and more than 100 creative, practical tips on great money-savers (“Clear-Your-Pantry Week”) inventive takes on old standby dinners (try her Moroccan Meatloaf) and how to get ingredients to last longer (keep your green onions in a glass of water and they will regrow several times over!). And with a coding system to help you create your own $10 menu, Ten Dollar Dinners celebrates spending with purpose, cooking with love, minimizing time spent in front of the stove, and savoring your homemade meal.

Melissa is a pro at creating satisfying meals that adults and kids alike will enjoy, using everyday ingredients and transforming them into delicious dinners. Her Potato-Bacon Torte (which, at 50 cents a serving, was one of her winning recipes on The Next Food Network Star) shows how basic and inexpensive supermarket ingredients can be turned into an amazingly satisfying dish. Her Roasted Vegetable Tian is a great way to take advantage of deals in the produce aisle. The Four-Step Chicken Piccata offers a plan for getting food on the table in just minutes, using almost anything in the pantry.

Anyone can use this book—especially those who want to save money—and feel great about cooking sensibly for elevated, simple meals that are healthy family-pleasers. . more

I won a free copy of Melissa d’Arabian’s “Ten Dollar Dinners” as a first-reads giveaway.

I’m glad I won this giveaway as this cookbook is filled with a lot of good recipes, ideas, and advice. I really like the variety of foods presented and the budget-friendly tips. I already made the “Sweet Zucchini Saute” and it came out fantastic! (Although I used 2 tablespoons of olive oil instead of 3 and 2 was plenty, 3 would’ve been way too much.) And I plan on making “Crispy Chicken a l’Orange” next week. I won a free copy of Melissa d’Arabian’s “Ten Dollar Dinners” as a first-reads giveaway.

I’m glad I won this giveaway as this cookbook is filled with a lot of good recipes, ideas, and advice. I really like the variety of foods presented and the budget-friendly tips. I already made the “Sweet Zucchini Saute” and it came out fantastic! (Although I used 2 tablespoons of olive oil instead of 3 and 2 was plenty, 3 would’ve been way too much.) And I plan on making “Crispy Chicken a l’Orange” next week.

That said I was a little disappointed with the lack of vegetarian recipes. At least half were sides and one of them was a “recipe” for broccoli and parmesan cheese. Seriously? Also, the layout of some of pages was confusing where the list of ingredients and directions would unexpectedly continue on the next page. And I’m not sure that all of these meals can be accomplished for $10 or less. I thought the whole dinner was supposed to be $10 but most of the recipes are not complete meals (i.e. a chicken dish or a salad, etc.). Maybe most of them fit the budget but some of the main dishes with really long lists of ingredients I’m not sure how it can be done. Perhaps the author measures the cost of the recipe by the amount of ingredients used i.e. ½ cup of dry white wine only costs a certain percentage of the bottle which can cost over $10 by itself.

Overall, this is a very comprehensive and easy to read cookbook. There’s a good mix of foods and types of meals and there are definitely a few recipes I want try. . more

Melissa became known when she won season 5 of The Next Food Network Star. But she&aposs been making simple, inexpensive meals for her family for years. In fact, her homemade yogurt recipe is probably what landed her a spot on the show. Her cookbook simplifies cooking and gives a price range for each recipe so the cook can plan a meal that is fresh and under ten dollars. The book is filled with helpful cooking tips and glimpses into the d&aposArabian family.

I am a very simple cook. If the recipe has tons Melissa became known when she won season 5 of The Next Food Network Star. But she's been making simple, inexpensive meals for her family for years. In fact, her homemade yogurt recipe is probably what landed her a spot on the show. Her cookbook simplifies cooking and gives a price range for each recipe so the cook can plan a meal that is fresh and under ten dollars. The book is filled with helpful cooking tips and glimpses into the d'Arabian family.

I am a very simple cook. If the recipe has tons of ingredients or instructions I pass. My family has some really picky eaters so I was surprised to have quite a few recipes earmarked to try. I look forward to testing them out. Most of the recipes in this book are simple and easy to make. This is a book for the simple cook, the family on a budget, and the mom wanting to prepare fresh food for her family.

I received this book free of charge from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review. . more

This is a can&apost miss cookbook. You might be fooled by the flashy cover but the content is as good as any cookbook I&aposve ever read. Each chapter is filled with great ideas for meals and ways to stretch your food budget at the same time.

Melissa d&aposArabian stays true to her desire for inexpensive meals and her practical suggestions for shopping and making the most of what you have in your pantry or fridge are actually things you can see yourself trying. There are no crazy suggestions of raising your This is a can't miss cookbook. You might be fooled by the flashy cover but the content is as good as any cookbook I've ever read. Each chapter is filled with great ideas for meals and ways to stretch your food budget at the same time.

Melissa d'Arabian stays true to her desire for inexpensive meals and her practical suggestions for shopping and making the most of what you have in your pantry or fridge are actually things you can see yourself trying. There are no crazy suggestions of raising your own goat so you can have spectacular but cheap yogurt. She is a busy parent who is trying to satisfy her kids and her adult tastebuds at the same time.

I will end up buying this one and despite paying bookstore prices for it I know I'll still save money and enjoy the great ideas she has printed for years to come. You know it's a good cookbook when my cookbook-loving daughter takes this one to bed each night. She is a critical reader and it gets her approval as well as mine. . more

I won a free copy through First Reads.

This is a very easy-to-follow cookbook. Her recipes are really simple and she offers simple tips for when things start to go wrong. This is perfect for someone like me who manages to make things go from slightly bad to really bad in a matter of seconds when experimenting in the kitchen! The photos of the prepared meals are a really nice supplement, letting you see what you&aposre "supposed" to come up with in the end. However, I&aposm not sure I needed to see all th I won a free copy through First Reads.

This is a very easy-to-follow cookbook. Her recipes are really simple and she offers simple tips for when things start to go wrong. This is perfect for someone like me who manages to make things go from slightly bad to really bad in a matter of seconds when experimenting in the kitchen! The photos of the prepared meals are a really nice supplement, letting you see what you're "supposed" to come up with in the end. However, I'm not sure I needed to see all the photos of the author and her family eating said food. I also like that each recipe is given a price scale so you know how much to expect to pay before you even go to the store for the ingredients. There is a nice mix of healthy recipes thrown in as well as the usual high-calorie recipes you expect to find in a cookbook. . more

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals by Melissa d&aposArabian offers a fresh spin on frugal cooking. I like how d&aposArabian used frugal ingredients in novel ways to create gourmet meals from humble ingredients. Some of the recipes I plan to try include:

Smoked Tuna Spread
Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
Parisian Cafe Salad with Classic Dijon Vinaigrette
Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese and Apples
French-Cut Steak with Caramelized Onions
Chicken Meatballs
Double Chocolate Pound Ca Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals by Melissa d'Arabian offers a fresh spin on frugal cooking. I like how d'Arabian used frugal ingredients in novel ways to create gourmet meals from humble ingredients. Some of the recipes I plan to try include:

Smoked Tuna Spread
Sautéed Spinach with Garlic
Parisian Cafe Salad with Classic Dijon Vinaigrette
Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese and Apples
French-Cut Steak with Caramelized Onions
Chicken Meatballs
Double Chocolate Pound Cake
Earl Grey Pots de Creme

I also loved the lush, color photos used to illustrate her recipes.

I&aposve got mixed opinions on most Food Network &aposchefs&apos but I really do like d&aposArabian. This book is practical, easy and very budget-friendly. This is an excellent cookbook for families, with lots of quick dinner ideas.

My main beef is that I would like a time icon - some recipes aren&apost very week-day friendly. I would also request calorie/fat/sodium counts - probably at least half this book seems reasonable, nutritionally, but I&aposd like to see that breakdown (especially in this case, because I don&apost I've got mixed opinions on most Food Network 'chefs' but I really do like d'Arabian. This book is practical, easy and very budget-friendly. This is an excellent cookbook for families, with lots of quick dinner ideas.

My main beef is that I would like a time icon - some recipes aren't very week-day friendly. I would also request calorie/fat/sodium counts - probably at least half this book seems reasonable, nutritionally, but I'd like to see that breakdown (especially in this case, because I don't think it would hurt the book).


Got a Picky Eater? Food Network&rsquos Melissa d'Arabian Has Mealtime Strategies That Work!

If your kids are finicky eaters, asking them to finish a few stalks of broccoli can turn your dinner table into a battlefield.

Melissa d𠆚rabian, host of Ten Dollar Dinners and mom of four young daughters ages six to eight, just launched “The Picky Eaters Project,” an eight-week web series on foodnetwork.com that offers real-life ways to help your children develop more adventurous palates and create a healthy lifestyle for the entire family.

“Picky eating is not just about food,” says the cooking pro, who originally developed the techniques to help her own family. “There are power struggles that play into it.”

She gave PEOPLE some of her favorite strategies:

Tell the kids to get physical. Fifteen minutes before dinner, send them outside to play, or put on music so they can dance. “Physical activity will make a child less crabby,” says d𠆚rabian, 𠇊nd when they’re less crabby, they’re less picky.”

Make mealtime a happy experience. Let the family dinner table be where your kids come to share their dreams and joys, and tell fun stories. It’s very hard to do that if you’re saying, “If you don’t eat your broccoli, you’re not going to get dessert.”

For a few weeks, don’t worry about what you’re serving, even if it’s chicken nuggets. “Your goal is to make the dinner table a place of connection and low conflict,” says d𠆚rabian, who won The Next Food Network Star in 2009. Which means no scolding anyone until after dinner.

Create positive food associations. When one of her daughter’s friends comes over for a meal, d𠆚rabian does some sleuthing beforehand, finding out which healthy foods the child likes that her own kids don’t. She puts one of the pal’s faves on the menu, and when the younster invariably squeals, “Oh, I love spinach!” during dinner, it gives her daughters a positive association with that food, even if they don’t eat it that day. “Making changes is a cumulative process,” d𠆚rabian points out.

Serve “new” foods. “Let’s say your kids like both chocolate cake and vanilla cake,” she says. “You can be pretty sure they’ll like marble cake.” When they try a piece and rave about it, congratulate them on trying a new food. “I’ve mixed two of my daughter’s favorite cereals together and said to her, ‘Tell me what it tastes like.’ And when she said, ‘Oh, it tastes good!’ I pointed out, ‘That’s something new!&apos” Keep building up your little ones’ confidence at trying new foods and gradually introduce items that are healthy.

Give them a bell. Instead of yelling𠅊nd being ignored—when it’s time to gather your crew to sit down for a meal, let your kids take turns each night ringing a dinner bell. “It will create a clear start to your meal and put everyone in the frame of mind of dinner. They’ll come ready to eat!”

Allow the kids to keep score. D𠆚rabian encourages her kids to jot down their opinion of any new foods they try in “taste-test books”—inexpensive notebooks where they rate meals from one to 10. “This sends the message that their opinions matter,” she says. “They’re allowed to write ‘roasted chicken with mustard sauce is a 2, yuck!’ if that’s how they feel. They’re allowed to not like something.”

Turn less-healthy foods into side dishes. Let’s say your kids love cheesy quesadillas—not the most healthful food. Instead of banishing them from the dinner table, make smaller versions and serve as an accompaniment to soup or roasted chicken, rather than as the entrພ.

Let them DJ dinner. Her kids take turns “presenting” dinner: introducing that night’s menu with nutritional tidbits supplied by d𠆚rabian. Sample: “This is chicken and it’s protein, which builds our muscles. We’ve got quinoa, a carbohydrate that gives us energy. Spinach salad is a vegetable and it’s got vitamins and it’s going to keep us from getting sick.”

She says: “We need to talk to our kids about nutrition, so they understand healthy foods have different roles, and give them a context as to why they’re eating broccoli for dinner and not cupcakes.”



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