Do You Know what's for Dinner?

It’s hard enough trying to find food that the entire family will enjoy, but with the increased cost groceries, getting what you need at the store is a lot harder.  Luckily, your family doesn’t have to live off of frozen foods or “boxed” meals, because the right cookbook can help whip that food budget back into shape.   Below are a few of my recommendations for busy parents that want to serve real food to their family. 

Betty Crocker Money Saving Meals: 200 Delicious Ways to Eat on the Cheap

Serve Your Family Delicious Meals That Help Save You Money Every Time You Cook!
Team up with Betty Crocker for tasty and hearty main dishes that your family will love-and save big on your grocery bills! All 200 of the delicious kitchen-tested recipes inside are easy to prepare and easy on your wallet. Delight the kids with favorites like Cowboy Casserole and Italian Chicken Fingers. Recreate restaurant favorites at home like French Dip Sandwiches and Creole Jambalaya. And take it easy with meals that yield great leftovers like Super-Easy Chicken Manicotti and Vegetarian Chili. Inside you'll find:

  • Cost per serving calculated for every recipe
  • A color photo of every recipe
  • Colorful icons flagging recipes that are Great for Kids, Fast, One-Dish Meals, Restaurant Faves or yield Great Leftovers
  • "Best Budget Picks" identifying ingredients to buy in bulk to help you get maximum mileage out of your purchases

In addition to recipes, you'll find ideas for smart shopping and pantry planning, plus substitutions and other budget-smart tips for every recipe. With Betty Crocker Money Saving Meals, your budget will stay on track and your family will enjoy tasty and very satisfying meals.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget Lucy Beale

The current tough economic times more Americans than ever need to watch what they spend on food The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget is packed with tips, strategies, ideas, and more than 150 recipes for those who are either new to food budgeting or have had to greatly tighten their food budgets. Readers will not only learn how to do savvy grocery shopping, they will learn how to eat out on a budget. Features preparation and cooking strategies. This book addresses the challenge of buying healthier foods-which are often more expensive-and maintaining a careful budget.

Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking

Saving time and money never tasted so good! Why slave over a hot stove when slow cookers are a great way to cut your kitchen time-and meal budget-without sacrificing taste. Fill your slow cooker with simple ingredients, turn it on, and relax as it does the work for you and fills your home with mouthwatering aromas. Sandra Lee, host of the Emmy-nominated "Semi-Homemade Cooking" on Food Network has added "Sandra's Money Saving Meals" to her television line-up, and her new book, Sandra Lee's Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking provides plenty of affordable options that taste like they were made from scratch.

Slow cooking is a great way to turn inexpensive, overlooked cuts of meat into tender, juicy main courses with minimal effort. You will be amazed to learn what you can create in a slow cooker. There is traditional slow cooker fare like chilis, soups, and stews, but the book also includes party foods like Adobo Wings and Red Hot Curry Ribs, before moving on to desserts like Red Velvet and Chocolate Coconut Cake and Caramel Marshmallow Brownies. Plus, there are tons of creative ideas inside, including Crocked Penne with Black Olives and Mushrooms or Beefy Baked Ziti.

  • Offers quick, easy, and affordable dinner options for every taste.
  • As always, these recipes follow Sandra Lee's popular Semi-Homemade philosophy using seventy percent ready-made products and thirty percent fresh ingredients.

Semi-Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking lets you use the ingredients you have at hand and turn them into creative, unforgettable meals the whole family will love.

The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing meals that are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare  Erin Chase.

Let Erin Chase show you how to have tasty, economical meals, which are kid-friendly all day, every day. As the $5 Dinner Mom, savings guru, savvy supermarket shopper, and mommy extraordinaire Erin Chase, may be the answer to your prayers! With her fool proof system she will cut your weekly food budget, while putting a healthy and delicious meal on the table.