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Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving Paperback – September 1, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764207105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764207105
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,420 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

For women looking to spend less and still provide healthy meals for their families, Jonni McCoy's Healthy Meals for Less packs in over 200 delicious and healthy recipes for main dishes, desserts, appetizers, baked goods, snacks, and beverages. Each recipe includes a nutritional analysis, cost per serving, and a useful kitchen tip, making this a go-to cookbook for every night of the week!

About the Author

Jonni McCoy has been helping increase the shopping power of people since 1991. She has appeared on the Gayle King Show and The 700 Club, and radio programs such as Dr. Laura and FamilyLife Today. She has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, and Woman's World magazines. Jonni lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

More About the Author

A versatile author, shopping expert, media spokesperson, and public speaker, Jonni McCoy has been helping increase the shopping power of people since 1991. She has appeared on the Gayle King Show and The 700 Club, and radio programs such as Dr. Laura and FamilyLife Today. She has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Woman's Day, and Woman's World magazines. Prior to motherhood, she spent ten years as a senior buyer for electronics firms. Jonni and her family make their home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Customer Reviews

This book has given me great ideas about how to cook on a one income budget!
Fulkiemommy
The recipes are easy, not complicated, not too many ingredients, and quite good.
Martha
Because it was such a great book, we got the kindle version as a replacement.
Robert J Turner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 15, 2009
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I have used this book for several recipes this past week and my picky family has enjoyed every dish. I like how it has the price break down although I have not verified them yet. The dishes are healthy, flavorful and inexpensive. I feel as though my arsenal of meals to make for my family within budget has multiplied. I am a person that likes to try new things but hate cookbooks that call for ingredients I don't have in my kitchen. The reason why I have not verified price is because I had all the ingredients in my kitchen already. No special trips to the store. This book is a must for every mom who would like to make from scratch, healthy, inexpensive meals
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A. Buccie on April 5, 2011
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About 6 years ago, I looked at several low cost cookbooks and found that while they focused on "low cost", there was either no nutritional information or if they did include it, it didn't show very healthy dishes. (I don't think I ever looked at the previous printing of this book called "Miserly Meals" as part of my research.)

I haven't looked for any books since then, but this one caught my eye at a display at my local library, so I decided to check it out, and I am glad I did.

Strengths of this cookbook:
--The nutritional analysis for each recipe is shown in a big box beside each recipe. Looking at the numbers, all of the recipes seem to me to be very healthy, especially compared to nutritional information from other cookbooks I use.
---The recipes are simple to make.
---Many of the recipes are "from scratch" which generally speaking helps your cost and overall nutrition of a recipe.
---Simple slow cooker recipes are given. They say at the beginning of the slow cooker chapter that the recipes were designed for and tested with a 3 1/2 quart slow cooker. I have been using my 4 quart cooker for the recipes I have tried so far with no problems.
---I don't have much experience cooking meatless meals using tofu, TVP (texturized vegetable protein), or lentils, But there is a wonderful 5 1/2 page introduction section to the Vegetarian Main dishes chapter that explains in detail what these products are, where to find them, and how to use them in cooking. Although I have not tried these recipes yet, I really appreciated reading this introduction section and feel that she has given a lot of good information here that I can use if I someday want to try these recipes.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By HealthyLifeInBalance on September 11, 2012
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I was so very disappointed in this book. I looked through and did not find healthy recipes. I do not consider sugar (lots!), white flour or ramen noodles healthy... money saving - maybe, but healthy? - Absolutely not. This book was returned.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dana Wallace on February 28, 2010
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I have enjoyed this book. I love the recipes in the book the most. I am a mother of 5, and we are living on one income at the time and so are remembering how to stretch the dollar. Also, a great reminder to cook from scratch.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fulkiemommy on August 8, 2011
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This book has given me great ideas about how to cook on a one income budget! It has also encouraged me to look for other great recipes. I especially enjoy her kitchen tips on every page. I have recommended this book to friends and will continue to do so!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By joshandsarah on September 30, 2012
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I like the recipes in this book and she has many 'envelope' mixes that you can make (fajita, taco, spaggetti sauce, onion soup ect)that are nice to have around but the index is a pain. Its set up so you have to know the name of the recipe (ie you can't look up 'brownies', its under 'to die for brownies' and they are!). But it's nice to have around and once you learn where things are it's easier to find but it's a pain when you first get it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Robertson on August 13, 2011
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This book has many great recipes. It is now one of my main cookbooks. I am not the kind of person that likes a million weird ingredients, and this book helps make it pretty simple. My whole family likes the food, and we tend to be picky eaters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert J Turner on January 24, 2014
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Got this for my wife after she read Miserly Moms (book by Jonni McCoy) and she loved it! I did as well because there were some really good recipes that are budget conscious. We bought the paperback version, and somehow misplaced it during a move. Because it was such a great book, we got the kindle version as a replacement. It was nice to find out that Amazon offers a discount on the electronic version if you've purchased the actual book previously through Amazon.
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