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$3 Meals: Feed Your Family Delicious, Healthy Meals for Less than the Cost of a Gallon of Milk Paperback – April 14, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; Original edition (April 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599216078
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599216072
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

250+ cost-busting, simple, healthy recipes for great meals!
 
From traditional American favorites to popular ethnic foods such as Tex-Mex, Asian, and Italian, $3 Meals is brimming with scrumptious—and amazingly affordable—recipes the likes of Seafood Gumbo, Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings, Shepherd’s Pie with Cheddar Potato Topping, and Southwest Spinach Loaf. Who will miss “luxury foods” when these are on the menu? And say goodbye to expensive convenience foods like salad dressings and barbecue sauces with more chemicals than foods on the labels when Ellen Brown reveals how easy it is to make these at home.
 
Meals in a Bowl
• Caribbean Curried Seafood Soup
• Tuscan White Bean Soup with Sausage

Fishy Business
• Baked Fish Provençal
• Creole Fish

Poultry with Panache
• Mexican Chicken with Molé Sauce
• Gazpacho Turkey Salad

“Meating” the Challenge
• Guinness Beef Stew
• Sweet and Sour Stuffed Cabbage

Vegetarian with Verve
• Risotto-Style Barley with Spinach
• Asian Black Bean “Chili”

Bakery Basics
• Parmesan Herb Muffins
• Irish Soda Bread

About the Author

Ellen Brown, who gained the national limelight in 1982 as the founding food editor of USA Today, is the author of nineteen cookbooks, including the forthcoming five-volume series Great Year-Round Grilling.


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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By SUSAN on May 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
This book does a brief overview of how to save money at the grocery store (nothing really new). It goes on to present a major money saving strategy -- making every sauce, stock, dressing, and marinade from scratch. From there, the author presents recipes for main dishes. She finishes with recipes for baking breads and muffins from scratch.

The recipes are sound, and I have no doubt that they will produce reasonably healthy and tasty results. But...
#1 -- there is no reason to make every sauce from scratch. With sound couponing and savy shopping, I can get a bottle of bbq sauce for free (same for salad dressing, bottles of marinade, etc). If I make those things from scratch (and I frequently do), it is a question of quality, not cost.
#2 -- the main dishes presented are not complete meals. Most of them require additional side dishes (vegetable, fruit, and/or starch) to complete the meal. Beyond a passing mention of a crispy salad and fresh bread, the author does not provide any assistance in how to complete the meal and stay under budget. No ideas for inexpensive sides are provided.
#3 -- many of the recipes are not make-able for the advertised $3 pricetag. Unless I were to catch the fish myself, I simply do not see how I could make a dish calling for a pound and a half of bass or cod for a total cost of under $3. Nor could I make a dish that calls for 2 bulbs of fennel along with a pound of chicken and come in at that price.
#4 -- the serving sizes are a bit unrealistic. Most recipes call for 1 to 1.5 pounds of protein (beef, fish, chicken, or pork) and will serve 4 to 6 people. For six people, that's a 4 ounce portion of protein. Admittedly that is the recommended serving for many, but it is not enough for some men-folk and growing boys.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
I already spend around $8 normally to serve dinner to my family of 2 adults and 4 children. I was interested to see what recipes the book presented for $3 meals. It was clearly advertised as $3 meals not $3 per serving. After getting 1/2 way through the book wondering why all of these meals seemed impossible to make for $3, there was a passing mention of "$3 per serving". Completely misleading title and jacket material. I would never have bothered with a book that tells me how to spend $18 per dinner to feed my family of 6. That is ridiculous.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joan Cramer on May 26, 2009
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Based on the title of this book, I was eager to see how I could spend so much less money on meals for my family. $3 for dinner! Not until halfway through the book, in the introduction to a recipe, do we find out that the title refers to $3 PER SERVING, not $3 for the whole meal. With four of us in our family, that's $3 times four, seven days a week--making $84 per week spent on dinner alone. Heck, I spent less than that before reading the book! Of course, the book's premise that if you make everything from scratch, you will spend less and eat better is true, for the most part, but who didn't know that already? The recipes are fine, but nothing extraordinary. Save your money by not buying this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Soccerfan VINE VOICE on January 14, 2011
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There is no way you could make a whole meal for $3 using any of the recipes in this book. The meat alone in most of the recipes would cost at least $3, more if you weren't shopping sales or at Costco. If the $3 refers to per serving instead of the whole meal, then the book still makes no sense. That means for a family of four you'd be spending $12 for a meal, which any idiot can do without needing a book like this or any special recipes. I'd give this book 0 stars if I could for the misleading title.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Embrace Life on November 20, 2009
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I checked this book out from the library before buying it, looking for some meal ideas that were more affordable to feed the family. While I was disappointed that they cost more than she gives the impression of. every recipe so far is delicous! Seriously, I was actually surprised at how flavorful they are. I seldom take seconds, but when we made the pot pie (ex, the crust alone was almost $4) I took one bite and declared they better save me some more. My family cleaned that up, and much healthier than stuff with cream of _____ soup mixes.
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I love this book. Great meals from scratch. Checked it out from the library first, so I knew before I bought it. However the title is a bit misleading, the cost per meal is less than $3 per person, not per recipe (some are way below, others are just below). Which all my recipes already are. I never serve 1 gallon of milk per person per meal.
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