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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (October 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470540265
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470540268
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,848 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

Recipe Excerpts from Semi-Homemade Money-Saving Slow-Cooking


Turkey-Chicken Chili

Burgundy Lamb Shanks

Strawberry Cream Cake

From the Back Cover

128 Deliciously Easy Dinners

Slow cooked meals that are melt-in-your-mouth perfection and made with amazingly little money

Why stand over a hot stove when slow cookers are a great way to cut your kitchen time—and meal budget—without sacrificing quality or quantity? Fill your slow cooker with simple ingredients and relax as it does the cooking for you. Money Saving Slow Cooking provides affordable,traditional meals including delicious, inexpensive roast suppers, creativecost-conscious chicken dinners, simplesavory stews, and incredible chunky chilis. All are amazing one-pot wonders.

Affordable, easy dinners let you prepare meals the whole family will love.


More About the Author

Sandra Lee has a passion for simple solutions that create dramatic results in all areas of home life. She is editor-in-chief of Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade magazine, the host of two highly rated television shows (the multi-Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking and Sandra's Money Saving Meals), as well as a New York Times bestselling author of seventeen books. An internationally-acclaimed home and food expert, Sandra has revolutionized the way people think about traditional, time-consuming, "from-scratch" methods. With her trademark 70/30 philosophy, which combines 70% ready-made products with 30% fresh touches, Sandra creates aspirational meals and breathtaking living environments that are affordable and attainable, making her the foremost recognized advocate to every over-extended person.
Sandra's philosophy was born out of necessity and the challenges she faced throughout her childhood. The oldest of five children, Sandra was responsible for caring for her four younger siblings and managing the household. Forced to live on welfare and food stamps, Sandra quickly learned how to turn budget-friendly foods into delicious and special meals for her family while stretching every dollar and every minute.
In 1989, after attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Sandra was faced with her own home decorating dilemma: How to decorate her home with style and flair on a limited budget. She invented a quick, easy way to re-create her home and realized that others could use the same solutions. She invented her own line of patented home, garden and craft products and launched her company in 1993. Sandra quickly became the retailers "go-to-girl" for innovative, smart consumer products, working with Walmart, Target and QVC-USA. The product lines were so successful that she was asked to anchor the on-air launch of the home, garden and craft categories for QVC-United Kingdom and QVC-Germany. This success motivated Sandra to produce one of the first Do-It-Yourself home improvement video series, which sold over a million copies. Her product lines garnered numerous industry awards, including Wallcoverings, Windows & Interior Fashion's "Achiever of the Year" and Profitable Craft Merchandising's "Home Decorating Product of the Year."

Sandra then attended the world's leading culinary art institute, Le Cordon Bleu. She learned how to apply her Semi-Homemade(R) philosophy and savvy shortcuts towards gourmet recipes so that anyone could create and savor delicious dishes at home in less time and at a fraction of the cost. Since then, Sandra has become a New York Times bestselling author and has written sixteen cooking and entertaining books. She has sold more than 3 million books since the fall of 2005 and has been awarded the prestigious, International French Gourmand Award for "Best Easy Cookbook". In fall 2009, Sandra will release three new books: Easy Weeknight Wonders, Money Saving Slow Cooking and Cocktail Time.

Semi-Homemade(R) moved seamlessly from books to television, radio and the Internet. In 2003, her Food Network TV series, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, debuted as one of the highest-rated show launches in the network's history and celebrated its 200th episode in 2008. Nominated for numerous Daytime Emmy's, Semi-Homemade Cooking remains a top performing program. Sandra has also hosted ten one-hour primetime specials. Her personal story was documented by Food Network's Chefography to rave reviews and high ratings, and her memoir, Made From Scratch, was a Barnes & Noble bestseller. In May 2009, Sandra launched a second Food Network series, Sandra's Money Saving Meals, which will save viewers an average of 39% - 50% on every grocery store bill. In fall 2009, Sandra will become the first cross-over talent on the Scripps Network, with HGTV's Sandra Lee Celebrates.

Sandra was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award for her involvement with many charitable and philanthropic organizations, as well as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2009 by the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate for contributions made to society. Sandra is the national spokesperson for Share our Strength's Great American Bake Sale and Operation Frontline, two groundbreaking programs focused on ending childhood hunger in America. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and has served on the board of directors of Children's Hospital. Sandra is a generous supporter of God's Love We Deliver, Project Angel Food and the Central Park Conservancy. She was the celebrity chef for DineOut LA in 2008 and GoEat LA in 2009, raising funds for Aid for Aids International (AFAI). She participates in Harvard Business School's annual Woman's Entrepreneurial Conference and is a lecturer at Yale University's School of Management.

Sandra's passion and enthusiasm is contagious. Her attainable, couture-styled, approach allows her the privilege of being a frequent guest expert for many national TV shows including Good Morning America, Today, Weekend Today, Fox News Channel, Ellen, and Tyra, among others. She is a bankable personality having appeared as the cover celebrity on many national magazines including Ladies Home Journal, Redbook and TV Guide.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kaye R. Luckey on November 24, 2009
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I have several of SAndra Lee's cookbooks and find them all great. The Semi-Homemade Money-Saving Slow Cooking book fits its title. I find it so handy in making meals while I am busy with other things and am still able to present a nurishing, economical meal. This is so important during this particular economic time. Sandra has proved to be a great help with her ideas.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Anna D. Connors on November 22, 2009
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Wow, this cookbook is fabulous! one good recipe after another that are easy & delicious. I love using my crockpot but this makes the prep even easier and the result is ohhh so good!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By CJ Der Risener on December 15, 2009
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I bought this book because I like the fact that it had pictures for almost every recipe. I am a visual type of person and I like to see the finished product, and this book offered that, so I bought it. I have made some recipes from it already and they seem pretty accurate to the pictures. I am very glad I found this book. I am not a very good cook and this book showed me that I can make more than meat dishes. Who knew you can do desserts in a slow cooker!

I highly recommend this Slow Cook Book to any beginner! I made the beef stew and when I ate it, I felt like I was a GREAT cook! Worth the money!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jill Heathcote on February 27, 2010
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I got this cookbook because I started working full time and am never home before 8:30pm. To make this short, it's a good cookbook, but the cooking time are too short for what I had in mind. I was hoping for recipes that took 8 to 10 hours and most of these are for only 3 hours or so. But the recipes that I have made have been good. It was worth Amazons price of $13. If I had paid the bookstore price of $20 I would have been mad!
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Shannons on October 19, 2010
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I recently purchased this cookbook looking for some new slow cooker recipes for my family. I made two recipes, the Fiesta Mac'n'Cheese, and the Irish Pub Brisket. The Fiesta Mac'n'Cheese was so disapointing, there was a really weird flavor, I think it was the combination of the shredded beef in BBQ sauce, chili seasoning mix and the mild chiles. The whole dish just tasted off, and my two sons wouldn't eat it at all. The brisket was even worse. The use of pickling spice, beer and horseradish was absolutely disgusting, and with the cabbage created a stink that I am still trying to get out of my house. You know it's going to be bad when your children gag as they walk in the door from school. My husband who will eat just about anything, quickly dumped the potates down the disposal, they were infused by the most disusting, bizzare, bitter flavor. Now I know why Sandra Lee is so thin, there is no way she is eating more than a bite of any of these dishes. There is an entire chapter of desserts including many cakes where you are supposed to make a foil ring and add water to the crock pot and bake a cake in a 8x3 inch round cake pan. Why wouldn't you just use the oven? This is way more work that is necessary for a simple cake. I am very disapointed in this cookbook and I won't be making any more of these recipes. It is not that much more work to chop garlic or onions instead of using frozen onions or canned and the results are so much better. If you are looking for easy and delicious recipes for your family I would recommend Rachael Ray Top 30 30-Minute meals Kid Food.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SM on February 16, 2013
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I like this recipe book. The recipes. are easy and taste great. Sandra is one of my favorite chefs on the food channel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tanya L. Martin on April 12, 2011
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I enjoy reading through the recipes of Sandra Lee's. I especially like her cookbooks/magazines as they are simple; plus one can create a recipe with what we have in the pantry. All recipes are money-saving and inspirational. It's like gourmet cooking without going to all the expense and labor...plus, fun.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Darrow on January 10, 2010
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Semi-Homemade Money-Saving Slow-Cooking: 128 Quick-to-Cook Meals
The spicy sweet potatoes were a big hit at Thanksgiving, and the recipe was so easy to follow.
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