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The $5 Dinner Mom Breakfast and Lunch Cookbook: 200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare Paperback – January 4, 2011
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About the Author
ERIN CHASE is the creator of www.5dollardinners.com. She's shared her tips for saving on "The Rachael Ray Show" and "The Jean Chatzky Show" on Oprah Sirius Radio. She lives in Dayton, Ohio with her husband and three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
Each recipe has frugal facts, some are: the kids love this and others have hints on how to slice peaches and freeze them when they are on sale for 3 pounds for $1.50 or less. Each recipe has the cost of every ingredient. To achieve the low price, dried beans are used, with a note that canned beans will be more expensive. Sales, using coupons and stocking up are the key to keeping the price low.
Included is a staples list, some of which you make yourself - homemade hamburger buns, pizza sauce, salsa. Then there is the list of what you should have in your freezer, refrigerator, pantry, and supply inventory such as foil and freezer containers. A detailed index is included, as well as some online resources.
Breakfast recipes include; cereals, egg dishes, with several that can be fixed the night before, pancakes, waffles, tacos and sandwiches. There are instructions for freezing, so they can be grabbed `on the go'. Lunches are for at home and to carry out: sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, soups, pasta and garden salads, side salads and side dishes, there are also some snacks and smoothies.
Many have variations on eggs, tuna fish and chicken and might seem repetitive, but they do give variety and make use of inexpensive ingredients. There are some good ideas in here to make meals on a budget.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal served with yogurt, milk or cream plus a hard boiled egg: $1.99
Chocolate Chip Raspberry Pancakes, syrup and fresh fruit: $3.20
Ham and Cheese Omelet with Pumpkin Smoothies: $4.33
Baked Parmesan Chicken Fingers, Marinara Sauce, Spinach "Green" Smoothies: $4.99
Swiss BLT Melts with fresh fruit: $3.52
Cincinnati-Style Chili, spaghetti and fresh fruit: $3.82
There is a nice selection of salads, side dishes, smoothies and snack recipes rounding out this cookbook.
Overall, the prices seem within range and this book will help guide you to a trimmer food budget thanks to Chases' excellent recipes, grocery tips and commonsense.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has lots of good and easy to make recipes. I can't always get the ingredients for as little as she does but still worth trying.Published 8 months ago by Rebecca
Nothing fancy here, but the ideas for meals are reason enough to buy it.Published 11 months ago by Jade Lover
I've had this cookbook for awhile now and we regularly use the breakfast recipes. I haven't gotten too into the lunch ones yet but I'm trying to start packing my lunch for work... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
great condition for a used book, and a great book have tried a couple of receipes and also good servicePublished on October 28, 2013 by Ellen
Erin Chase writes great cookbooks. I wish I had had her books when my children were little. I am using a lot of her recipes.Published on May 24, 2013 by Carie Graff
Gave some wonderful tips to make meals without living in your kitchen! Also gave some great "real food" recipes! Awesome!Published on April 20, 2013 by Betsey
There was a lot of recipes in there but I was very limited in the variety of recipes. It was priced pretty good so I didnt loose much money but I havent made one recipe out of it... Read morePublished on March 4, 2013 by Shane Wilson