Money Saving Meals and Round 2 Recipes comes a great time for home cooks everywhere.
Just about everyone I know is living off a budget these days. Spreading out their paychecks to cover all the bills and cutting corners wherever they can.
The Grocery budget is sometimes the TOUGHEST one to stay on track with. The price of just about everything we eat has gone up and the portion sizes down, so it’s nice to come across a cookbook that is here to help a budget watching family out.
Packed with recipes that are easy to put together and gentle on the pocketbook, Money Saving Meals helps the reader save money and make great meals for their family.
I got to sit down and flip through this cookbook a few days ago and here are a few of my notes:
Menu Combinations – not chapters or sections – this cookbook is broken up into Menu Combinations that set you up for a meal that you can use in one sitting or mix and match throughout the week.
R2R’s – Round 2 Recipes – kind of what I call ‘morphing’ meals. Using thinks like a Pork Roast at the beginning of the week and using the leftovers of that Pork Roast for pulled pork BBQ sandwiches
Meal Totals– Sandra and her team have added up what the meal should cost per person, giving you a leg up on what you’ll be spending for the meal
Now I realized the other day that this cookbook takes some getting used to.
I was looking for a certain type of recipe and I kept running into the R2R recipes which will call for something you used previously in the week.
If you didn’t use the previous recipe, this could cause you to have to precook some chicken or something like that, but not a huge obstacle to get over.
The only other thing that I would have liked to have seen was at the beginning of each Combination of recipes, page numbers for each recipe. Probably a lazy thing on my part, but it’s a little easier to flip directly to the page rather than flipping past all the other recipes to find the one you want.
But don’t get me wrong. I really do enjoy this cookbook.
Packed with 149 recipes to choose from, including slow cooker, grilling, and lots of great desserts, this cookbook is a must have… especially if your working off a budget!
And OF COURSE I tried out a few of the recipes..
The other night I made her Spinach and Potato Frittata!
YUMMY!! There were NO LEFTOVERS with this dish!
Spinach and Potato Frittata (via Money Saving Meals and Round 2 Recipes by Sandra Lee)
1 russet potato, peeled and thinly sliced $0.30
4 tsp. canola oil, divided use $0.12
1/2 medium diced yellow onion $0.14
2 tsp. chopped garlic $0.02
1 box (10ounce) frozen spinach, thawed and water squeezed out $0.89
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese $0.50
4 eggs $0.68
1 cup milk $0.24
2 tsp. Kosher salt $0.00
1/2 tsp. black pepper $0.00
Preheat oven to 450’ F. Place a baking sheet into the oven to preheat.
Place the sliced potato in a bowl with 2 tablespoons canola oil, season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and toss to coat. Remove baking sheet from oven, spray generously with nonstick cooking spray, and add potato slices, making sure they are all in a single layer. Place in oven and bake for 8 minutes.
In a cast iron skillet, heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add garlic and spinach and sauté for another 2 minutes.
In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, and remaining salt and pepper. Mix in cheese and set aside.
Turn the oven down to 350’F. Remove potatoes from oven and add to skillet. Pour in the egg mixture and gently mix in. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until eggs have set.
Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Serve warm or room temperature.
Cook Time: 45 minutes
$2.89/$0.72 per person
** I received this cookbook in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% all mine **