November 27, 2011

Money Saving Meals & Round 2 Recipes by Sandra Lee

Money Saving Meals & Round 2 Recipes by Sandra Lee is a cookbook that gives full meal recipes that can then be used again for the round 2 recipes with the leftovers. This unique take on a cookbook is perfect for those that need to save money, yet still have their family eat well.

Book Description
In Money Saving Meals and Round 2 Recipes, Sandra Lee helps readers save more money than ever before one meal at a time, as she does in her highly popular Food Network show.

These dishes are easy, quick-scratch style, and include dishes such as Slow Cooker Short Ribs, Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Salsa, Chicken Tacos with Cucumber Salsa, Beanless Beef Chili, S’mores Pudding Parfait, and much more.

Each recipe combination offers money-saving pricing and total savings for delicious healthful, quick, easy meals so that readers see what they save with every dish. The savings, and your repertoire of tasty, effortless meals, quickly add up on cooking. In these budget-conscious times, Sandra’s Money Saving Meals truly hits home, offering “the maximum joy with the minimum kitchen and grocery shopping stress.” – Money Saving Meals & Round 2 Recipes

My Thoughts
Money Saving Meals & Round 2 Recipes is one of the best cookbooks of our times. People can’t afford to make high end meals for their family for each meal. However, Sandra Lee shows that you can eat still eat fabulously while also staying on budget. The very fact that she gives additional recipes to use for the leftovers and extras from the main meal is my favorite part, because regular leftovers are boring, and are often thrown out, which doesn’t save any money at all.

This cookbook is in full color. The photos of the food are gorgeous and make you want to cook everything you see, but not all of the recipes include photos of the food. I’m a visual person, so being able to see what the food is supposed to look like when finished, is really a must have for me.

The recipes are all done simply and are easy to follow. Nothing is too pretentious for a novice cook to fear trying. Sandra Lee does a really fabulous job with this cookbook for people of all cooking skill levels to enjoy.

Some of my favorite recipes included in this cookbook:
  • Grilled Margherita Pizza
  • Zucchini Cakes
  • Veggie Lasagna
  • Chicken Schnitzel with Mushroom Sauce
  • Coconut Caramel Cream Pie
  • Stuffed Peppers

Overall, I really enjoyed this cookbook. The recipes that I tried I loved. I did have to adjust some of them to be gluten-free, but it wasn’t really much of an issue to work around for me. I think that this is a superb cookbook for people to save money and eat well. I highly recommend it.

* Thank you to the publisher of Money Saving Meals & Round 2 Recipes, Hyperion, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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