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Budget meals that are tasty, frugal

March 3, 2014
Amy Phelps , MOV Parent

The creator of, Beth Moncel, has released a cookbook with more than 100 recipes to help cut your family's grocery bill into "Budget Bytes" (Avery, $18.)

The recipes are divided into Breakfast; Breads; Dressings, Dips and Sauces; Salads; Pasta; Soups; Meat, Poultry and Seafood; Rice, Beans and Lentils; Vegetables and Desserts.

Breakfast has recipes like Banana Bread Baked Oatmeal and Apple-Cinnamon French Toast Casserole.

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Breads has recipes for both quick breads like Parmesan-Herb Drop Biscuits, and yeast breads like No-Knead Focaccia.

Dressings, Dips and Sauces has recipes for the 'Real Deal" Chip Dip and Sesame-Ginger Dressing.

Salads has recipes like Southwest Chicken Salad.

Pastas has recipes for Spinach & Artichoke Pasta and Easy Pad Thai.

Soups has recipes like Tomato-Cheddar Soup and Zesty Black Bean Soup.

Meat, Poultry and Seafood has recipes for Ginger Beef 'n' Broccoli and Turkey Florentine Meatballs.

Rice, Beans & Lentils has recipes like Taco Rice and White Beans with Spinach & Bacon.

Vegetables has recipes like Triple-Herb Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots & Zucchini.

Desserts has recipes like Strawberry-Cream Cheese Quesadillas.

I made Chicken Tamale Pie, a Mexican casserole with chicken, beans and corn topped with a baked cornbread. While this was one of those recipes that needed several dishes, which leads to a lot of clean up later, I found the end result was so delicious I couldn't complain. My kids did complain about the almost hour cook time, but they gobbled up the end result! It was delicious and very filling, and there were plenty of leftovers for later. There is a lot of variety in this cookbook for your pickiest of eaters, and the recipes are meant to have leftovers, so there's extras for later.



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