If you like to cook, you are probably always intrigued by new cookbooks. (I know I am!) So you pick one up and thumb through it and try to get a sense of whether or not it is your type of cookbook. For me, "my type" of cookbook is basically anything that goes along with the theme of this site. That means quick, easy and uses everyday ingredients usually found in my pantry. I'm always bummed when I get a new cookbook or check one out from the library only to get it home and realize that it's not "my type". What a waste of time!
So if your favorite "type" of cookbook is similar to mine, especially if you're on a budget, let me introduce you to The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. Written by Erin Chase of $5 Dinners.com, this cookbook has over 200 dinner recipes all for $5.00 or under. The amazing thing about the $5 is that includes your main dish as well as a side dish! Erin even breaks down the prices of each item so you can see how she came up with the cost. These recipes typically feed 4 people and depending on the appetite of your kids, you might even end up with leftovers.
Here are a few of the recipes we've tried so far: Garlic Pork Chops with Garlic Mashed Potatoes on the side, Lentil-Mashed Potato Bake, Red Pepper Rotini and Basic Vinaigrette. As you can see by some of the comments these recipes have received, people are excited about making these dinners.
Let me put aside a couple concerns you may have. First, Erin does a great job using wholesome ingredients and avoiding a lot of processed foods. She even has recipes for homemade breads and sauces in order to cut down on costs and increase nutrition. Second, there truly is a breadth of variety in this book. After her first few chapters on grocery shopping, couponing and meal planning the recipe are broken down as follows: Pasta and Pizza Dinners, Chicken and Turkey Meals, Beef Meals, Pork Meals, Fish and Seafood, Soups and Stews, Vegetarian Meals and Homemade Recipes.
If you are looking for a new cookbook to add to your stash, I highly recommend The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook. Right now it is on sale at Amazon for only $8.24 plus shipping. I don't know how long that price will last but there's no time like the present!
Disclosure: I received one copy of The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook for review. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own.