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The front of this cookbook reads:  “200 Recipes for Quick, Delicious, and Nourishing Meals That Are Easy on the Budget and a Snap to Prepare.”  That was exactly what I was looking for when I dove into this cookbook.  I was so happy to find a cookbook that not only helps to save on the grocery bill, but there is such a great variety of recipes in this cookbook that you could find recipe ideas for anyone.  And I truly believe that this cookbook was written with busy moms in mind – everything is so easy to prepare – and most use ingredients that I usually have on hand!

Prep and Cook Times Listed:  no

When I originally asked all of you what you like to see in a cookbook, prep and cook times listed at the beginning of a recipe was something you all like.  (Me too!!)  But it seems like this is pretty rare in cookbooks.  In fact, of all the cookbook reviews I’ve done, very few actually contain this information in the cookbook.

Number of Photos: 8

Only 8 photos for 200 recipes, so it’s definitely not a photo heavy cookbook.

Difficulty Level of Recipes: easy

This is a very basic cookbook – I think this would be a perfect cookbook for anyone that is intimidated in the kitchen!

Availability of Ingredients:easy

Most of the ingredients for these recipes are pantry staples for me – I don’t think there is much that you’d have a hard time finding at any local grocery store!

Taco Macaroni and Cheese - 8 out of 10

Honey Mustard Salmon – 7.5 out of 10

Potato Pizza Pie – 7.5 out of 10

Sloppy Chicken Joes – 7.5 out of 10


Overall Rating:  7.625 out of 10

If you are looking for a “weeknight meal”  cookbook, this is a great one!  So many easy, family friendly recipes.  You won’t find any complicated, long, drawn-out recipes in this book.  I found myself cooking from this cookbook in the weeks before I had a baby, and that alone is proof that these recipes are simple recipes!  I love that even though I’m not a coupon or sale only shopper, these meals were still very inexpensive.  I’m not sure I could have come in under the $5 mark since I’m not the best bargain shopper, but I know that even at full price, these are inexpensive meals to make.  I also do love that the first 3 chapters of this book are dedicated to teaching you more about grocery shopping, using coupons, and menu planning.  I think that this cookbook is a must have for anyone trying to save a few dollars and feed their families good, healthy food!

Next up is a cookbook I’ve been eagerly waiting for – the Our Best Bites cookbook.  I can already tell you – I’ve already made 2 of the recipes and they were both amazing!  And I’ve got about 50 others bookmarked.  Can’t wait to cook my way through this one!


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2 Responses to Cookbook of the Month Review – The $5 Dinner Mom Cookbook

  1. Joanne says:

    This definitely sounds like one rock star cookbook! I love finding cheap and easy recipes that still taste good.

  2. Val says:

    I love the idea of $5 dinners!!! Will definitely have to check out the cookbook!

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