Trying some new food ideas

We’re always on the look out for low-cost flavorful food so that we can lower this budget category that seems to spiral out of control more months than it doesn’t . I’ve posted before about the “morphing” meals we have done for several months, but we’ve found that we’re looking for a little more variety.

I think we have found it in Melissa d’Arabian’s new show on The Food Network.

My husband and I are fans of the show “The Next Food Network Star” and we were thrilled when the “underdog” won the most recent competition. She is a mother of 4 and she has a lot of great money saving tips, so the Food Network launched her first show as Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian.

This is exciting for us, because we figure that with just two of us, it will really equal a lunch AND dinner for two people for $10. What a great way to keep food costs down while stretching your dollar (especially with flavorful home-cooked food).

Tonight, we are going to try the North African Meatballs and Couscous with Dried Dates (yum!) and are looking forward to seeing what she comes up with next.

Note: each episode comes with money saving tips posted as “web only” content on the site – here’s a peek at the one for the meal we are making tonight.

Considering the economic climate, was this a smart move by The Food Network, or what?


2 thoughts on “Trying some new food ideas

  1. We too LOVED that Melissa won! Yay for the underdog.

    I just found your blog and I just wanted to send you a encouraging word. Well done to you both for taking this challenge. We are also on this debt-reduction path…so tiring, but so exciting when you meet even the smallest goals.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Hey Elizabeth – thanks so much for your feed-back and support! I hope the best for both of you, too – it is a marathon, so its painful, but we’ll be able to celebrate once we cross that finish line!

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