This is Erin’s third cookbook. In addition to helping us eat well on a budget, the recipes in this cookbook make meal prep and clean up fast and easy allowing us to spend more time with the family.
Before jumping into the recipes, Erin shares tips and strategies for making one-dish dinners. She offers tips to save money on groceries, strategic meal planning, ways to save time cooking, tips on freezing casseroles and more. She even discusses the types of cookware best suited for one-dish dinners and the best way to care for it.
The book is filled with over 150 one-dish recipes that are budget-friendly and satisfying. With recipes covering everything from pizza, sandwiches, chicken, beef, fish, soups, and so much more including desserts, you’ll find something to suit every one.
I’ve tested out a few of the recipes myself and am overall very pleased. I was curious to see not only how the recipes tasted but also if I would be able to make them for $5, especially since I cannot get the meat as cheaply here as Erin is able to get it.
The first recipe I made was the Pizza Penne Bake. This wasn’t a one-dish dinner for me since I don’t have a Dutch oven or any other stove-top to oven friendly pot big enough. Even so, it was simple to make. I enjoyed this dish but my kids absolutely loved it. I enjoyed the leftovers for lunch and thought it was even better then. I left out the red pepper because I didn’t want to make a special trip to the store for it. And I managed to make this recipe for under $5.
The second recipe I tried was the Chicken Fajita Casserole. My oldest daughter and I loved this. My youngest, picky eater didn’t like it as well as the Pizza Penne Bake. I found it took almost 20 minutes longer to cook in my oven than the recipe called for to get it to the proper internal temperature. However it was very simple to make and was a truly one-dish dinner for me. Once again, I was able to make it for under $5.
The third recipe I tried was Smothered Italian Pork Chops. As the recipe is written it did not work for us. It calls for small diced potatoes to cook with the pork chops. And while the pork chops cooked perfectly the potatoes never got done. We ended up pulling the pork chops out and continued to cook the potatoes on their own for an additional 20 minutes but they still weren’t done so we gave up on the potatoes. I usually cook potatoes at a much higher temperature so I think that is why I was having an issue. Now all that being said, the pork chops were delicious! My husband was home for dinner that night as well and we all enjoyed the pork chops. I will make the recipe again, I will just omit the potatoes the next time. And yes, I made it for under $5.
The recipes we tried were very good and I appreciated how easy they were to prepare. I did have some issues with cooking times but suspect these recipes were tested out on a much more efficient oven than I have but it’s something to keep in mind when preparing the recipes from this book. There are still lots of recipes I want to try out including: Southwest Mac and Cheese, Thai Chicken with Noodles, Spanish Rice Casserole, Vegetable Fiesta Stew, Nutty Butter Brownies and so many more.
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