Every penny counts. Take a peek at these cookbooks for meals that will feed a crowd without breaking your pocketbook:
Good Life for Less (Clark, Amy Allen) - author is the creator of MomAdvice.com; cook a whole turkey - use half and freeze half - this will be cheaper than purchasing lunch meat; the same goes for "double batching" - prep and cook one meal to eat that day and a second to freeze for the future; cook and puree your own baby food and freeze it in ice trays; use a slow cooker - inexpensive ingredients combine into delicious dishes; recipes include California Italian Wedding Soup; leftover coffee - don't pitch it - freeze it and make frappachinos by adding peppermint and/or chocolate syrup; learn how to make your own cleaning products; many inexpensive entertaining, gift, and decorating ideas are included
Sandra Lee Semi Homemade Money Saving Slow Cooking (Lee, Sandra) - prep time for most recipes is 10-15 minutes, and slowcooking for a few hours following, you will enjoy a one pot meal such as Cajun Pork Chops or Chicken Broccoli Mac'n'Cheese - check out her web too
Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Well on a Budget (Beale, Lucy) - "budget-wise, high-nutrition foods" are listed, as are staples for your pantry; great menu ideas, including vegetarian main dishes; many recipes contain just a few ingredients; recipes list calories and nutritional values
Budget Bytes: Over 100 Easy, Delicious Recipes to Slash Your Grocery Bill in Half (Moncel, Beth) - written by the creator of budgetbytes.com, check out Easy Pad Thai, Farmer Joes (Sloppy Joes with veggies added), Greek Steak Tacos, Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps, Calico Beans, and "The One," a chocolate cake you microwave in a coffee cup!
Family Feasts for $75 a Week (Ostyn, Mary) - this blogger responsible for Owlhaven lists what she directed her newly married daughter to purchase and cook to make dollars go the farthest - she included pantry staples, what foods to buy which months, and which cuts of meats are the most cost effective; listed are fast meals for "crazy days;" wonderful suggestions include Grandma's Mushroom Chicken, Shepherd's Pie, Orange-Chicken, Chicken Tortilla Soup, and more
Cheap, Fast, Good! A Cookbook (Mills, Beverly) - a wide array of ideas such as "Super-Saver Soups and Stews" and more "batch cooking," because, "meat in the freezer that's already cooked is like gold in the bank"
Taste of Home Dinner on a Dime (Briggs, Janet) - from the trusted magazine, over 400 popular recipes, none of which will taste penny-pinching