Photo 2014-07-30, 4 16 35 PMToday I’m going to recommend the one book that you NEED to have in your kitchen.

I have quite a few cookbooks, some that I use more than others, but this one surpasses them all in my mind.

My mom got me this cookbook shortly after I graduated from university and needed to start paying back my student loans. She knew I needed to learn how to cook good food on a budget. I’ve been in love with this cookbook ever since! 

This cookbook is called Healthy Meals for Less: Great-Tasting Simple Recipes Under $1 a Serving. It has tons of amazing recipes in it, and the thing I love most about it is that the ingredients are things that I actually keep in my cabinet.

I wish that I could buy you all a copy and send it to you, but alas, I cannot. So what I am going to do is recommend that you pick yourself up a copy. On Amazon, the Kindle version is just $8, and the cheapest used copy is only $4. Talk about a bargain!

I seriously use this cookbook all the time. Here are some of my favourite recipes:

  • Honey chicken (crockpot meal – I add sweet potatoes to the chicken and honey sauce – yum!)
  • Oven-roasted vegetables (the most tasty way to spice up carrots, potatoes and peppers)
  • Hot chocolate mix (that’s right – just 3 ingredients to make your own – saves a bundle on this tasty drink!)
  • Sweet potato soup (tasty, healthy, and inexpensive)
  • Biscuit mix (so helpful to have on hand to throw together for a complete meal)

This cookbook gives nutritional information along with average price to make the item. (It does use U.S. pricing, so it’s a bit different for those of us who live in the Great White North, but still a helpful pricing guide.) This helps me see the health and dollar benefits of each recipe. In addition, all of the recipes are very simple to make.

So if you get a chance or have a few dollars in your budget to get a copy, please do! You won’t be sorry.

Now it’s your turn! What cookbooks/kitchen books have changed your cooking style?

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