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Season five winner of The Next Food Network Star and stay-at-home mom, Melissa d'Arabian, shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode: four people, ten bucks, infinite possibilities. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian demonstrates home cooking at its finest.
Melissa d'Arabian makes a delicious Chicken Dinner that's chic, easy, and affordable. The star of the meal is Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken, juicy and aromatic, served alongside tender Ratatouille bursting with fresh vegetables. Crusty Parmesan Bread completes this family-friendly menu.
Melissa d'Arabian takes inspiration from a restaurant meal and re-creates the flavors at home. Zucchini Carpaccio starts the meal off on a fresh note, with a delicate, moist Claypot Fish and Potatoes entrée to follow. Brown Butter Madeleines make a simple dessert the whole family will love.
Melissa d'Arabian makes a pot of Mussels in Wine, with her special white wine-fennel broth she lightly infuses with orange zest. A piece of French bread for dipping completes this satisfying entrée. For dessert, Melissa's Berry Pavlovas feature crisp meringue nests filled with whipped cream, ripe strawberries and a drizzle of apricot jam. This classic - and classy! - meal is simple, affordable and utterly delicious.
Melissa d'Arabian transports your taste buds to Morocco, starting with a Chilled Carrot and Cauliflower Soup, aromatic with cumin and lemon zest, and finished with a swirl of yogurt. For the main course, her Chicken Tagine is fall-off-the-bone tender, perfect alongside Melissa's Couscous with Peas and Mint. The meal's low price point is as dreamy as the flavors.
Melissa d'Arabian rolls up flavor-packed Beef Rouladen with first-rate flavor, at an affordable price. To round out the meal, Melissa prepares two delicious sides: tender Braised Cabbage and creamy Mashed Potatoes.
Melissa d'Arabian shares her fun and simple recipes for homemade Falafel, which she serves on a simple salad of lettuce, tomato, and cucumber. Her Creamy White Bean Yogurt Sauce is tangy and garlicky, perfect to drizzle over the golden falafel. Couscous Tabouli, packed with fresh herbs, tomatoes, and Israeli Couscous, makes a light and zesty side.
Melissa d'Arabian captures the fresh flavors of the Italian coast, starting with Mascarpone Crostini topped with creamy cheese and roasted bell peppers or tangy pickled shallots. Fresh Mediterranean Pasta with Salsa Cruda features an uncooked tomato-caper sauce seasoned with a few surprise ingredients. For dessert, Individual Tiramisus will pick you up, not weigh you down. And the meal won't weigh on your wallet, either!
Melissa d'Arabian has a delicious steak dinner that's quick enough for a weeknight, yet impressive enough for company. Her Sliced Sirloin Steak is the center of the menu, with Poblano Pesto to spoon over the top, and Sweet Potato Hash to serve alongside. Non-Alcoholic Sangria is a refreshing way to toast this satisfying meal.
Melissa d'Arabian shares easy, affordable recipes for serving Tex-Mex favorites at home. Her Pork Carnitas are the star of the Burrito Bowl bar: the caramelized morsels of shredded pork are served over seasoned rice with black beans, Melissa's Simple Pico de Gallo, and all the fixin's like cheddar cheese, green onions, and sour cream. Chocolate-Cinnamon nachos satisfy your sweet tooth, completing this south of the border menu that the whole family will love.
Melissa d'Arabian stirs up an Italian meal worthy of company, at a price you won't believe. Sautéed Cannelini Beans make a delicious, protein-packed appetizer with toasted baguette slices. Garlic Spaghetti is aromatic and mellow, thanks to Melissa's super simple technique. Quick Cinnamon-Apple Tarte comes together in ten minutes and bakes as you enjoy dinner. Delizioso!
Melissa d'Arabian shares her recipes for a big-flavor brunch with big money savings. Tasty Huevos Rancheros are baked in individual tortilla shells for a fun new twist on the classic brunch entrée. On the side, Brunch Cornbread is moist, tender, and served warm with a touch of honey-lime butter. Bubbly Lime Spritzers are cool and refreshing any time of day.
Melissa d'Arabian spruces up weeknight chicken with an easy, French-inspired menu. Chicken in Mustard features tender braised chicken in a rich and creamy sauce. Super Buttered Noodles make the perfect companion. On the side, a delicate Leek Salad with balsamic vinaigrette is simple and elegant.
Melissa d'Arabian comforts your taste buds and wallet with this menu of All-American hits, both savory and sweet. Chicken Pot Pie Turnovers package creamy chicken stew in individual puff pastry pockets, for an updated twist on the classic pot pie. On the side, Thyme-Scented Radishes and Carrots are a hit with kids and adults alike. For dessert, Black Bean Brownies are so fudgy and rich, the extra protein and fiber will be your secret!
Melissa d'Arabian proves you can serve a delicious fried chicken meal any night of the week, without breaking a sweat...or your budget. Her Weeknight Buttermilk Fried Chicken is juicy and tender inside, golden and crispy outside, the perfect match for creamy Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes. Crunchy and fresh Kale Slaw completes this Southern-inspired meal.
Melissa d'Arabian has an easy, affrodable menu worthy of company. Stuffed Belgian Endive is braised until tender and smothered in nutty Swiss cheese, the perfect rich foil for her Green Salad with Roasted Pear and Blue Cheese. A few simple ingredients make her Dressed Up Rice a perfect addition to the meal.
Melissa d'Arabian knows French food doesn't have to be fussy, expensive, or covered in heavy sauces. She lightens French flavors and puts money back in your wallet with three easy recipes. Her French Onion Soup is rich in flavor, not fat, and Easy Breadsticks help soak up the tasty broth. Salade Nicoise is piled high with fresh and satisfying flavors.
Melissa d'Arabian makes a rich and beefy lasagna with maximum satisfaction at minimum cost. Equally easy is her Mandarin Orange Gratine with Tangy Sabayon Sauce, pairing tangy citrus with a creamy sauce for a near-instant sweet treat.
Melissa d'Arabian slashes your meal tab with this restaurant-worthy menu. Braised Pork Country Ribs are fall-off-the-bone-tender, served with Melissa's ultimate Creamy Polenta. Roasted Balsamic Onions are caramelized and sweet, a simple yet elegant side.
Melissa d'Arabian makes a quick soup and sandwich meal worthy of your neighborhood café. Quick Croque Madames layer tender ham, a tangy cream sauce, and melted Swiss cheese on toasted country bread, all crowned with a perfectly fried egg. Alongside, Rich Roasted Tomato Soup is brimming with deep tomato flavor and aromatic herbs. Crispy Kale Chips bring a salty crunch to the plate, and added nutrition.
Melissa d'Arabian whips up her favorite Chinese takeout dishes, at a fraction of the cost. Sesame Chicken is slightly sweet with an orange marinade, and gets baked until golden and tender. Lemony Egg Soup turns everyday ingredients into a warm and comforting starter. Orange-Ginger Fried Wontons are so crisp and delicious, you may never need your takeout menus again!
Melissa d'Arabian satisfies hungry tailgaters without breaking the bank, with this game day game plan. BBQ Ranch Deviled Eggs are a fun update on an old favorite, while Gameday Chili is classic and rich with ground beef and fragrant spices. Spiced Kettle corn is sweet, salty, and slightly spicy, perfect to snack on throughout the game.
Melissa d'Arabian fires up the grill with three delicious recipes. Beef and Black Bean Sliders are hearty and healthy; Grilled Coleslaw and Grilled Potato Salad add a flavorful twist to two classic sides.
Melissa d'Arabian stirs up her family's favorite Saturday morning brunch menu. Her puffed Vanilla Dutch Baby, topped with fresh blueberries and lemon zest, is big enough for the whole family; Homemade Garlic Sausage Patties and Roasted Provencal Tomatoes round out the weekend spread.
Melissa d'Arabian serves up a French inspired budget bash with recipes for Pissalidiere (French Pizza), Butter Lettuce Salad with Poached Eggs and Lardons plus Honey Glazed Grilled Pineapple.
Melissa d'Arabian cooks a meal fit for guests that also fits your budget. Her Roasted Chicken, cooked alongside tender potatoes, comes out juicy and golden every time; Garlicky Sautéed Swiss Chard makes a fresh and flavorful side dish. For dessert, Petite Nutella Pochettes are bite-sized treats everyone will love.
Melissa D'Arabian makes a summery fish dinner that's ready in a flash and won't break the bank. Sauteed Flounder fillets are elegant alongside a colorful array of stuffed summer vegetables. Ginger-Mint Simple Syrup transforms watermelon into a light and refreshing dessert.
It's Italian made easy when Melissa d'Arabian shares her recipes for Caprese Tartlets, Parmesan-Crusted Pork Loin Cutlets and Garlic oil Sautéed Pasta with Broccoli.
Melissa D'Arabian highlights fresh ingredients in a menu inspired by the Mediterranean. Pan Con Tomate is a classic Spanish starter; Juicy Flat-Roasted Chicken and Sweet Vegetable Saute use simple technique to maximize flavor.
Melissa d'Arabian shares her plan for a picnic with recipes for a Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar and for dessert, a Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread.
Melissa D'Arabian prepares a summertime menu with inspiration from the farmer's market. Her Antipasto Platter is filled with pickled and grilled seasonal vegetables, marinated olives, and cured meats. Her Grilled Mixed Mushroom Pizza is easy and flavorful, perfect for dinner al fresco.
Melissa d'Arabian shares the money saving secrets of three of her favorite recipes; Lentil Quinoa Salad, Shrimp with cilantro pesto and a Tomato and Eggplant Tian style casserole.
Celebrate summer's bounty with Melissa d'Arabian's fresh and affordable dishes. Simply Grilled Chicken Breasts shine with Roasted Tomato and Onion Dipping Sauce, while Celery Root Remoulade makes a crunchy, creamy side.
Melissa loves entertaining, and with a little creativity she can feed a crowd and stay within her budget. Today's menu for game day features cheesy Quesadillas, hearty black bean hummus, protein-packed tapenade with tuna, and fresh-popped popcorn she seasons with clean, tasty ingredients.
Melissa has a meal that is as healthy as it is delicious, and satisfying to boot. Follow her to the French countryside as she makes a hearty White Bean and Tuna Nicoise Bread Salad; it's a satisfying match for bowls of her freshly made soup, all for under $10.
Melissa's 4-step chicken is back and better than ever in this 4-step Chicken Marengo recipe with a delicious, simple tomato sauce your whole family will love. Also on the menu, chunky Smashed Potatoes and a vibrant Spinach and Citrus Salad.
Melissa loves to bring extra nutrition to her family whenever she can, and today she's upping the health factor of one of her favorite meals with affordable specialty pasta. Her Sausage and Roasted Vegetables over High Protein Pasta is a true family favorite that pleases both body and taste buds alike.
Melissa prepares an elegant spread that will blow guests away without blowing her budget. Herb Crusted Pork Loin makes a stunning centerpiece alongside ruby red (roasted/braised red cabbage), and popovers are a fun, delicious treat for the bread plate.
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