Food Network seems to have joined the frugal revolution. While they’ve had a couple of shows in their rotation that focus on low cost, nutritious meals, including ‘Sandra’s Money Saving Meals‘ and ‘Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d’Arabian‘, they’re pulling out all the stops on Saturday January 15, 2011 with five hours of money saving programming starting at 7:00am. Set your DVRs and TiVos my fellow Frugalistas, unless you’re wide awake and ready to take notes!
In the 7:00am slot Food Network will feature a 2008 episode of ‘Tyler’s Ultimate: Ultimate Fish Fillet Sandwich‘. The episode features recipes for clam chowder, The Ultimate Filet O Fish Sammie and Parmesan oyster cracker.
At 7:30am you’ll find a 2010 episode of ‘Grill It! with Bobby Flay: Have Fork, Pull Pork‘, featuring recipes for pork tenderloin marinated in garlic, lemon and oregano with Greek salad, grilled shrimp Skewers with mustard-dill dressing and black olive yogurt sauce, cucumber cocktail, stuffed pork tenderloin over grilled kale drizzled with grilled peach whiskey beurre blanc, and fling tea.
Food Network fills the 8:00am time slot with ‘Big Daddy’s House: Sandwich Master‘ hosted by Aaron McCargo, Jr. This episode from 2010 will feature recipes for loaded lamb meatball hoagie, Buffalo chicken sandwich with blue cheese slaw, Big Daddy potato salad and Claire’s croque madame,
In the 8:30am time slot Food Network will offer up a 2009 episode of ‘Giada at Home: More for Less‘, which will feature recipes for pea pesto crostini, lemon chicken soup with spaghetti and lemon-mint cake with lemon syrup.
Tune in at 9:00am for a brand new episode of ‘Alex’s Day Off: Budget Friendly Food‘, hosted by Butter restaurant’s executive chef, Alexandra Guarnaschelli. The episode will feature recipes for marinated skirt steak with quick-pickled feta, cast iron skillet potato cake, oven-dried mashed sweet potatoes and baked apples with rum and cinnamon.
Food Network brings us a 2011 episode of ‘Mexican Made Easy: Money-Saving Meals‘ hosted by Marcela Valladolid at 9:30am. This episode will feature recipes for Mexican meatball soup, Mexico City-style tacos, chicken in peanut sauce and Mexican chocolate bread pudding.
At 10:00am Food Network viewers will be treated to a brand new episode of ‘30-Minute Meals: Penny Saving Picnic‘ host by one of Food Network’s periennial favorites, Rachael Ray. This episode will featuring recipes San Marzano gazpacho, broiled chicken thighs with fennel, onions, and roasted red peppers and corn bread crostini.
‘5-Ingredient Fix: Penny Pinching Pleasers‘ follows in the 10:30am time slot. Hosted by Claire Robinson, the episode will feature money saving menu with savory and sweet favorites. At press time, no additional information was available about this episode or the recipes to be featured.
An All-star Food Network host, Paula Deen commands the entire final hour of programming on Saturday morning. Starting with a brand new episode of ‘Paula’s Best Dishes: Pocket Friendly Meals‘, Paula will offer up recipes for nutty orange chicken salad, grilled marinated flank sandwiches, deep-fried squash and peanut butter parfaits.
A second episode of ‘Paula’s Best Dishes: Brown Baggin’ It‘ will conclude Food Network’s Money Saving Saturday programming. This episode from 2010 will feature recipe for Paula’s Italian pasta salad, sweet tea-brined fried chicken on a “Biscone” and scooped out cupcake tarts.
The Buffalo Frugal Living Examiner has reviewed the majority of these recipes and they seem to fall into our guidelines of what constitutes a “money saving meal”. The majority of the ingredients can be found at Buffalo area supermarkets such as Budwey’s, Dash’s, PriceRite, Save-A-Lot, Aldi, Tops Markets and Wegmans. Ingredients that may seem costly really aren’t, because you’ll buy it and a little bit will go a long way in the recipe.
The Buffalo Frugal Living Examiner looks forward to your thoughts and comments on the Food Network’s Money Saving Meals programming on Saturday January 15, 2011.
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