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Review: CIG to Eating Well on a Budget

Updated on March 12, 2011

Are you looking for ways to stretch your food budget? Do you want to enjoy great tasting, nutritious meals that don't cost a fortune to make? If so, The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Eating Well on a Budget is a book that you'll likely to find to be very beneficial!

About The CIG to Eating Well on a Budget

The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Eating Well on a Budget is more than just a book on budgeting or a cookbook. It is both! That's what makes it so useful.

Learning how to manage your food budget effectively involves much more than just finding a few recipes made from affordable ingredients and purchasing ingredients when they are on sale. It involves a change in mindset about budgeting and food shopping, paired with a new approach to meal planning and preparation. That's what this informative book is all about.

The book is organized in three distinct sections:

1. Budgeting Tips

The first section in The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Eating Well on a Budget focuses on practical information about creating and managing your food budget. It includes tips on creating and managing a budget, information on how to get the most nutritional bang for the buck, suggestions for managing your eating style, details on food and menu planning, and strategies for food preparation.

2. Meal Planning and Shopping Suggestions

The next section focuses on how to approach shopping for groceries so that you can save on food. It includes suggestions for how to approach creating your shopping list and ways to make sure that you are taking full advantage of all the available tools to help you cut costs. It also includes suggestions for eating out on a budget and creative ideas to save even more (such as canning and preserving food and growing some of your own produce).

3. Budget Conscious Recipes

The third, and final, section of the book is packed with hundreds of great recipes designed specifically with the needs of budge conscious home cooks in mind. There are detailed instructions for preparing many different affordable, yet tasty and nutritious, dishes that are sure to be a hit in your household. The book includes main dishes for every meal period, side dishes, snacks and appetizers, desserts, and more.

Recipe Examples from CIG to Eating Well on a Budget

You are sure to be delighted by the amazing variety of easy-to-prepare recipes included in The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Eating Well on a Budget. Examples of the numerous creative – and low cost – dishes you'll learn to prepare include:

  • Asian Chicken Appetizers
  • Baked Chicken with Apples and Sweet Potatoes
  • Brown Sugar Ginger Shortbread
  • Cheese Wraps with Vegetables and Herbs
  • Creamy Beef Stroganoff
  • Creamy Potato Salad
  • Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
  • Hummus
  • Southwestern Succotash
  • Warm or Cold Bean Salad
  • Many Other Delicious Dishes

Practice Frugal Living with CIG Tips

Put Your New Skills to Work and Reap the Benefits

The time that you spend reading this book will certainly be time well spent! You'll discover many great ways to make the most of your food budget while also learning how to incorporate your new knowledge into a productive approach to preparing tasty, budget-friendly meals for your family. You just may find that frugal living is much easier than expected when you put the tips that you find in The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Eating Well on a Budget to work in your household!

CIG to Eating Well on a Budget is a Great Gift Idea

Keep in mind that you're probably not the only person in your family or circle of friends who is looking for ways to make the most of your food budget. Consider The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Eating Well on a Budget the next time you're shopping for holiday, birthday, wedding, or other special occasion gift ideas. Just about anyone can benefit from learning what this book has to offer. This interesting and informative book can certainly be a perfect example of a "gift that keeps on giving"!

Thanks to the Penguin Group for providing me the opportunity to review this book. ~MW

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