Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Busy People's Fast & Frugal Cookbook - Giveaway (Closed)

When I heard about the new Busy People's Fast & Frugal Cookbook by Dawn Hall, I had to check it out. The subtitle, comfort foods that are easy on the figure AND budget, is very appealing, don't you think?

I haven't seen the book, except for some sample pages online. What I first noticed is that the author includes timing information for preparing an entire meal. This would be especially helpful for new cooks, but also for timing a dinner for company! Each recipe also includes nutrition information, including diabetic exchanges, and a grocery list.

Learn more about The Busy People's Fast & Frugal Cookbook here.

Thanks to Thomas Nelson, the publisher of The Busy People's Fast & Frugal Cookbook, three lucky winners will each receive a copy of this new book!

Here's how to enter:

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More details: Open to residents of USA, age 18 or older. Giveaway ends 10/27/09 at noon (Eastern time). Winners will be chosen by the random number generator at Random.org. Each winner will be contacted by email and must claim the prize within 48 hours, or another winner will be chosen. Void where prohibited.

Disclosure: I have received no compensation for this post or for hosting this giveaway.

122 Comments :

plb8156 said...

I stock up on things like spaghetti sauce & pasta & other necessary items when they are on sale. That way I am paying the lowest price...then I keep recipes on hand that I can throw together with these ingredients...it works wonders in a pinch :) With 5 kids I need to be prepared
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plb8156 said...

I would love to try the southwestern chicken enchilada soup...it sounds like the ingredients are mostly stuff I would have on hand & it sounds yummy - my kids will enjoy :)
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joeandbridge said...

Plan, Plan, Plan. Make meals ahead of time-enough for 2-3 dinners and freeze. I only recently started doing this. My youngest went to Kindergarten and have the whole day to myself. More time has made fast dinners easy. Crockpot dinners are good too. Thanks for the giveaway!
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joeandbridge said...

I'd like to try the Sunrise Soufflé. I've never tried a breakfast dish in the crock pot. Thanks!
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April Vereb said...

My "fast" trick is to cook hamburger ahead of time and freeze it, so you can just pull it out and stick it in the recipe that calls for cooked ground beef. You can also pat out your patties and freeze them as well. My "frugal" trick is to get that last bit of ketchup, spaghetti sauce, etc. out of the jar with a little bit of water. You wouldn't believe how much we throw away that sticks to the sides!!

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April Vereb said...

I would LOVE to try the apple pie with granola topping recipe!! Yummm!

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Thena said...

Fast, and frugal. Crock pot cooking.

Thena said...

Steak & Potato Cattlemen's Soup sounds wonderful.

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Farmer*swife said...

I love to have lots of things chopped ahead of time and in the freezer so that I may pull out ingredients and throw them in at the last minute.

I also like to keep vegetables like yellow squash, pureed in the freezer. It mixes and cooks in well with casseroles and sauces and the family is never aware that they are getting additional vitamins snuck in. :-)

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dliver316 said...

For fast and frugal meals, I try to always eat all of our leftovers. I think that throwing away leftovers is such a waste of money. I will make my hubby take them to lunch and feed them to my son for lunch the next day.

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dliver316 said...

I am dying to get this book so I can try the gingerbread version of those dirt cheap cupcakes you posted about. I love gingerbread at this time of year!

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The McDougles said...

I stock up on rice and noodles because they are cheap and can make fast meals or side dishes and I also stock up on BOGO sales

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The McDougles said...

I would love to try the southwestern chicken enchilada soup. Sounds so yummy!

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Jeanine said...

my 2 best tips: 1-go to the store with a list and stick to it! and 2-stock up when meat is on a great sale, then cook it and freeze it. i love to so this with chicken breasts.

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Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Awesome giveaway!! :)

My best tip for cooking fast and frugal is to take a few extra minutes to sit down and make a menu for the week. This way you don't waste time wandering around the grocery and spending extra money. :)

Julie VW said...

My fast-n-frugal tip is to make a double (or triple) batch of something and freeze it for future meals. When I'm feeling frazzled I can take sloppy joes or chilli out of the freezer for quick-n-healthy food!

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Farmer*swife said...

Yum! The Southwest Chicken Enchilada Soup sounds good!
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Linda K said...

I keep spaghetti sauce and pasta around at all times and buy ground beef in bulk, cook it up and divide for later use. Add a few more spices and a great dinner in no time.

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Sticky breakfast bagels look tasty.

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LB said...

My frugal tip is to buy staples when they are on sale and when you have coupons. By starting off with a cheap base you can add more expensive items and still have an inexpensive meal.

LB said...

I would like to try the cookies and cream brownies.

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Brenda said...

The salmon chowder looks good to me!

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susan said...

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susan said...

I would love to try any of the breakfast recipes. Cereal is getting old!

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bellaluna221 said...

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Pat said...

Double your recipe. Eat half and freeze half.
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Stacey said...

I like to pad out my recipes with rice or potatoes! stacey at staceyworld dot com

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Wendi P said...

I plan my menus each week. I use whatever is in my stockpile and purchase whatever is on sale.

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Sandi said...

I plan, plan, plan and then only go to the store once. If I can't sleep, I cook it up and freeze it.

Gerrie said...

My tip is to make meals that are one dish meals that can be made up ahead of time so that all you have to do is put it in the oven when you get home.
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Sue D said...

My tip for fast frugal meals is to pick recipes that use ingredients you normally have on hand--of course you have bought these ingredients on sale.
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Gerrie said...

I would like to try some of the slow cooker entree meals
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Sue D said...

The Steak and Potato Cattlemen's Soup sounds very good for this time of year.

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Dwalline said...

We buy meat/poultry in bulk at the local supermarket. They do a special where you can get 5 specially marked packages for $20. They always have a few different types of beef/chicken/sausage ect, When we get home we cut everything up into portion sizes and put them in freezer bags. We also always keep the frozen steamer vegetables on hand. Keeping the meat/poultry in portion sized bags helps cut down on the defrost time and its easy to just grab that out of the freezer in a pinch

Dwalline said...

Id love to try the Beef Burrito Casserole

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janetfaye said...

Mix one can of green peas into one pound of cooked orzo, add 2 tbl. butter and Parmesan Cheese. This is my favorite frugal meal.

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janetfaye said...

I would like to try Spiced Apples recipe.

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Love to try the fettucini alfredo recipe!

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carmen said...

A fast and frugal meal at our home is quesidillas (sp?). So easy and always hits the spot!

carmen said...

The "Southwestern Chicken Enchilada Soup" from Dawn Hall sounds tasty! I'd like to try that.

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Emily said...

Cook on the weekends and prepare enough for the week. Then you don't have to worry about it when work is all crazy.

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The Mashed Potatoes Deluxe recipe looks great!

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Stephanie said...

I often purchase meat (chicken and ground beef) on sale and cook it. Then freeze it in ziploc bags in the amount I need for recipes like Spaghetti, Chili, soups, etc

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I'd love to try Hawaiian French Toast. yum!

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Bonita12 said...

I use the crockpot a lot for perfect meals when I get home from work.

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Fettuccini Alfredo sounds good!

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