What to Watch: Cheat Day on Valerie’s Home Cooking, and the Premiere of The Great Food Truck Race

Get all the details on the upcoming premieres this weekend on Food Network.
By: Nora Horvath

As the summer comes to a close and schedules get busier, tune in this weekend for super-simple dinner inspiration from your favorite Food Network chefs. On Saturday’s The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond is looking for tasty ways to eat low-carb, like a cauliflower-crust pizza and grilled pork with baby bok choy. Up next, the hosts of The Kitchen are simplifying dinner with five-ingredient dishes like sausage carbonara and quick sausage gumbo. After that, it’s cheat day at Valerie Bertinelli’s house, where she’s whipping up guilty-pleasure dishes like vegetable pot stickers and mini zeppoles (aka Italian fried dough) with a caramel-Marsala dipping sauce.

Then on Sunday, Giada De Laurentiis is in Florence on Giada in Italy, and she’s celebrating the life of her grandfather, Dino De Laurentiis. In his honor she’s cooking up some of his favorites, like Carbonara Cacio e Pepe and Olive Oil Sorbetto with Berries and Balsamic. Later, Guy’s Grocery Games kicks off a night of intense competition with the first installment of Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games, where eight top celebrity chefs will battle it out over five weeks in Guy’s toughest challenges yet. Next, it’s the season premiere of The Great Food Truck Race, where six family teams will go head-to-head on the road for a chance to win $50,000. After that, Cooks vs. Cons pits pro chefs against excellent home cooks as contestants must transform frozen vegetables into a restaurant-worthy dish.

The Pioneer Woman: Low-Carb Lusciousness

Ree is working on some great new ideas for cooking low-carb! First up in the test kitchen is some flavorsome and fantastic Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Baby Bok Choy, then a whole new take on pizza with Cauliflower Crust and incredible Spicy Pizza Sauce. Finally, a real dynamic duo: Roasted Shrimp with Cherry Tomatoes alongside Roasted Lemon-Chile Broccoli.

Saturday 10a|9c
The Kitchen: High Five

The Kitchen is making delicious dishes with only five ingredients, starting with Marcela Valladolid's mess-free Mexican Shrimp and Mediterranean Salmon Foil Packs. Plus, see how to use kitchen staples in five new ways and learn how to set the table with five styling tips from Katie Lee. Weeknight meals are made easier with Sunny Anderson's Five-Ingredient Spice Sausage Carbonara and her Quickest Sausage Gumbo Ever. Cooking Channel's Haylie Duff stops by to make an Open-Face Baguette with Baked Brie and Port-Soaked Cherries. Finally, Geoffrey Zakarian makes his Ipaloma, and we find out which new beer trends are worth trying.

Saturday 11a|10c

It's one of those nights when Valerie and her husband Tom's cravings are all over the map, so they decide to have it all! Valerie cooks up some of their favorite guilty-pleasure dishes: Chicken with Prunes and Olives, Italian Wedge Salad with Gorgonzola topped with Crispy Pancetta, Vegetable Pot Stickers and, for dessert, Mini Zeppoles with a Caramel Marsala Dipping Sauce.

Saturday 12|11c
Giada in Italy: What Would Nonno Dino Make?

There's no one who would have loved a big family reunion — in Italy, surrounded by platters of food — more than Giada’s grandfather, Dino. Giada and her Aunt Raffy celebrate Dino's love of food by creating some of his favorites, like Carbonara Cacio e Pepe, Mussels with Fennel and Italian Beer, and Olive Oil Sorbetto with Berries and Balsamic.

Sunday 12|11c

Eight of the greatest celebrity chefs face off in an epic five-week competition featuring Guy Fieri's toughest games ever. In the first round, all eight superstars must make their signature dish using only ingredients from the middle aisles. Then, in the second round, the bottom two all-stars must fight for survival in a cook-off of all-American favorites, and that isn't the only twist!

Sunday 8|7c

The Great Food Truck Race: Family Face-Off: A Family Affair  

Six family teams kick off The Great Food Truck Race with a funnel cake-eating contest at a theme park in Los Angeles. After leaving the park, host Tyler Florence gives the families their first signature menu cooking challenge. On day two, the teams take part in a bidding war for a prime selling spot on the theme park's grounds. These first-time food truckers quickly that realize operating a food truck is much more than fun in the California sun as they continue on the road to the grand prize of $50,000!

Sunday 9|8c
Cooks vs. Cons: Crab Cake Crazy

Judges Richard Blais and Marcus Samuelsson are put to the test determining whose crab cakes are the best between cooks and cons. When frozen vegetables must be used to create a winning dish, will it be a piece of cake for the working chefs, or will the amateurs have the advantage? Then, it's a booze cruise to the finish, as the secret ingredient of cocktails keeps the judges drunk with power.

Sunday 10|9c
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