Melissa's Season 4 Top Tips

To add to her new season of Ten Dollar Dinners, Melissa shares her best tips for cooks on a budget and busy moms like herself.

Categories:
Comfort Food, Healthy, Make Ahead
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BELLISIMO BARGAIN
Melissa’s sauteed cannellini beans are inspired by a dish at one of her favorite Italian restaurants back in high school and college. She and her mom would dine there for special occasions, and they served a sauteed cannellini bean appetizer that Melissa loved.

Beans are a great go-to ingredient for entertaining. They're full of fiber and protein, they’re tasty, they're inexpensive and they fill guests up. You can buy beans canned, but dried are 80 percent less expensive. Melissa saves time by cooking up a large batch of beans, portioning them out for her recipe needs and freezing them. One cup of cooked beans costs only about 22 cents!