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Meet Melissa

Mom of four and winner of Food Network Star Season 5, Melissa d'Arabian is known for transforming everyday meals into budget-friendly dishes the whole family will enjoy on her show, Ten Dollar Dinners with Melissa d'Arabian.

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Little Bites, Big Flavors

Instead of serving one big-batch main dish, Melissa makes several smaller appetizers to add variety to her meal. Here she rolls two-bite turkey meatballs that will be baked and dotted with a spicy raspberry topping.

Go Greek

Melissa mixes up a light but satisfying Greek-inspired salad, studded with crumbly feta cheese and finished with healthful salmon and a simple vinaigrette.

Empanadas Anytime

No longer a restaurant-only treat, empanadas are easy enough to make at home, especially when filled with sweet applesauce.

Sauce on the Side

Transform everyday dinners into flavor-packed meals by preparing a simple sauce or glaze to pair with them. Melissa blends a lime juice-laced tomatillo sauce to be served with her succulent roast chicken.

Double-Duty Ingredients

Melissa gets the most out of fine ingredients by putting them to work in multiple dishes. The sesame oil that she uses in her roast chicken is featured in the dressing for her Asian-style cabbage slaw.

Kitchen Helpers

Two of Melissa's daughters, Valentine and Charlotte, help their mom prepare a deliciously sweet breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes.

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Thumbs Up

After tasting a green smoothie made with almond milk, both girls give signs of approval of the creamy treat.

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Individual Servings

Baking eggs in pre-portioned ramekins allows each daughter to enjoy her own extra-special dish.

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The d'Arabian Ladies

Melissa's youngest daughters, twins Margaux and Océane, join their mom and sisters in the kitchen for a girls-only afternoon.

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At Home on Set

Complete with a rustic dining table, colorful dinnerware and homey accents like an adjacent living room, the Ten Dollar Dinners set is relaxed and comfortable.

A Spacious Setup

Multiple workstations and oversized kitchen islands give Melissa the freedom to move around during the various segments of her show.

Melissa's First Cookbook

Visit the Food Network Store to order your copy of Melissa's premiere cookbook.

Season 5, Episode 3

Burger Bliss

Melissa d'Arabian takes you to Burger Bliss at a bargain price. Her Perfect Basil Burger is grilled to taste, then piled high with all the fixin's and Melissa's creamy Perfect Basil Sauce. Her Wedge Salad With Grilled Grape Tomatoes and Blue Cheese Vinaigrette makes a fresh tasting side dish in a flash. For dessert, Fun Fruit Sushi is a playful way to end the meal on a sweet note.

Jan 11
7pm | 6c
Season 5, Episode 8

Dreamin' of Tagine

Melissa d'Arabian transports your taste buds to Morocco, starting with a Chilled Carrot and Cauliflower Soup, aromatic with cumin and lemon zest, and finished with a swirl of yogurt. For the main course, her Chicken Tagine is fall-off-the-bone tender, perfect alongside Melissa's Couscous With Peas and Mint. The meal's low price point is as dreamy as the flavors.

Apr 23
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 4

Back in Tucson

Melissa d'Arabian shares some of her favorite recipes from her childhood in Tucson. Her Arroz Con Pollo features juicy chicken cooked on a bed of seasoned rice with tender onions and sweet bell peppers. For dessert, Applesauce Empanadas are a hit with kids and adults alike. To drink, a pitcher of Garden Iced Green Tea, infused with fresh herbs and lightly sweetened with a touch of honey.

Jul 30
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 2

Italian 101

It's Italian made easy when Melissa d'Arabian shares her recipes for Caprese Tartlets, Parmesan-Crusted Pork Loin Cutlets and Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta With Broccoli.

Sep 14
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Golden State Gourmet

Melissa d'Arabian draws on California's famous pan-Asian and Mexican cuisines for an affordable fusion meal. Her Roasted Chicken is roasted with aromatic sesame oil and served with mild tomatillo-chile sauce. On the side, Asian Cole Slaw is crunchy and refreshing, tossed in a sesame-ginger vinaigrette.

Jan 21
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 12

Ten Dollar Game Day

Melissa has a tailgate menu to satisfy the hungry masses without breaking a sweat -- or breaking the budget. Her Grilled Spicy Sausages get served with two homemade condiments: a sweet-spicy Onion Marmalade, and a Tomato Chutney scented with herbs de provence. For dessert, Yellow Cakes in a Jar With Chocolate Ganache are a fun and convenient way to bring sweets to the game. Ginger Lemonade is a cool, refreshing drink to wash down this satisfying meal.

Aug 12
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 5

Golden State Gourmet

Melissa d'Arabian draws on California's famous pan-Asian and Mexican cuisines for an affordable fusion meal. Her Roasted Chicken is roasted with aromatic sesame oil and served with mild tomatillo-chile sauce. On the side, Asian Cole Slaw is crunchy and refreshing, tossed in a sesame-ginger vinaigrette.

Nov 12
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 4

Sunday Supper

Melissa prepares an elegant spread that will blow guests away without blowing her budget. Herb Crusted Pork Loin makes a stunning centerpiece alongside ruby red (roasted/braised red cabbage), and popovers are a fun, delicious treat for the bread plate.

Mar 18
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 7

Budget Banquet

Melissa d'Arabian serves up a French inspired budget bash with recipes for Pissalidiere (French Pizza), Butter Lettuce Salad With Poached Eggs and Lardons plus Honey Glazed Grilled Pineapple.

Apr 22
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 6

Payless Picnic

Melissa d'Arabian shares her plan for a picnic with recipes for a Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar and for dessert, a Rosemary Chocolate Chip Shortbread.

Jul 29
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 9

Make a Brunch, Save a Bunch

Melissa d'Arabian serves brunch with maximum flavor at minimal cost. Her Velvet Scrambled Eggs With Fresh Herbs are so impossibly tender this is the only recipe you'll ever need. Green Salad With Classic Dijon Vinaigrette brings crisp, bright flavors to the meal, and for something sweet, Melissa stirs up Banana Yogurt and Granola Trifles with Simple Homemade Granola.

Sep 4
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 13

Shrimpy Spending

Melissa d'Arabian shares the money saving secrets of three of her favorite recipes; Lentil Quinoa Salad, Shrimp with cilantro pesto and a Tomato and Eggplant Tian style casserole.

Nov 18
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 3, Episode 11


Melissa d'Arabian gets creative with classic Thanksgiving dishes to create this entirely new menu. Turkey Taquitos are crunchy and cheesy, the perfect salty foil for sweet and tangy Cranberry Salsa. For dessert, baked Sweet Potato Empanadas get a dusting of cinnamon-sugar and a dollop of creamy yogurt.

Nov 11
10:30am | 9:30c

About the Show

On her daytime cooking series, Melissa d'Arabian, Season 5 winner of Food Network Star and mom of four, shows viewers how to incorporate creative and tasty meals into their budgets by sharing her tried-and-true recipes. With countless tips to save time and money in the kitchen, she keeps her $10 promise in every episode: four people, 10 bucks, infinite possibilities. From approachable Parisian and Moroccan menus to sophisticated upgrades for everyday chicken and pork, Ten Dollar Dinners demonstrates home cooking at its finest.

About the Host

Melissa d'Arabian

Melissa proved that dreams can come true when she won Season 5 of Food Network Star. Her grand prize: the hit show Ten Dollar Dinners.

Most Popular Recipes

All Ten Dollar Dinners Recipes

Pork Carnitas

Crispy Kale "Chips"

Roasted Garlic Clove Chicken

Fish en Papillote

Perfect Black Beans

Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with Broccoli

Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake)

Easy Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Arroz con Pollo

Lemony Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Succulent Braised Pork

Couscous with Peas and Mint


BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich

Roasted Salmon Greek Salad with Yogurt Sauce

Burrito Bowl

Pasta Pescatore

Sausage and Roasted Vegetable Penne

Quick Cinnamon Apple Tarte

Classic Dijon Vinaigrette

North African Meatballs

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Cafe Green Salad

Simple Homemade Granola

Roast Beef with Marsala Gravy

Perfect Crispy Potatoes

Fish Piccata