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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 5

Clay Pot Cooking

Melissa d'Arabian takes inspiration from a restaurant meal, and recreates the flavors at home. Zucchini Carpaccio starts the meal off on a fresh note, with a delicate, moist Claypot Fish and Potatoes entree to follow. Brown Butter Madeleines make a simple dessert the whole family will love.

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

Southwest Steak Supper

Melissa d'Arabian has a delicious steak dinner that's quick enough for a weeknight, yet impressive enough for company. Her Sliced Sirloin Steak is the center of the menu, with Poblano Pesto to spoon over the top, and Sweet Potato Hash to serve alongside. Non-Alcoholic Sangria is a refreshing way to toast this satisfying meal.

Aug 20
8pm | 7c
Season 5, Episode 4

Taking on Tex Mex

Melissa d'Arabian shares easy, affordable recipes for serving Tex-Mex favorites at home. Her Pork Carnitas are the star of the Burrito Bowl bar: the caramelized morsels of shredded pork are served over seasoned rice with black beans, Melissa's Simple Pico de Gallo, and all the fixin's like cheddar cheese, green onions, and sour cream. Chocolate-Cinnamon nachos satisfy your sweet tooth, completing this south of the border menu that the whole family will love.

Jan 18
7pm | 6c
Season 3, Episode 8

Bargain Brunch

Melissa d'Arabian stirs up her family's favorite Saturday morning brunch menu. Her puffed Vanilla Dutch Baby, topped with fresh blueberries and lemon zest, is big enough for the whole family; Homemade Garlic Sausage Patties and Roasted Provencal Tomatoes round out the weekend spread.

Mar 20
8pm | 7c
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.

Jun 7
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 5, Episode 10

First-Rate Rouladen

Melissa d'Arabian rolls up flavor-packed Beef Rouladen with first-rate flavor, at an affordable price. To round out the meal, Melissa prepares two delicious sides: tender Braised Cabbage and creamy Mashed Potatoes.

Nov 8
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 2, Episode 5

Football Fiesta

Melissa loves entertaining, and with a little creativity she can feed a crowd and stay within her budget. Today's menu for game day features cheesy Quesadillas, hearty Black Bean Hummus, protein-packed Tuna Tapenade and fresh-popped popcorn she seasons with clean, tasty ingredients.

Nov 27
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 9

Saving Quarters in the French Quarter

Melissa d'Arabian serves up the flavors of New Orleans. Her Po' Boys are brimming with crispy, cornmeal-coated shrimp and tilapia, along a creamy garlic spread, lettuce, and tomatoes. On the side, a Refreshing Mint and Celery Salad is fun new way to enjoy a familiar vegetable. For dessert, Easy Coffee Pudding is a nod to the French Quarter's famous cafe culture.

Feb 12
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 7, Episode 1

Appetizing Savings

Melissa d'Arabian makes a whole meal inspired by popular appetizers. Bowls of chilled White Gazpacho, Spicy Turkey Lollipops with a raspberry glaze, warm Blue Cheese Fondue, and Crispy Fried Celery Sticks will fill you up without draining your wallet.

Sep 16
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 5

Beyond Pork and Beans

Melissa's Succulent Braised Pork shows how a little TLC can transform a humble cut of meat into a tender masterpiece. Served with Perfect Black Beans and a basket of light-as-air Drop Biscuits With Green Onions.

May 7
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 1, Episode 1

Savory Savings

Melissa shows how wild salmon can fit in your budget with her crowd-pleasing Salmon Cakes. She rounds out the menu with herb-flecked Orzo With Thyme and Lemon Zest, and tender Roasted Asparagus in Lemon Vinaigrette.

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

Brunch for a Buck

Melissa d'Arabian shares her recipes for a big-flavor brunch with big money savings. Tasty Huevos Rancheros are baked in individual tortilla shells for a fun new twist on the classic brunch entree. On the side, Brunch Cornbread is moist, tender, and served warm with a touch of honey-lime butter. Bubbly Lime Spritzers are cool and refreshing any time of day.

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

Paradise by the Cooktop Light

Melissa d'Arabian dresses up a wallet-friendly classic without breaking her budget. Her tender Meatloaf gets an extra flavor boost from her Mustard and Sour Cream Gravy. On the side, Twice-Baked Mashed Potatoes are brimming with green onions and cheddar cheese, and her Braised Collard Greens are tender and flavored with bacon, garlic, and lemon zest. Comfort never tasted this good!

Dec 18
1:30pm | 12:30c

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

Vanilla Dutch Baby (Puffed Pancake)

Garlic Oil Sauteed Pasta with Broccoli

Arroz con Pollo

Lemony Shrimp Scampi Pasta

Easy Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Succulent Braised Pork

Classic Dijon Vinaigrette

Pasta Pescatore

Fish Piccata

North African Meatballs

Broccoli and Cauliflower Salad

Sweet Potato Empanadas

Cafe Green Salad

Roasted Salmon Greek Salad with Yogurt Sauce

Burrito Bowl

Simple Homemade Granola

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich


Roast Beef with Marsala Gravy

Perfect Crispy Potatoes

Couscous with Peas and Mint

Salmon Cakes