Melissa d'Arabian on Ten Dollar Dinners

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Melissa d'Arabian wraps up her family-friendly recipes into one must-read cookbook, Ten Dollar Dinners.

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  • 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.

  • Melissa d'Arabian prepares Asian Marinated Pork Chops, served with a ginger-orange glaze. Her Sesame and Peanut Noodles are tossed with scallions, bell peppers, cabbage and peanuts for a fresh and exotic pasta salad. Finally, her Fresh Cucumber Carrot Salad is served cool put packs a little heat in its vinegar-chile sauce.

  • 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 homemade granola.

  • 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.

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

  • Melissa d'Arabian whips up her favorite Chinese takeout dishes, at a fraction of the cost. Sesame Chicken is slightly sweet with an orange marinade, and gets baked until golden and tender. Lemony Egg Soup turns everyday ingredients into a warm and comforting starter. Orange-Ginger Fried Wontons are so crisp and delicious, you may never need your takeout menus again!

  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Melissa loves to bring extra nutrition to her family whenever she can, and today she's upping the health factor of one of her favorite meals with affordable specialty pasta. Her Sausage and Roasted Vegetables over High Protein Pasta is a true family favorite that pleases both body and taste buds alike.

  • Melissa d'Arabian prepares an elegant and affordable fish supper. Pecan Crusted Catfish gets a spoonful of extra flavor from Spicy Cream Sauce, made with a surprise secret ingredient. On the side, Corn Succotash is fresh, healthy and comes together in a flash. For dessert, Lemon Tea Cake is light and citrusy, a hit with both kids and adults alike.

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About the Host

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.

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.

More About Ten Dollar Dinners

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.

Recipes from the Show