Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes (or Less) Will Help You Save Time & Money

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Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes (or Less!) is the book to help you save time in the kitchen. With 200 quick and easy recipes, it’s loaded with tips and tricks to help you make the most of your minutes and your kitchen more efficient.

reuben patty melt with dipping sauce

Do you ever find yourself staring into the depths of the fridge, wondering what to make?

Have you ever had it happen that you’re short on time but absolutely have to get the troops fed real fast?

Did you ever wonder if those stories of 30-minutes meals were fairy tales or actual fact?

Well, I’ve got the answer to all those dilemmas:  Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less.

30-minute meals cookbook on table

I’m a busy mom who’s raised six kids almost to adulthood. Okay, the baby is 11, but my big kid is a bonafide adult.

I know what it is to be busy. I know what it is to have hangry people and precious minutes.

And I know that it is absolutely possible to make supper in half an hour. 

I know this because I timed myself.

Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

GGCE30MM is designed for the busy home cook who doesn’t want to eat crap, spend a lot of money, or take a lot of time.

I mean, Chicken Tikka Masala and Coconut Rice  that you can make in half an hour? Sign me up!

plate of rice with chicken tikka masala

Like all my books, this one is made up of recipes that passed muster with one man and six kids of varying ages, personalities, and palates.

This book is all about the quick fix you can afford.

What you’ll get are wholesome, home cooked meals that won’t take much time to prepare. No processed ingredients, just fresh real food that you can cook real quick. Without going broke.

What you won’t get is canned cream of mushroom soup dumped over chicken and sprinkled with crushed nuclear cheeze bits. Not that there’s anything wrong with that!

But the point is that you’ll be enjoying affordable, wholesome food in a flash, an upgrade over fast-food or any variety of expensive or unhealthful alternatives.

Want a peek inside?

peek of pages inside cookbook

There are chapters for different styles of cooking.

The chapters are broken down by cooking methods, such as:

  • Quick Casseroles, Bakes, and Broils
  • Breakneck Sandwiches and Burgers
  • Snappy Sautes, Skillets, and Other Stovetop Specials

(And yes, I do have a thing for alliteration.)
(And yes, I needed the hacky sack to hold the book open. Hacky sack not included in purchase.)

Click here to get your copy.

front matter pages of cookbook

There is a great section on how to use the book best.

In case you didn’t know the front matter of a cookbook is really important!

This is where the author explains how the recipes are configured and communicates the spirit of the recipe collection.

I hope you’ll take the minute or two it takes to read it. It contains a lot of helpful, time-saving information in an itty bitty storage space.

picture of pages with vegetable alphabet soup recipe

There are 200+ recipes, most of which are NOT on the blog.

The over 200 recipes are all budget-friendly, quick to prepare, and minimally processed.

They are labeled (make-ahead, gluten-free, dairy-free, meatless, and freezer-friendly) to make it easy to accommodate for special needs or schedules.

And yes, I did time myself preparing every single recipe. Provided you have all the ingredients at hand, you should be able to swing dinner in 30 minutes. 

close up of time saving tips

The book includes over 100 tips for saving time in the kitchen.

Time-saving tips are peppered throughout the book to help you expand your knowledge and increase your efficiency in the kitchen.

You are taking the Efficient Kitchen Challenge, right? This is the perfect primer to get yourself up to speed!

inside pages of book explaining how to meal plan

There’s also information to help you save more money on food.

Longer sections within the book expand on topics that will help you eat well, save money, and feel confident about your skills in the kitchen.

A review from a young man working in the tech industry stated that the philosophy of the book “solves the problem of millennials’ fear of and/or disinterest in cooking.”

Amen, Hallelujah. I want everyone to know how to cook for themselves and enjoy it!

Read: you’ve got your gift lists covered for all the bachelors, college students, young marrieds, and young professionals in your life when you buy them this book. 😉

dessert chapter pages

There are even 30-Minute Desserts!

The bonus Desserts chapter helps you create sweet endings to your meals in just minutes.

Because, yes, you really do need Strawberries, Cookies, and Cream, in your life. Trust me on this. It is so amazingly good.


About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Megan D says

    When I was growing up, my parents had us plan, organize and prepare one meal a week so we learned how to cook and how to plan ahead for what we’d need (& now as a parent I realize SO THEY GOT A NIGHT OFF!!!!)…..I’ve been planning to start this with my boys and now I have the perfect cookbook to do just that. 30 minute meals is just about what they can handle with their limited attention span! I can’t wait to read through this cookbook and help them to pick out some meals they’re interested in and able to execute.

  2. Amber says

    Congrats! I have mine on order, and I own all your other cookbooks too : ). Thanks for the free 30 minute 4 week meal plan that goes with it. Can’t wait to try it! You should link the meal plan up above, if you didn’t already.

  3. Sheila W. says

    Yay! I have the free menu plan you created for this book, and the meals sound delicious!! Ordering my copy this Week!

  4. Sally says

    Received notice that the book should be delivered today. Can’t wait to look at it.

  5. Josh says

    But this doesn’t include recipes from the previous Good Cheap Eats, right?

    • No, these are all new, different from the previous book.

      • Josh says

        I went to Amazon today to order my mom a copy of the previous one for her birthday because she’s liked the recipes we’ve used, but now I guess I’ll get her the new one and we’ll swap recipes. Had no idea there would be a new one released!

  6. Jessica says

    I already have my copy here in Australia, so exciting! I handed it straight to my husband, as he is currently in charge of meal planning as I just had baby #3. Thankyou!

    • Wow! Australia shipped fast this time. So glad. Thanks for your support. Let your husband know he rocks.

  7. Nevila says

    Just ordered it on Amazon. Can’t wait :-))))

  8. Brighid says

    I just went to Amazon to look at it, and it says “Usually ships within 1 to 3 months”! I’m hoping that this is because you’ve sold tons of copies. It’s going on my wish list.

    • Thanks! Amazon did run out, but I thought I refreshed and it showed me some were shipping this week. Maybe they ran out of those too. Yay! Thanks for your support!

  9. Marci says

    Does this cookbook focus on meat-based meals, or are there more vegetarian ones? It’s not easy to find cookbooks with enough quick, easy, budget-friendly vegetarian means for my family. Thanks!

  10. Pat says

    This is the first cookbook of yours that I bought years ago and I still use it when I meal plan. I also use it when Plan A will not work. It’s saved my starving people many times over.

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