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Four 30-minute meals, $5 per serving

According to Better Homes and Gardens’ new “Food Factor” study, three out of four women feel that food costs are affecting how they cook, with even more trying to save money preparing meals at home regularly. At the same time, we still are crunched for time. On average, home cooks want to spend approximately 28 minutes on any weekday recipe. Here, Evette Rios with BetterHomesandGardens.com s

According to Better Homes and Gardens’ new “Food Factor” study, three out of four women feel that food costs are affecting how they cook, with even more trying to save money preparing meals at home regularly.

At the same time, we still are crunched for time. On average, home cooks want to spend approximately 28 minutes on any weekday recipe. Here, Evette Rios with BetterHomesandGardens.com shares some money-saving, quick and easy ideas for stretching your dinner dollar.

Here are some quick stats from Better Homes and Gardens’ “Food Factor: How America Cooks, Eats and Shops”:

  • 77 percent of women feel the cost of food is affecting the meals they cook
  • 83 percent of women try to save money by preparing meals regularly
  • 28.2 mins is the average “ideal” start-to-finish time when choosing a weekday recipe
  • 78 percent of women tend to create dishes based on the ingredients they have in their house
  • 66 percent of women are eating out less often as a result of the increase in food prices
  • 85 percent of women have brought home prepared foods from delis, specialty food markets and restaurants in the past 12 months

Salmon potato cakes

Better Homes and Gardens

For more ideas pick up April issue of Better Homes and Gardens or go to www.bhg.com/quickandeasy.