Sunday, April 22, 2012

Don't Panic--Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family by Susie Martinez, Vanda Howell, and Bonnie Garcia

Great meals for your busy family!

We're all busy, but that doesn't mean we have to eat like we are. You don't have to settle for feeding your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives or fat-laced fast food. Quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen are easy with delicious recipes like:

Southwestern Baked Cheese Dip
Thai Chicken Wraps
Walnut Spinach Salad
Homestyle Mac & Cheese
Slow Cooker Pork Chops
Oven Roasted Orange Chicken
Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sandwiches
Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
Fruit Pizza
Mexican Chocolate Mousse
and many more

From quick meals made on the grill or in the sauté pan to crockpot dishes that require little prep and cook while you're out for the day, the recipes in this cookbook are tasty and nutritious--and require less hands-on preparation than traditional meals. Easy appetizers and desserts; one-dish casseroles and pastas; simple soups, salads, and side dishes; and even fast breakfasts round out the selections. Meals that are freezer-friendly are marked for those who want to make ahead.

Give your family the best--the easy way!

My Review:
I like the way this cookbook is organized. Recipes are grouped by categories which are then placed in order of when they might be used. For instance, first listed are appetizers, then breakfast, soups and salads, pasta entrees, crockpot meals, oven dishes, grills, skillets, and desserts. In addition, the recipes are labeled for lighter fare, quick, entertaining, six ingredients or less, and the three authors have even awarded little "blue" ribbons to their favorites. Nutritional information is given for each recipe. Indexes for measurements, equivalents, weights, and servings are found in the back of the book, along with a metric conversion guide.

My favorite organizational tool is x3, ingredients are increased so that extra meals can be made at the same time to be frozen for later. What a time-saver!

I tried Potato Soup Extraordinaire, and I shot this picture. It was delicious--so thick and creamy! I added the optional chicken, but next time I would leave it out. The soup really doesn't need chicken.

Thank you to Donna Hausler for my copy. Available April, 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

It sounds like that cookbook meets a lot of my criteria - fast, easy and delicious!