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No more take out
on August 19, 2011
Even though there are only two people in our household, there are days when getting supper prepared, cooked and ready to eat is something that cannot be accomplished unless it's cereal or a pb&j. I often prepare meals ahead of times, or freeze leftovers from big meals, but after awhile we both noticed the rut we were in when it came to choices. Though many recipes in cookbooks, magazines, online sites, etc. claim to be make-ahead and freezable, they simply do not turn out as well as if they would have if eaten the same day as prepared. A person could say that almost any meal is freezable, but that doesn't mean it will freeze well, keep well, or even taste well when it is finally cooked.
This is the latest in a very long list of sources I've used to try and expand the variety of tasteful and healthy make-ahead meals. The practical information this book includes regarding freezing foods (which freeze well, which don't, causes and prevention of freezer burn, etc.) are worth the purchase price alone. With 120 recipes, I've found it quite easy to find ones we both like and, with little tweaks, others that will work great as well. I've also had no problems halving recipes that are too large or doubling those few I've made already for large get-togethers. And best of all, after reading the incredibly helpful information in this book, I can now go back to other favorite recipes and easily figure out how to make them much more freeze-ahead friendly.
For those of us trying to lose or maintain weight, this book should be required reading. Portion sizes can easily be controlled. With a freezer full of pre-made dinners, those weekly take out orders to the local Chinese place or pizza parlor can drastically drop. With no more wondering what's for dinner, you can avoid the roaming graze as you stand in front of an open pantry or fridge and wonder what to make. This book even shows how to plan ahead for a full months of meals. All you'd have to do is pop one in the oven or microwave, make a fresh salad or side of veggies while it cooks, set the table, and ding, dinner is done. With this book, it really can be this simple.