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Don't Panic - Dinner's in the Freezer: Great-Tasting Meals You Can Make Ahead Paperback – September 1, 2005
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"I'm hungry. What's for dinner?"
How do you respond to this question after a long, busy day? Head for the nearest fast-food restaurant? Pop a commercially prepared meal into the oven?
Or you could have . . .
Apricot-Glazed Chicken Tenders and Cashew Fudge Tarts
Colorado White Chili and Chocolate-Orange Crumb Cake
Turkey Picante Pie and Tomato and Leek Bisque
Beef Chimichangas and Gooey Caramel Cinnamon Rolls
You're probably thinking, Yeah, right! But delicious recipes like these are just minutes away!
Don't Panic-Dinner's in the Freezer offers a simple and economical alternative to take-out and prepackaged foods, featuring dozens of quick and easy home-tested recipes designed to be prepared in quantity and frozen ahead. Whether you cook for one or for a large family, this unique method will simplify your life with healthy, money- and time-saving recipes. Once you try the Don't Panic method, you may never again go back to your old ways of cooking.
"How great it is to know that at the end of a busy day, I do not need to think about dinner-it's in the freezer! You too will become a convert to the Don't Panic approach."-Marita Littauer, author and president, CLASServices, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
The other nice thing is that this is one of the few cookbooks I have been able to adapt as far as portion size without any trouble at all. I am single and end up cooking for myself. With this cookbook, that's no problem. I froze the lasagnas into smaller pans (and then took them out, thank you for that technique!!) for a dinner and lunch leftovers helping, and portioned out the stroganoff into single-serving sizes as well. No wasted food and no headaches. Fantastic!
I also made this whole batch of food (which included a fair amount besides these two recipes) from one shopping excursion of about $100. I haven't had to go grocery shopping to any substantial degree in a month, other than for salad greens, cat food, noodles, or that last minute ice cream craving. This is VERY nice for both my financial budget and my time budget!
All in all, I credit this book for saving me some serious time, money, and stress. I'm going to end up taking what I learn in making these recipes up to freeze and applying them to my other favorite recipes, too, which just makes it doubly valuable as far as I'm concerned.
The best things about this book:
1) A very practical freezer method using bags instead of baking dishes or plastic containers. By using the freezer bags and "flash freezing" the food into various, stackable shapes, you can maximize your freezer space and make cooking or reheating the food easier later.
2)The majority of the dishes aren't cooked at all until after you defrost them. This makes them taste incredibly fresh on the day you serve them. You simply assemble them before hand, then freeze them in order to cook them later.
3) This method of cooking definitely saves time. By preparing multiple meals at once, you dramatically reduce your overall preparation time. Furthermore, you've got the convenience of getting a meal out of your freezer the night before, letting it defrost in your fridge, and then simply letting the oven do the cooking or reheating while you tend to your children, chores, or work.
4) Buying "loss leaders" on sale at the grocery store and cooking them in bulk really does save money!
5) The variety of recipes.
6) The flexibility. The author encourages you to change up the recipes according to your family's tastes and package them according to your family's size.
The worst things about this book:
1) It should be spiral bound so it can lie flat.
2) I'm a lover of free-range, grass-fed, antibiotic-free, hormone-free meats. Finding my type of meat on sale is rare, and buying it already cut (i.e. chicken breasts) is usually never cheap. Most of the chicken recipes call for breasts. A few can be adapted to use shredded chicken (what I've got if I buy the chicken whole from farmers), but most cannot. Perhaps I should just learn how to properly butcher a chicken.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Meh. There are better books in this category. A couple of the chili recipes look good, but a lot of them have the vibe of a midwestern church cookbook. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Ellen
Good book. Recipes good. Quick and easy meals.would buy this again it's that good.Published 20 days ago by K. Browning
This book was very helpful when I first start making multiple meals to be frozen. It gives very detailed instructions on how to prepair and cook meals.Published 25 days ago by Kara D. Blackwood
I've enjoyed this, but if you are looking for "cleaner" eating options, beware that many of the recipes calls for soup cans or wheat flour.Published 28 days ago by Neem Lover
This book is really fantastic for a total beginner like me. The beginning of the book gives you a basic run down of everything you need to have to know before you begin. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. Elyse
I am going to try a lot of these. There is a large variety of recipes and very informative. thanks.Published 1 month ago by Carolyn Cole