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Make and Freeze Recipes: Great Foods You Can Cook, Freeze, and Use Quickly and Easily (Eat Better For Less Guides Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mara Michaels , Carolyn Stone
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Book Description

Everyone is crunched for time these days, and on a tight budget as well. When we are always so short of time and money, how can we ever feed our families well? Convenience foods and takeout all cost far more than cooking at home. They are certainly NOT as healthy. So what is a responsible parent supposed to do?

Look to your own kitchen and especially your freezer for help. In this guide, you will discover 30+ recipes that can be made ahead FROM SCRATCH, frozen, and thawed in minutes in the oven or microwave. With the help of this guide, you can put a piping hot meal in front of the whole family for pennies on the dollar compared with the cost of eating out, takeout, or TV dinners.

You will know EXACTLY what you are feeding your family as you create these mouthwatering recipes, rather than anything from a can or box. You will be able to offer them breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert options that they can eat at home or even on the run. Fast food will be a thing of the past as your family devours your delicious homemade breakfast burritos, hearty burgers and more.

Use each recipe on its own, or in combination, to help create a complete meal, from appetizer to main course, side dishes plus dessert. Be able to serve anyone an impressive hot meal at any time, even if guests arrive unexpectedly.

Stock your freezer before the holidays or school vacations so you will never have to worry about what to feed the children when they are home, or what your family is eating when you are not there. All they will have to do is take out one of these tasty dishes from the freezer, heat and eat any time.

From Homemade Chili to hearty Chicken Pot Pies, Bean Burritos to Bonbons, you will find a range of recipes for every occasion and every eating lifestyle, including vegetarian options. You will never have to wonder what's for dinner again once you pack your freezer with these homemade, wholesome foods.

If you are looking to feed your family for less and spend quality time with them more often, use this guide to get started on the road to more nutritious eating without having to slave in the kitchen for hours every night or reading food labels for ages in the supermarket wondering what's in the things you are buying.

Discover how easy it is to make your own fresh tomato sauce, salsa, vegetable stock and more. From soup to jams, your own pie crusts to casseroles, these make-ahead and freeze meals are sure to please and soon become family favorites.

In fact, why not double the batches, eat one tonight, and parcel up and freeze the rest for future meals? The smiles on your family's faces and your healthier bank balance will make you glad you did.
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Word Count=16,100
Recipe Count=33 recipes, plus variations
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AUDIENCE:
Beginner cooks
Budget-conscious cooks
Busy moms
Singles who work long hours and have little time to cook every night
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

GETTING STARTED WITH MAKE AHEAD AND FREEZE RECIPES

PANTRY STAPLES

BREAKFAST IDEAS

HOT LUNCH OR DINNER IDEAS

MEATY MEALS

CHICKEN DISHES

FISH AND SEAFOOD DISHES

MEATLESS DISHES

SIDE DISHES

DESSERTS

IDEAS FOR ENTERTAINING

CONCLUSION
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Mara Michaels is a frequent contributor to the Healthful-Goddess and Nutrition-Goddess.com sites. Carolyn Stone is one of the main editors for both sites, and the author of over sixty health and self-help titles.

ALSO BY THE AUTHORS

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Even More Make and Freeze Recipes
Healthy Make Ahead and Freeze Muffins


Product Details

  • File Size: 745 KB
  • Print Length: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Eternal Spiral Books, http://EternalSpiralBooks.com; 2nd edition (December 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0071NM5UW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, Pleasantly Surprised February 6, 2012
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On the plus side, there's an introduction and an "About the Authors" section, which is somewhat unusual in most of the e-cookbooks I review. The introduction is fine, except for the typo of being "crunched for times."

There's an introduction following the introduction, though, which is a bit odd. However, the second introduction does contain some helpful practical information on freezing food.

There is a table of contents which is available in the sample to review before buying. There are hyperlinks to the different sections, but not to individual recipes.

I was a bit disappointed in the tomato soup recipe since it's not really a homemade soup, but rather a canned ingredient with a little bit of touchup. There's also only one soup recipe. I was also disappointed to see meat shaping and packing instructions included as a "make and freeze recipe."

The fried chicken recipe has a combination of ingredients I haven't seen before, so that's intriguing. I've also never tried freezing chicken cooked in this way, so that's a new idea as well.

I am absolutely THRILLED that some recipes have sauces but do NOT include "1 can cream of X soup" in the instructions. (To be completely fair, some of them do, but it's a better sign.)

The fruit pie instructions are also a new idea to me, and I'm intrigued by it. I have to say, though, that the suggestion for leftover pie after the initial bake is one I haven't had a lot of luck with - heating pie in the microwave just isn't as good. Luckily, leftover pie is rarely a problem in this house.

The book says it includes a link to "a downloadable text file to help you keep track." When I went and looked, this was not helpful to me. It wasn't "downloadable" and was just the list of recipes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eating out of the freezer September 15, 2012
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I've been making freezer meals for many years and it has saved me on many nights when I've had a hectic day and need something to feed my family with fast.

This is a good introductory book into learning how to cook and freeze your meals, but I would have liked to have seen more information given on freezing in bulk along with cooking in bulk and then freezing. I still gave it four stars because I do believe the book was presented well and it did live up to the name of make and freeze recipes.

I would recommend this book for someone who is just starting out learning to "eat out of the freezer.

While the book details, very well I think, what size and type of freezer containers and bags to use, I would have loved to have seen more in the way of recommending vacuum sealing. I began making freezer meals years ago using containers and freezer bags and for the past 6 years have been solely using vacuum sealers. They are well worth the investment and you can get them now for under $100.00 and they work just great. They save a ton of space in the freezer since they lay flat, and I don't care how much money you spend on a good quality freezer Ziploc bag...removing all of the air and freezing with a vacuum sealer is absolutely the best way to go. There is no freezer bag that will compare to that. You will make back your investment in within the first couple of months of making freezer meals.

I do a lot of buying in bulk as well and freezing that way. When ground beef goes on sale in the large family size packages, I buy several and make hamburgers and vacuum seal them raw in the freezer. I'll make meatballs, brown them, freeze and vacuum seal and they are ready to throw into tomato sauce whenever I need them for pasta or meatball subs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ideas are great, recipes not so much January 5, 2013
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I like her ideas in this book about freezer cooking, but I don't agree with her at all about nutrition and what constitutes a healthy diet, so her recipes became a burden for me to adjust to my tastes. It was easy to read, and had a lot of good info to take away, and would be good for the newbie in learning how to cook ahead, though
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book March 9, 2013
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I like thi book a lot because it gives you clear easy detailed directions on how to Freeze food so you can eat it later and then it tells you how to reheat it so it still tastes like the food you originally cooked. I like the recipes in the book because they don't have too many ingrediants and they are good basic recipes. The experinced cook who likes to cook more complicated recipes may not like this book but for someone who has a busy lifestyle and a family this is the perfect book full of quick , basic recipes that you can cook in one day and Freeze and have food to just heat and eat.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not much new November 17, 2012
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I love cooking! My partner and I are always looking for new recipe books to try out. So, naturally when I saw this Make and Freeze Recipes book I had to give it a shot. It helped that it was free at the time. If I am not sure about a book I will always try to watch the free list for it so I know I'm not wasting any money.

In the case of this book, I would say it is worth the $2.99 charge. I found some great recipes that I had not seen in other books. I also found a lot that can be found just about anywhere else. The concept is great, save time by planning ahead! Most of us are busy professionals and have little time to prepare a cooked meal every night. If you are going on vacation or a business trip and have a teenager staying at home, this could be a great way to give them some easy-to-cook meals while you are gone.

The table of contents has linked chapters which is a great feature. Anytime I am reading a book, especially recipe books, I like the option of going to a certain chapter or certain recipe. It makes it much easier to refer back to your favorite dishes when you are ready to try them out. I would have liked it if individual recipes were linked rather than just the chapter numbers however.

Overall, the book is okay. If you want to get some good tips on planning to freeze, this book has some at the beginning. A lot of the recipes you will already be familiar with. There are some surprises such as the frozen jams in the Pantry Staples section. There are Chilly Pickles, which I found to be quite original. There is also a Pepperoni Pasta Bake which sounds absolutely amazing! I will definitely be trying that. If you are looking for a few new recipes mixed with a new way to enjoy some classic favorites, this will be a good book for you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, useful recipes, useful ideas!
I downloaded this e-book with the intention of making dishes I could freeze and thaw for lunches at work. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bryan
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy recipes
This book gave me some good ideas to get started cooking for the freezer. I am going to try several of these recipes for this month's meal plan.
Published 6 months ago by Samantha Dean
3.0 out of 5 stars Free Kindle download
This was a free Kindle download for me. Nothing too special here, especially since it was free. I probably wouldn't pay for it.
Published 6 months ago by Mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Make and Freeze recipes review!
Very helpful tips in saving food and making sure that it is freezer safe so you don't have to throw it away later. It helps save time and money in the long run.
Published 8 months ago by purpleturtle
5.0 out of 5 stars On the go - don't have time to cook
Good recipes that freeze well. Come home and heat and eat. Good instructions on how to package and store so the food will be in good condition when ready to use.
Published 10 months ago by Lindah
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Lots of good, easy to use ideas to feed your family! Thanks for the great ideas ladies. My family will thank you.
Published 10 months ago by SJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Make and Freeze Recipes
This is so great to have a reference on the best things to cook and then freeze. It sure comes in handy for busy people who work late, people who need to make nutritious lunches,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by ginnie mae
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful recipes
Some really good recipes here, and good suggestions about freezer storage. Just a couple of comments. The pantry staples section was blank on my copy. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paula J. Nichols
4.0 out of 5 stars Great and not so great
The book itself is an excellent guide to freezing foods ahead of time. I loved the sections on organizing your freezer and how to package meals for the freezer. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cara D. Rutland
5.0 out of 5 stars good for free
good free e-book which is cool cuz I hardly ever freeze things so it will really help me this summer by helping me stick to budget and have some things frozen when I get hungry!
Published 14 months ago by Becca
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