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a real timesaver for the mom of young kids,
This review is from: Everyday Food
This magazine has really blown me away. I wish there was some way to measure the amount of time it has saved me in the kitchen! I bought it at first because of the master shopping list in the front which allows me to stock up my pantry and freezer at the start of each month and then make smaller trips for each weeks' worth of food.
I like the Have You Tried? feature which helps me introduce new foods to my husband and toddlers. I really like how the recipes are designed to use the same ingredient several times... I'm not left with 3/4 cup of some odd condiment which will sit in my fridge for a year and then get thrown out.
I absolutely love the meal index; I check off each recipe as I make it which allows me to glance at the overall picture of our diet and see if I have given my family enough variety of different meats and vegetarian entrees. There are side dishes, after school snacks, breakfast ideas, a microwave recipe, a freezer recipe... they really have taken the time to cover all bases. In fact, in just a few short months it has gotten to the point where this magazine is all I cook from. My cookbooks are gathering dust :-) It has simplified my life to such an extent that when my mother called to see if I would bring a dessert to a family party, I grabbed the magazine and read her the list of 6 recipes. We picked one that would be easy to make and transport. It was a lot easier than brainstorming what to choose out of the hundreds of desserts one could possibly make.
I like that the recipe is all on one page - I attach it to my range hood with a magnetic clip and everything is easy to read but out of the way, not getting food spilled on it. I also love the size which fits perfectly in my handbag and in a Ziploc bag once the month is over. I put the magazine pages for each issue in a bag with the index on top and when my husband asks about a recipe, I can easily glance at each one until I find the dish he wants.
And I'll tell you another thing... many of the dishes contain salt and pepper and maybe one other spice. The food is light and fresh tasting and delicious. In fact, since I throw out my jarred spices after one year and replace them, my pantry shelf is down to just a handful because that's all that are called for in the magazine. This magazine has saved me a TON of money. Not to mention time! My kids are 3, 1 1/2 and 6 months and this magazine has been a lifesaver in every way. The cooking techniques are so easy that I can often prepare dinner with my oldest daughter, which she loves. And I love that I am in and out of the kitchen quickly (most recipes I have found are less than 30 minutes) and I am enjoying my time in there more than ever. In fact, I even have the energy most nights to clean up the kitchen after I'm done :-)
I could go on and on but the most salient point is this: I feel healthier cooking from this magazine. My fridge is packed with produce like it never was before! I'm actually proud of the food I feed my family and that is worth every cent I've paid for this subscription and then some.