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Don't Panic: More Dinner's in the Freezer - A Second Helping of Tasty Meals You Can Make Ahead Paperback – April 1, 2009
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Thousands have already made the switch. Shouldn't you be one of them?
Cooking doesn't have to be just another chore after a long day of working and taking care of the family. It can be fun, easy--and infrequent. You can cook once a week--or even once a month--and still give your family the very best, with less money than you're probably spending on groceries now. Join the thousands of people who are already enjoying the Don't Panic method of cooking.
Don't Panic--More Dinner's in the Freezer is a simple and economical alternative to take-out and prepackaged foods, featuring 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 like
•Santa Fe Chicken Nachos
•Creamy Tomato Basil Soup
•Grilled Honey Lime Chicken
•English Sirloin Pasties
•Herb Crusted Pork Chops
•Four Cheese White Pizza
•Chocolate Lava Cakes
•Summer Strawberry Crunch
•Baked Breakfast Blintz
•and many more
Don't Panic--More Dinner's in the Freezer also contains vegetarian and lighter fare recipes to fit a variety of lifestyles. Once you try the Don't Panic method, you may never go back to your old ways of cooking.
About the Author
Susie Martinez is a professional counselor with a private counseling practice in Colorado. She has been married to her husband, Joe, for twenty-two years and has two teenage children. Susie adores her family, her Kitchen Aid mixer, and her purple PT Cruis
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Top customer reviews
The first few pages are devoted to organizing yourself and this, by far, has been the most helpful. Tips on making your shopping list, shopping, prepping, cooking and storing made this section invaluable, especially to someone like me who has never tried this before. There actually is a correct way to freeze and store .. who knew?
Although this book doesn't give you an option for serving the same day you make it, a quick read through can probably let you figure it out for yourself. Each recipe comes set for 1 meal or 3-6-9 meals. Highly recommend making the 1 meal portion first to see if your family will even eat it.
I can't give this a 5 star rating only because I haven't tried any of the recipes. I wanted to see if I can do this. I don't have an entire day to set aside for cooking, so I am cheating. I have modified some of our favorite family recipes by making a double batch and freezing half. The only trick there is knowing when to stop and set aside half. I have frozen a lasagna (three weeks ago) and chicken parmesan (ate two weeks later and it was still awesome), using the freezing tips found in the book. I am going to start selecting one or two recipes a week and just making those. If I can freeze even just two meals a week, that's two nights a week I am not cooking as much. (My daughter asked me why I didn't just save the leftovers and I told her because nobody wants it if it's leftovers but everyone cleans their plates when it's freshly made).
In the end, if you already know how to make ahead and freeze, all this book can really offer you is more recipes (which isn't bad, if you don't already have them) in a really nice 1-3-6-9 meal set up (great if you hate math). But if you've never done this before, the tips in the front are definitely worth it. And the recipes look yummy. I'll post again once I've tried some of the recipes.
This one, however, had some recipes that looked like they would be good, and similar enough to some of my own that I felt I could sort thru my recipes for those that would freeze well with a bit more confidence with this book in hand. The authors were able to hold my attention pretty well too, which can be a problem when reading cookbooks.
I definitely recommend this book. It's clearly enough written that even beginners to freezing food will have no trouble finding their way, but not so simple that more advanced cooks turn their noses up in disgust at the Girl Scout troop level of the recipes (as in NOT so Fabulous Freezer Meals). Your money's well spent on this one.