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Saving Dinner: The Menus, Recipes, and Shopping Lists to Bring Your Family Back to the Table Paperback – August 25, 2009
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“Knowing what’s for supper is the key to getting rid of the chaos. This is one of the most powerful tools out there to make it happen.”—Marla Cilley, the FlyLady, author of Sink Reflections
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Certified nutritionist Leanne Ely has a simple philosophy: ?Make it and they will come.? Dinner, that is. Take-out, opening a can, or microwave fare shouldn?t pass for a nice, healthy meal?and nothing can replace a family?s time together. Believe it or not, preparing dinner can be a stress-free endeavor. Even your time in the supermarket can be cut in half!
Full of practical tips on simple, healthy meal planning, Saving Dinner is the ideal solution for today?s busy parents who would love to have their family sitting around the dinner table once again?sharing stories along with a nutritious meal. Efficiently divided by season, each section features six weeks of menus with delicious recipes, side dish suggestions, and an itemized grocery list that is organized by product (dairy, meat, produce) to make one-stop shopping a snap. Plus the book is packed with helpful hints and short cuts in the kitchen that make cooking easier and more fun.
From Big Basil Burgers and Salmon Carbonara to Crockpot Chili and Spicy Apricot Chicken, Saving Dinner will have your family coming back to the table?and back again for seconds!
Leanne Ely is considered the expert on family cooking and healthy eating. Between her popular ?Heart of a Woman? radio show in Southern California and her weekly ?Food for Thought? column on the ever-popular Flylady.net Web site, thousands of fans have already discovered Leanne?s secrets to easily prepared, well-balanced meals.
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Believe me, when my family used to ask me, "What's for dinner?", my usual response was along the lines of, "I don't know, what are you making?" Imagine their surprise the last several weeks of coming home every night to something good and different and not once has anyone been asked to go pick up take out. Without this book I am a decent cook but my problem has always been the planning part. Working and taking care of so many other things at once has always put the meal planning at the bottom of my priority list. Since getting this book I really feel like I'm doing something great for my family and the amount of stress that has been relieved from me in the evening has actually made me feel like the evenings really are time to relax and unwind with my family. Much better.
I got cookbook/guide a while ago and used it haphazardly at first, choosing to follow it on some weeks and ignore it on others.
Then, a friend of mine who saw it at my house and ordered it started following it faithfully and told me of her good experiences with the book. I decided that I would give it a go, and have not been disappointed.
I have only skipped one recipe in the "schedule," called Beans and Greens, because I knew my family would not go for it, but I make all the others without prejudice. For instance, last night I made the Mexican Lasagne and even though I KNOW my daughter doesn't like beans/legumes, I put the black beans in the recipe anyway, just as it was written. Surprise! She loved it!
I am of the opinion that it is good to expose our kids to all kinds of different foods and not give in to their eating quirks and preferences or you end up creating the "mac and cheese-only" monster.
My family has enjoyed every recipe I have made, and I spend far less time stressing over dinner. We have saved time, money and effort, and I can safely recommend this book now from EXPERIENCE.
One caveat I should mention- sometimes I notice that the author could be a little more clear in her instructions. If you are a brand new cook, you may run into some confusion over some of the recipes. I would suggest reading through them first and making sure you understand everything before you begin cooking. For example, in the recipe I cooked last evening (Mex. Lasagne), one of the ingredients listed was a can of enchilada sauce. A can? How many ounces? I couldn't find enchilada sauce at my grocery, so decided to make my own from a recipe, but I needed to know how many ounces of sauce to add to the recipe. I ended up doing a search on the internet and found that Ortega sells cans of Enchilada Sauce that are 10 oz. it would have been a lot easier if the ingredient list called for one 10 oz. can of enchilada sauce....
Still, a little creativity usually overcomes these few shortfalls. I still think the book is good enough to give it a 5 star rating.
1. The menus are family friendly, healthy and economical. There is a balance between vegetarian and maat-based recipes, reducing dependence on meat and reducing the costs for food. From Turkey Meat Loaf (the FIRST turkey meat loaf I ever liked) to Pea Soup, the recipes are tasty, kid friendly and yet sophisticated enough for adult palates.
2. There is a shopping list for EACH week, making trips to the grocery store quick and easy. Fresh ingredients are used and there are no recipes using foods with artificial preservatives, chemicals or artifical dyes.
3. The menus are arranged by season, which means you aren't going to waste money on a lot of items that are out of season or costly.
4. The author has helpful tips on nearly every page and even though I've been cooking for our family for years, I learned plenty of new info. That, in itself, made the book valuable to me since I now prepare even more nutritious meals for my family and I shop more wisely as well.
5. All the recipes are easy to prepare and fit into busy schedules. That's a definite plus!