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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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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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Top Customer Reviews
The book is organized into seasons so you can take advantage of fresh veggies and fruits. I like the fact I can print the shopping lists off the internet.
After a couple of weeks of doing this, I had most of the staples on hand, so my shopping list is even smaller than before. An added plus is that I can now go to the grocery store and know EXACTLY what I need to get. No more "I might use this" only to have it languish in the depths of the pantry never to see the light of day again.
Leanne has gotten me back in the kitchen and LOVING it. I actually have told my husband, "No, I'd rather cook than eat out" (I can't believe I've actually said that), but that's how good these recipes are. I've tried things that I never thought would pass through my lips.
A real plus is that Ms. Ely is available by email to answer questions. She is sooooo nice.
I'd recommend this book to everyone.
The menus are great and the shopping lists make it all so easy. I can take it and buy everything I need for the week.
My sons, the best of the picky eaters, are eating things I never dreamed they would eat. I am actually able to get the eat fish (something they never did before). When they discovered that I was using cod, they got all excited and said they were eating Captain Hook. I realized soon enough that it was their own little joke about codfish. So now, they look forward to their weekly serving of Capt'n Hook, LOL.
I can not say enough good things about this book. It is a must for any kitchen. Even if you don't use the menus and only use it for the recipes it is worth it(though I wouldn't pass up such a great time saver if I were you). The food is so good and it is easy to follow the directions.
I have already decided to buy one for my sister and my best friend. Everyone needs this cookbook.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have a love / hate relationship with this book. I bought this book many years ago and it has gotten a fair bit of use in my house. Read morePublished 4 months ago by amest
Great book-concise, well organized and most of the receipes are good. I'm on by second copy-I wore out the firstPublished 5 months ago by Scott Harrings
Can't wait to try the recipes in this book!! Arrived quickly but had some writing in it even though it said that it was in very good condition.Published 12 months ago by Diana
I wouldn't call the book "gift quality" unless the mailing process may have caused the cover to be creased, but it wasn't a gift & I'm very happy with the book and price.Published 15 months ago by C. Wilson
Gross recipes. Better off using salt and pepper on a baked potato than eat and use these impractical recipes.Published 15 months ago by J.J.Woiwode