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The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook: Simple Family-Friendly Recipes for Everyday Home Cooking Kindle Edition
Cooking from Scratch as Simply as Possible
The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is the perfect way to get dinner on the table quickly and easily with recipes for tasty main dishes and flavorful side dishes, plus a sprinkling of sweet treats. The recipes in this book are made from scratch and each chapter conveniently separates them by cook time: 15–25-minute meals, 30–45-minute meals and 5–10-minute prep (meals cook on their own in the slow cooker or oven).
Looking for dinner ideas at the last minute? Your whole family will love Sweet Chipotle Chicken Bites, and they’re on the table—start to finish—in barely fifteen minutes. If you have just five minutes now and you need dinner in a couple of hours, prep Chicken Parmesan Meatloaf and dinner will be ready when you are. Want a delicious slow cooker meal you can start now and have ready to eat tonight? Try Slow Cooker Mexican Pulled Pork and pile the juicy pork into sandwiches, burritos or a tempting taco salad. With a few extra minutes but little effort, you can wow your family or guests with Creamy Balsamic Skillet Chicken or Red Chile Beef Enchiladas.
Whatever your occasion, there is a recipe here to help you get a fresh, great-tasting meal on the table in no time. Each entrée provides notes for side dishes as well as tips for adapting the recipe. Many recipes are gluten-free or suggest gluten-free substitutions. With this cookbook, preparing a homemade meal can be simple and stress-free, even on nights when you only have a few minutes to spare in the kitchen.
*80 recipes & 80 photographs*
Complete your collection with these other books in Mary Younkin's highly-rated weeknight cooking series:
- The Weeknight Dessert Cookbook
- The Weekday Lunches & Breakfasts Cookbook
About the Author
“Weeknight cooking has never been easier for the everyday home cook! Mary’s recipes make mealtime fun and memorable for on-the-go families.”―Sandy Coughlin, author of The Reluctant Entertainer
“It’s so challenging to think of what to feed my family during the work week, and Mary Younkin saves the day. I love that her recipes call for fresh ingredients, and she features food that my picky family likes to eat! This will be my go-to cookbook for family dinners.”―Lori Lange, founder of RecipeGirl.com and author of The Recipe Girl Cookbook
“Mary Younkin’s The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is a life-saver and must-have! She makes weeknight dinners manageable and innovative.”―Jenny Flake, Picky Palate
“For those of us looking to cook creative, delicious and minimal-prep meals in spite of our crazy schedules during the week, look no further than The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook. Mary Younkin has created the quintessential cookbook and life saving guide for the busy couple or family starved for time and sensational meals.”―Jocelyn Delk Adams, author of Grandbaby Cakes
“Mary has found the secret to getting delicious dinners on the table fast! No matter how much time you have, one of her homemade dinner or dessert recipes is sure to please everyone in the family.”―Christina Lane, author of the Dessert for Two cookbook
“This book is how I want to feed my family: real food used in practical ways. Each recipe is superb with the perfect amount of seasoning, variety and love. This is the cookbook that never leaves my kitchen counter!”―Amanda Rettke, bestselling author of Surprise-Inside Cakes
“The Weeknight Dinner Cookbook is an indispensable cookbook for all families. No matter how little time you have to cook there is a tempting meal in here for you!”―Rebecca Lindamood, author of Not Your Mama's Canning Book and founder of FoodieWithFamily.com
- ASIN : B019N665LE
- Publisher : Page Street Publishing (August 16, 2016)
- Publication date : August 16, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 18615 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 333 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #462,660 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #703 in Quick & Easy Cooking (Kindle Store)
- #2,090 in Quick & Easy Cooking (Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 28, 2020
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Let’s cut to the chase: I ** really ** like this book. There are at least a dozen recipes that I will be making over the next few months, and most lend themselves to quantity modification (cutting servings in half or doubling recipe to serve more).
The main dishes are divided into three sections: 15-25-Minute Meals, 30-45-Minute Meals, and 5-10-Minute Prep (Meals Cook on Their Own). Then there are chapters for side dishes, condiments, and stress-free desserts. There is great variety (including Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, and US Regional), and most use ingredients that are easy to find in most supermarkets. Each recipe includes a photo to introduce the recipe. Instructions are clear and easy to follow.
I purchased the Kindle version of this, and noticed none of the formatting issues that sometimes plague Kindle editions of printed cookbooks.
My usual process when I review a cookbook is to prepare three recipes to check on accuracy, editing, and clarity. Here are my three from this book:
1. 15-25-Minute Meals —
Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Broccoli
There’s nothing easier than baking-sheet dinners, and this is a particularly good example of one. I started with a side of salmon from our local Lummi Island fishery and cut it into 4 servings. The sauce for this is a yummy combination of oil, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, apricot jam, garlic, red pepper flakes and cayenne pepper. Sweet and spicy is right! The salmon is cooked on the sheet pan with broccoli florets, drizzled with the sauce and popped under the broiler for a total of about 10 minutes. The result is perfectly cooked fish with a nicely balanced sweet/spicy sauce, and broccoli that still has a bit of a “crunch” to it. I served this with jasmine rice. Perfection! Super easy, super tasty, definitely a keeper.
2. 30-45-Minute Meals —
Green Chile and Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Another easy-to-put-together supper dish. This one uses chicken breasts, with a stuffing of pepper Jack cheese and chopped green chiles (yes, that’s all, and it’s really enough). The stuffed breast is breaded with crushed pretzels, some more of the pepper Jack cheese, and taco seasoning. Assemble everything, coat the chicken with the breading, spritz with a little olive oil cooking spray and bake until cooked through (20-25 minutes). I served this with a corn/black bean/red bell pepper salad. Another winner!
3. Stress-Free Desserts
Lemon Curd Mini Cheesecakes
These light lemony cheesecake miniatures are baked in a standard muffin tin, which decreases the baking time. Fairly standard graham cracker crust, fairly standard cream cheese filling that is topped and swirled with lemon curd. This recipe depends to a great degree on the quality of your lemon curd. I’ve made this recipe twice now, once with my own homemade lemon curd, and once with a “good” jarred curd. Both were good, but the version made with my own curd was noticeable better according to two friends who tried both in a blind tasting. Making your own curd will add to the time and effort involved in this, so going for a store-bought curd is perfectly acceptable — just make sure you get a really good quality one. I’m not sure this is special enough to replace another recipe I like to use for mini cheesecakes, but it’s a good recipe.
So there it is. As I said, I really really like this book. There are so many tempting recipes here that I plan to make over the next few months (e.g., Pan-Fried Pork Medallions with Creamy Wine Sauce, Bow-Tie Pasta with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts, Crispy Breaded White Fish with Sriracha Aioli — all of these are from the 15-25-Minute chapter, plus another 10 or so from the 30-45-Minute chapter, sides, and desserts). This one is going into my kitchen bookshelf (I keep 5-10 books in my kitchen; the rest of my collection is split among bookcases several rooms).
Solid 5 stars — I love it.
In summary: excellent cook book. I hope there are more from this author
The book is broken up in different meal prep times: 15-25 min meals, 30-45 min meals, 5-10 min. prep meals (that cook on their own), Simple Side Dishes, Condiments & Spices (which is awesome) and Stress-free Desserts (yum)! The only thing I do wonder about is the binding. I hope it will hold up through the many years of (over)use LOL. Only time will tell. Regardless, I highly recommend and give an enthusiastic two thumbs up!