Thursday, April 26, 2012

Don't Panic Quick, Easy, and Delicious Meals for Your Family

About the Book:

Great meals for your busy family!

We're all busy, but that doesn't mean we have to eat like we are. You don't have to settle for feeding your family commercially packaged meals full of sodium and preservatives or fat-laced fast food. Quick and healthy meals from your very own kitchen are easy with delicious recipes like

*Southwestern Baked Cheese Dip
*Thai Chicken Wraps
*Walnut Spinach Salad
*Homestyle Mac & Cheese
*Slow Cooker Pork Chops
*Oven Roasted Orange Chicken
*Grilled Flat Iron Steak Sandwiches
*Spicy Shrimp and Asparagus Stir-Fry
*Fruit Pizza
*Mexican Chocolate Mousse
*and many more
From quick meals made on the grill or in the sauté pan to crockpot dishes that require little prep and cook while you're out for the day, the recipes in this cookbook are tasty and nutritious--and require less hands-on preparation than traditional meals. Easy appetizers and desserts; one-dish casseroles and pastas; simple soups, salads, and side dishes; and even fast breakfasts round out the selections. Meals that are freezer-friendly are marked for those who want to make ahead.

Give your family the best--the easy way!

Sample Recipe ( I made this):

Chicken Divan (page 131)

2 cups fresh broccoli

1/4 cup butter
1/3 cup flour
1/8 t. ground nutmeg
1/2 t. salt
1/8 t. pepper
1 cup milk, whole or 2 percent
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup dry white wine 
1/3 cup Swiss cheese, shredded

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and sliced
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 t. paprika

6 servings    20 minutes prep time   45 minutes total time


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Steam broccoli until crisp-tender. Arrange broccoli in an even layer on bottom of 9 x 13 baking dish.

For sauce: Melt butter in a medium sauce pan over medium hear then stir in flour, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add milk and broth all at once. Cook and stir until bubble, then continue to cook 1-2 minutes more. Stir in wine. Add Swiss cheese and stir until just melted.

My Thoughts:  

This was a great recipe and was easy to make. I loved that it used fresh broccoli over frozen. I will say you could probably use cooking wine if you don't have real wine. The only thing I would different in the future is possible add some garlic since I really like the flavor it brings.

My Review of the book:

This is a great cookbook for a beginner to intermediate cook. Many recipes are fairly basic while some are more complicated. If you own a lot of cookbooks this may not be the best since there may be some overlap, but over all it is great. It is broken down into many categories such as: Crock pot, oven baked dishes, appetizers, desserts and more. The cookbook is laid out well and the recipes are easy to understand. The only downside is there are no pictures. Also in the back there is metric conversion guide and other helpful guides to help take out the guess work. I only made two recipes so far, the one listed and the cheese fondue (which was heavenly :) ) but I am looking forward to trying more in the future. Overall I would give this cookbook 4.5 stars.

*I received this book through Revell for the purpose of this review, thank you Revell!!!

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