*I received a copy of this book for review, but was not compensated financially in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based solely on my experiences while reading this book.*
Title: CookingLight® Complete Meals in Minutes
My family is a little disorganized when it comes to cooking. I envy the moms who are put together enough to plan out an entire week’s worth of dinners well in advance. “What’s for dinner?” is a question my husband, daughter, and I often ask because we have no idea what to make and I’m not creative enough to come up with new recipes on my own. I love looking at cook books and all the recipes they offer, but they make my head spin. So many ingredients, so many steps. Who has time for all of that?
The CookingLight® Complete Meals in Minutes is an amazing cook book that is so well put together, easy to read, and organized to perfection so I don’t have to be. Thanks to the colored divider tabs, I can save time by quickly finding a recipe for whatever I’m in the mood to fix, whether it’s a chicken dish, pasta, salad, appetizer, or dessert. Best of all, the three-ring binder allows me to remove any page I want from the book so I don’t have to tote this heavy hardcover into the kitchen and risk spilling ingredients on the pages I’ve not yet used.
The CookingLight® Complete Meals in Minutes is so much fun to flip through, and many of the recipes include beautiful pictures to give you an idea of what your finished product will look like. This book gave me the push I needed to attempt to put a meal plan together for my family. Unfortunately, my poor planning wasn’t as cost effective as my husband would have liked, so I’ve only been able to try one recipe so far since my friend and I had the ingredients on hand and were in the mood for a sweet treat. I think someone with better planning skills may have more luck in building a weekly menu including many of the recipes from this incredible cook book.
The recipe my friend and I chose to make is on page 476, and is for the Double Chocolate-Oatmeal Cookies. All of the ingredients involved are things most people may have in their kitchen as staples, perhaps with the exception of white chocolate. The steps to make the cookies are pretty standard, and anyone who has ever made cookies before will have no troubles following the simple recipe. The only downside to this recipe is that it only makes about 10 cookies, which isn’t ideal if you are preparing something for a party or a bake sale. However, they tasted great, and it wouldn’t be all that difficult to double the recipe.
Overall, I would recommend CookingLight® Complete Meals in Minutes. Most of the recipes take from 15-30 minutes to prepare, so your day won’t be entirely spent in the kitchen. I’m excited to try even more recipes from this book; I’m sure some of these have the potential to be new family favorites.