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Book Review | Make-Ahead Meals For Busy Moms


Title: Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms
Author: Jane Doiron
About the Book:
What if you could save valuable time, money and effort all while enjoying better meals with the whole family? Make-Ahead Meals for busy Moms shows you how with a whopping 140 delicious feasts that are so easy, you’ll never opt for take-out again?
The secret lies in Jane Doiron’s recipes optimized for make-ahead preparations. You’ll get special menus perfect for freezing, pre-assembling or quick reheating- so that you can plan your family’s dinners when you’re ready, not when you feel pressured and stressed out.
Inside Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms, discover:

  • Mouth-watering appetizers like crab melts, mini bacon quiche and sweet and spicy meatballs
  • Great-start breakfasts such as cranberry scones and make-ahead coffee cake
  • Filling mains, sides and soups including Italian restaurant chicken, pork Florentine, healthy broccoli slaw and hearty chili
  • Perfect desserts like tiramisu, mini cheesecakes and chocolate torte
  • Much, much more!
So go ahead- make your family fabulous meals on your time without the guilt of fast food. Take the stress out of dinner planning and try these delicious make-ahead recipes the whole clan will love!

My Review
 
I received a copy of the cookbook, Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms for review. I already own a large collection of cookbooks, but this one was set apart from the rest since it’s focus was on how to save time in the kitchen and how to make a meal that you can prepare ahead of time and have some leftover to freeze for future meals.
 
When I received the cookbook, I perused through the recipes to see which ones that my family would enjoy. I was impressed by the number of dessert recipes. These will be perfect for Christmas baking. I have already bought the ingredients to make the Peanut Butter Fudge- yum!
 
My boyfriend, John, is a big eater and loves a home cooked meal. I have to admit that I haven’t been cooking that much for him lately. The main reason is that my kitchen is in a state of demolition and is completely gutted! I was pleased to see that there were a number of recipes for main dishes that I could whip up without making a special trip to the grocery store. I really appreciated the author’s use of ingredients that were handy around the house. I live in a small town in Nova Scotia where it is impossible to find specialty items.
 
Of course I had to try out a recipe to be able to review the book, so I choose Taco Pie. I liked that it was simple to make and could be made ahead if I was short for time. I made it all at once and it tasted phenomenal!! It has a bottom layer of ground beef seasoned with taco mix and is topped with cornbread. It was soooooo good and I couldn’t believe I actually made something that tasted that mouthwatering. I am not the best cook and have ruined many a pot in my time! John really enjoyed it too and said it was one of the better dishes that I have made. We will definitely be having it again!
 
I can only make two critiques about this book. One is that I wish they had pictures so I could see what the dish is supposed to look like. Number two is that I wish there were more recipes with hamburger in it. We have lots of hamburger in our freezer and I am trying to think of creative ways to use it up. There’s a Sloppy Joe recipe that we are trying tonight.
 
I highly recommend Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms and I can’t wait to try out more recipes. When you get the book, make sure you try the Taco Pie and let me know your thoughts!!

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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